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Video: Shiite militias use same brutal tactics as Islamic State


A disturbing video filmed by soldiers fighting for the Kurdish Peshmerga reveals gruesome tactics used by Shiite militias battling to push Islamic State organisation jihadists out of Iraq. The images show the beheaded corpses of two IS fighters being dragged on the ground by a vehicle. Read more...
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'Way way': Algeria’s subversive new dance


“Way way”, also known as “Ey ey ey”, is a new street dance that has become very popular among Algeria’s youth in the past few months. These choreographies, danced to Raï music, are tinged with caustic humour that isn’t to the taste of many adults. Read more...
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Syrian massacre reveals conflict between IS group and local tribes

The bodies of 230 people were discovered last week in the province of Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria. The victims were members of the Sunni Shaitat tribe, which has refused to pledge loyalty to the Islamic State jihadist group, largely due to economic reasons. Read more…

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Islamabad protesters demand mosque leader condemn school massacre

One hundred and thirty-two children were killed by the Pakistani Taliban in their attack on a school in Peshawar earlier this week. But this was not enough to get the leader of one of the country’s biggest public mosques, the Red Mosque in Islamabad, to condemn the Taliban. In a brave move, hundreds of protesters showed up in front of the mosque Thursday night to demand he do so. Read more…

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Video shows vicious beating of diamond miners in Angola


A horrifying new video shows private security guards viciously beating diamond miners in northern Angola. Our Observer managed to have this video smuggled out of a heavily-guarded diamond concession. Read more...
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‘Anti-fascist’ and ‘anti-immigration’ groups face off in Dresden


For the past seven weeks, activists protesting Germany’s immigration policy and the spread of Islam in the West have been marching each Monday in Dresden, a city in eastern Germany. In response, counter-protests have been organised to denounce rampant xenophobia. As tensions between the two groups increase, the situation is quickly heading towards a face-off. Read more…

Video of sisters beating ‘sexual harassers’ strikes chord with Indian women


A video of two sisters beating a man they say sexually harassed them has gone viral in India. The sisters are being hailed online as heroes by many Indians, especially women, who say sexual harassment is a sadly common occurrence that too often goes unpunished. Read more...
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