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Mystery surrounds Ukraine’s ‘special forces’

 
A video showing several men dressed up in full combat gear refusing to explain who they are has stirred curiosity in Ukraine. These men are not wearing any known police or army insignia, which has led to rumours swirling about their identity. Read more…
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Street theatre denounces rampant violence in southern Yemen

Since December, southern Yemen has been hit by a wave of violence, particularly in the separatist Hadramout province. This has galvanized youth there to put on elaborate street theatre shows to spread a message of peace. Read more…

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Why protests are growing in eastern Ukraine

 
Anti-government protests in Ukraine’s east, which has traditionally had close ties to Russia, spread rapidly over the weekend, with demonstrators attempting to seize government buildings in several cities. Activists in two of these cities explain how this happened. Read more...

Video: Less than diplomatic scenes at Syria peace talks

Heated disputes at the Syrian peace talks, known as Geneva-2, have been caught on camera in two videos shot behind the scenes at the conference. Read more...

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Boy's death in S. African pit toilet highlights appalling school sanitation

 
A young boy has died in a South African school after falling into an open pit toilet and drowning. Unlike modern toilets, a pit latrine consists of a large pit dug below the toilet which collects human waste. In a country that paid billions to host the football World Cup four years ago, children are still going to schools that lack even basic toilets. Read more…
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Favela teens unwelcome in Brazil’s shopping centres

 
Tension is growing in Brazil over “rolezinhos” (“little strolls”), which are flash-mob style gatherings of teenagers from poor urban areas (favelas) in the country’s luxury shopping centres. Sometimes hundreds of teens meet in these malls, which are largely used by Brazil’s wealthy minority, to party, dance, and sing funk songs. Recently, the police sparked outrage after using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the teenagers. Read more…
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In images: Floodwaters wreak havoc in southern France

 
Torrential flooding has killed at least two people in the southern French province of Var, one of whom was reportedly swept away by floodwaters in his car. The coastal towns of Hyères and La Londe-les-Maures have been devastated by the downpours, which have been battering the region since Friday. Photos and videos posted on social media websites reveal the full extent of the damage. Read more...
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Drug dealers clash in Iranian border city

 
In the poorest neighbourhoods of Zahedan, a city in southeastern Iran, daily clashes take place between drug gangs, which include women and young children. The drug trade is rife there, due to the city’s location near the borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan. Read more...
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