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Video of Syrians eating cat “appears staged”

 
In a video published on October 28, two men are filmed skinning, cooking and eating a cat, allegedly because they face dire food shortages in their neighbourhood of the Damascus suburbs. While it is not impossible that Syrian civilians may have resorted to this where the fighting is fiercest and life the hardest, this video appears to have been carefully staged to create maximum impact. Read more...
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20 amateur images that have helped make history

 
From the Normandy landings to the Arab Spring, the history of the 20th and 21st century has been caught on camera. There are of course plenty of propaganda videos and journalists’ reports, but key moments in history have also been captured by regular people who happened to be at the right place at the right time. See FRANCE 24's selection of the most striking amateur images in modern history...
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Syrian jihadists' new recruitment technique: slick suicide attack videos

 
Suicide attacks have been used as a war tactic for decades. However, in Syria, jihadists are also using suicide attacks as a recruitment tool by producing polished propaganda videos of the attacks, intended for online consumption. Read more...
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Caught on camera: Yemeni teacher gives 200 students a thrashing

 
A video of what initially appears to be a sport class quickly takes on a more disturbing tone. Amateur video footage from a high school in Taiz, southwest Yemen, shows a teacher giving students thrashings with a cane. Read more...

Striking videos of Australian wildfires

 
Firefighters are battling multiple major wildfires in southeastern Australia, where authorities fear two of them could merge together to create a “mega-fire”. Many local residents have captured the blazes on camera. Watch videos...

Family vacation? No, 'family jihad' in Syria

 
As hundreds of thousands of Syrians flee the war in their country, others are doing everything they can to reach the battle zones. Around 150 Kazakhs said to be from the same family – including very young children, teenagers, women and men – left their country “to fulfil their duty of jihad in the Levant”. Jihadist networks have been proudly circulating images of their relocation to Syria. Read more...
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Caught on camera: Sao Paulo police shoots motorbike thief

This striking video illustrates the rampant crime problem in Brazil, as well as its police force’s take-no-prisoners response to it. The scene takes place in eastern Sao Paulo. A motorcycle rider with a camera attached to his helmet captures the moment he is stopped by a young man on a motorbike, who points a gun at his face. Watch the video...

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'Climate of fear' for Moscow's foreign workers after riots

 
One of our Observers filmed the violent clashes that broke out Sunday in southern Moscow during anti-immigration protests. This tension actually benefits some business owners, who exploit immigrants, as a second of our Observers in Moscow explains. Read more…

The high price of smuggling in Iran

With the cost of life rising in Iran, more and more Iranians are travelling to Kurdish cities in the country’s west to go shopping, since all sorts of goods are much cheaper there. However, these savings come with a human price. The reason these goods are so cheap is that they are brought in from Iraqi Kurdistan by ‘kulbars’, or smugglers, who risk their lives in the process. Read more...

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