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Mozambique residents flee homes amid fears of a return to civil war

In Mozambique, fighting between government forces and rebels has been reported in several regions. In the southern province of Inhambane, our Observer says that the latest outbreak of violence has driven panic-stricken residents to flee their homes. Read more...

Residents flee Iraqi city of Fallujah in anticipation of bloody battles

 
For more than a week, clashes have been taking place between the regular Iraqi army and Sunni fighters – some of whom have links to Al Qaeda – on the outskirts of Fallujah, in central Iraq. Residents have chosen to flee the city for fear of being caught in the middle of the vicious fighting. Read more...
 
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Footballers play by flashlight to protest Togo electricity 'injustice'

 
Young men from Akparé in northern Togo are drawing attention to the complete lack of electricity in the town, by playing night-time football the only way they can: with flashlights and lanterns. That’s despite the fact that they live a stone's throw away from a power plant. Read more...
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Cambodian troops beat up garment workers campaigning for living wage

After two weeks of unprecedented strikes by garment factory workers, Cambodian authorities launched a crackdown on Thursday, sending in troops in riot gear to violently disperse protesters. Witnesses report that dozens of people were injured, including monks who had come out to support the factory workers. Our Observer says that Cambodian workers are shockingly underpaid to make clothing for large Western brands. Read more...

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Bloodshed in western Iraq following anti-terrorist operation

 
The dismantling of a camp suspected of being an al Qaeda hideout to the west of Baghdad has led to a series of religious clashes, as well as a political crisis. In this region, where the population is majority Sunni, this intervention was perceived as discriminatory against this community and, according to our Observer, actually helped further the terrorists’ agenda. Read more...
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Southern Algeria riots: Did the police pick sides?

 
Over the past week, young Arab clashed with members of the Berber community known as Mozabites in several neighbourhoods in Ghardaïa, a city 600 kilometres south of Algiers. This conflict was stoked by videos posted online showing youths carrying out attacks as police forces look on. Read more...
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The most striking amateur videos of 2013

 
From Bahrain to Russia, from Guinea to Syria, amateurs filmed more of the world’s news in 2013 than any year before. The FRANCE 24 Observers team has rounded up some of the most striking of these videos. Watch the videos...
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Targeted by the police, pro-Morsi students boycott final exams

 
Al-Azhar University in Cairo is fraught with tension in this final exam period: while exams started on Saturday, many students that support the Muslim Brotherhood have chosen to boycott them. These students wish to denounce the sanctions that have been imposed on their fellow students that dared to openly support ousted president Mohammed Morsi in the last few weeks. Read more…
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Police crack down on street vendors in DR Congo

 
Authorities in Kinshasa have launched a crackdown on street vendors who sell their wares on the capital’s avenues. Though this was presented as a “pedagogical” operation, police ended up destroying and burning stalls on Wednesday morning. One of our Observers filmed them in action. Read more...
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Activists struggle to get elderly polar bear out of the Argentina heat

Arturo is a 28-year-old polar bear who lives in a zoo in Mendoza, Argentina. For months, activists have been campaigning to get him out of Mendoza, saying the scorching hot weather is taking a toll on him. A zoo in Canada has even offered to adopt him, but local authorities have swayed back and forth on whether to let him go. Read more…

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