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Hô Chi Minh City’s vanishing colonial architecture


According to our Observers in Hô Chi Minh City, one of the most beautiful villas built during the French colonial period is at risk of being demolished in order to make way for new construction projects. This villa is just one example among many of the disappearance of Vietnam’s colonial heritage. Read more...

Secretly filming in the IS-group held city of Raqqa

Despite the risks, a young activist in Raqqa, a Syrian city held by the Islamic State organisation, has been secretly filming its streets on his mobile phone for more than a week. He shares his story with the FRANCE 24 Observers...

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Mob attacks African students in Indian metro

Videos have emerged of three African students nearly being lynched in the New Delhi metro. Accused of sexual harassment, they were beat with chairs and sticks as a mob screamed at them. Read more...

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Libyan refugees denounced as 'rich and rude' in Tunisia


They’re said to be unruly, rude to women, and are triggering price inflation: Libyan refugees have a bad rap in Tunisia. Over the past few months, thousands have arrived in Tunisia, fleeing the fighting in their own country. In Tunis, two such refugees explain their community’s reputation with Tunisians and the discrimination they face. Read more...
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The ‘flying coffin’: a lynching tool in Ivory Coast


A coffin carried by local residents became a macabre tool used to lynch two people in Cosrou, a village in the southern Ivory Coast, during a so-called “flying coffin” ceremony. Believers say that this rite allows the deceased to identify those responsible for his death. But in reality, these ceremonies are often ways to settle scores between local residents. Read more...
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Hong Kongers put the “civil” in civil disobedience


Since the weekend, tens of thousands of Hong Kongers have protested in the streets in a remarkably calm fashion. Despite being tear-gassed by the police, the vast majority of demonstrators have been relaying messages of peace and carefully cleaning up after themselves. Here's a closer look at how they've managed to keep this atmosphere of civility intact. Read more...
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Doubts surround Boko Haram leader’s "third death"


Last Thursday, the Nigerian army announced that a high-ranking member of Boko Haram had died in battle. Using amateur photos and videos as evidence, they claimed that the man in question “played the role” of Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s proclaimed leader. This confusing announcement has left many unconvinced, especially since the Islamist sect is known for its attempts to obfuscate. Read more...
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