Crimea is being forced into 'Russification'

Nearly six months after its annexation by Russia, Crimea – formerly an autonomous region in Ukraine – is rapidly undergoing “Russification”. Although the Russian-speaking majority appears satisfied with this change, the Ukrainian-speaking minority says it is being discriminated against by the new regime. On Sunday, a small group who gathered to celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day were stopped by the police. Read more...

Video: Tunisian policeman assaults theft victim for “wasting his time”


This footage shows a resident of Tunis that had gone to the police station to report the theft of his wallet being attacked by a policeman who felt the man was “wasting his time”. Read more...
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A soap bucket challenge… to prevent Ebola


“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”… A resident of Abidjan, Édith Brou, has taken this saying to heart. Given the risk of the deadly Ebola virus soon reaching Ivory Coast, Brou is seeking to raise awareness about hygiene-based preventative measures via an online video campaign. Read more...
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From Africa to Asia, the scaly anteater is being hunted to extinction

The pangolin is the only truly scaled mammal in the world and is, fittingly, nicknamed the scaly anteater. In Gabon, where its meat is particularly popular, and, in Vietnam, where its scales are thought to have healing powers, our Observers have been raising the alarm about a sharp increase in the poaching of this animal on the brink of extinction. Read more..

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“Painting on death” in war-torn Syria


As the war in Syria drags on, its citizens must cope with the so-called new normal of violence, shortages, air raids and lack of basic amenities. This is the story of one Syrian artist, who uses old artillery shells and casings to create something beautiful in the besieged suburb of Douma. Read more...
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Bangladeshi villagers up to their knees in climate change

Each year, more and more land is flooded around the coastal village of Chittatong in southern Bangladesh. The water is rising around this low-lying nation,which is one of the places most affected by climate change. Our Observer used photos to show the disastrous effects global warming has on the daily life of local people. Read more...

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Training for the zombie apocalypse: fun, games – and serious skills


Would you survive a zombie apocalypse? Instead of waiting to find out, some people are getting ready by going to zombie preparedness camps, where they learn all the skills they might need to outlive the undead. Read more…
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Behind the scenes of Benin’s online 'healing' scams


“I am a marabout healer with 30 years of experience, and I can make any woman fall madly in love with you and even multiply the number of bills in your wallet.” You might have seen this type of claim in your inbox or your Facebook messages. We decided to delve deeper into these absurd— and sometimes inadvertently hilarious—claims. Read more...
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Pygmies in 'mortal danger' in southern DR Congo


Pygmy people have been targeted in repeated attacks by armed Mai Mai groups made up by members of the Baluba tribe in Katanga province, in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Our Observer met some Pygmies who fled their traditional forest homes to escape the ongoing violence. He says that they are facing “extermination.” Read more...
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Fury and fear at slow removal of Ebola bodies in Liberia

With Ebola spreading at an alarming rate in Liberia, anger is growing over the slow removal of the deceased, with incidences being reported of bodies lying in the open for days before being collected. In some cases, residents have set up roadblocks on major roads to get the authorities’ attention, according to our Observers. Read more...

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