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The mysterious origins of Iran's animated anti-Israel films

 
It’s an all-out war between Iran and Israel – in cartoon form. And Iran is winning, at least according to a string of explosion-filled propaganda films the country continues to release. Though Hassan Rohani’s government has sought to somewhat assuage tensions with Israel, these 3D animated films, which first appeared under his predecessor’s reign, keep on coming.  Read more...
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Coronavirus: Saudis defy ban and kiss their camels

 
Faced with a surge in MERS coronavirus cases, Saudi authorities have warned camel herders to be wary of their animals, which they believe transmit the disease. Yet many believe this is nonsense, and to show it, they are instead lavishing attention on their animals. Read more...
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Videos: Vietnamese authorities lose grip on anti-China protests

 
Protesters went on the rampage in southern Vietnam on Tuesday, ransacking and setting fire to factories they believed to be owned by Chinese companies, though not all were. They were angered by China’s move to implant an oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea. However, our Observer explains that nationalism wasn’t the only factor that led to the violence. Read more…
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Video: Hospital targeted by bombs in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains

 
They thought they were reporting on a religious ceremony, but instead they captured a bombing on camera. Citizen journalists were filming at the only hospital in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan province, where Sudan’s army is battling rebels, when it was bombed by military jets, according to doctors there. Read more…
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Video: Police beat up man who refused to pay bribe

 
A video filmed by one of our Observers shows a car washer being beat up by four police officers in the streets of Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, on Tuesday. Our Observers says the young man was attacked because he refused to pay the police a bribe. Read more....
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Video: Taiwanese protesters survive wild ride on hood of lawmaker’s car

 
Videos have emerged of anti-nuclear plant protesters grabbing onto the hood of a Taiwanese member of parliament's car as he tried to flee -- and hanging on for several kilometres. Watch the videos...

Iranian President’s wife sparks outrage with 'wild party'

 
Last Saturday, the Iranian first lady, wife of Iranian President Hassan Rohani, threw a party to mark Women’s Day, celebrated on the birthday of Prophet Muhammad’s daughter Fatima. Ultra-conservative outcry at this so-called “lavish ball” has sparked many spoofs videos from bloggers and Rohani supporters. Read more...
 
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