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From Abidjan to Kiev, the world dances to Pharrell's 'Happy'

 
From Ivory Coast to Ukraine’s Maidan square, thousands of people have made their own version of American superstar Pharrell Williams' smash hit music video, “Happy”. Watch our picks...
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Video shows crowd siding with criminal in Iran public execution

 
A video has emerged of a man making a last-ditch effort to flee his public execution in Iran, raising questions over the government's regular use of this punishment. Read more...
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The fanciful claims of Russian propaganda amid Ukraine's crisis

 
As the threat of armed conflict hangs over Ukraine, Russian media outlets are firing the opening salvoes of a parallel propaganda war. But several reports have already raised eyebrows. We get to the bottom of three fanciful claims currently making the rounds. Read more...
 
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Saudi comedians test authorities' limits online

 
Over the past few years, online comedians have become increasingly popular in Saudi Arabia, where younger generations are turning away from TV shows in favour of the self-produced skits that have been popping up all over YouTube. These videos have emerged a small bastion of freedom in the conservative kingdom. Read more...
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Rocks, sticks and AK-47s: The weapons of Ukraine’s protests

 
Clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces reached unprecedented levels of violence in the streets of Kiev Thursday. One one side, the authorities no longer hesitate to use snipers. On the other, more protesters are using makeshift weapons, and in some instances light firearms. Read more…
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In Kiev, 'titushki' thugs shoot live bullets at protesters

As fighting raged between Ukrainian security forces and protesters Tuesday night, “titushkis”, who are thugs for hire, were spotted causing trouble in Kiev. Two of our Observers saw them shooting live bullets at protesters. Read more…

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Video of horse being beaten shocks Saudis

 
In a country where the horse is king, the following video has caused a real scandal. Two men were filmed violently striking a horse’s forehead and laughing. The video has widely circulated online, prompting many Saudis to call for the men to be brought to justice. Read more...
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