The controversy behind Nairobi senator's 'free' Rescue Team


Saving grannies, bringing clean water to slums, helping young brides get married in style... Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko launched Kenya's Sonko Rescue as a privately-funded “rapid response” to the problems of everyday residents of the capital, for which he says the government doesn’t provide. But while smiling photos and tearful accounts testify to the way Sonko has personally helped many Kenyans, is this an attempt to create parallel public services without any oversight? Read more...
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Is an Iraqi militia really using high-tech combat robots?


These little machines aren’t NASA's latest Mars rovers built to scour the red planet, but combat robots deployed by none other than an Iraqi militia group. The Shiite militia Saraya Al Salam is currently taking part in an offensive against the Islamic State organisation in Tikrit. In a video, the group brags that it built these sophisticated war machines entirely by itself. Read more...
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Kenyan restaurant bans black Africans after 5pm


The rule at the creatively-named Chinese Restaurant in Nairobi was simple: after 5pm, no black Africans could enter the premises. Since the Daily Nation newspaper first reported this shocking story on Monday, Kenyans have taken to social media to express their outrage. Much of the anger has been directed at Kenya’s rapidly growing Chinese community. Read more...
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Young Syrian comedians take aim at Islamic State group


The jihadist emir is busy smoking, drinking and sending 'selfies' on WhatsApp, but when a young recruit stops by, the emir quickly takes on the persona of a man of virtue. Strapping a belt packed with explosives around the young man’s waist, the emir promises him trouble-free entry to paradise. "We'll meet again!" he exclaims before sending him off. For some young Syrians living in Turkey, comedy sketches like this are a way to use humour to fight back against the Islamic State group's reign of barbaric terror and hypocrisy. Read more...

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China’s future footballers miss the target by a long shot


China's president recently announced his country's intention to host a football World Cup in the near future. In order to become a world champion football nation, Chinese officials are doing their best to introduce the “joys of the round ball” to the youth. There's just one problem: the methods being used are somewhat surprising to say the least. Read more...

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Afghan woman brutally lynched by mob in Kabul for 'burning Koran'

An Afghan woman was brutally beaten to death and then burned by a bloodthirsty crowd made up almost entirely of men in Kabul last Thursday. Gruesome footage has emerged of the mob lynching 27-year-old Farkhunda who was accused of burning a Koran near a mosque. The attack has triggered a wave of indignation throughout the country. Read more ...

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Tunisia attacks: 'Why I posted photos while the assault was underway'

Hidden away for two hours in a room in Tunis's Bardo museum, one man managed to take dozens of photos and post them online as terrorists launched an attack on the building. The images instantly began circulating on social media networks. He agreed to tell us how and why he did it...

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Iran's coast guard uses 'battering ram' to stop illegal fishing


Along Iran's protected Miankaleh Peninsula on the Caspian Sea coastline, fisherman have been illegally fishing for years. Seizing their small boats doesn't appear to be dissuading them. So Iran's coast guard has come up with a radical technique: ram into the vessels at sea, and leave the helpless fishermen to fend for themselves. Read more...


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Mob lynching follows attack on Lahore's Christians

A double suicide attack targeted worshippers leaving Mass on Sunday in Lahore's Youhanabad area. The deadly bombings were instantly followed by gruesome mob reprisals: two men suspected of being terrorists were lynched by a crowd in broad daylight. Our Observer says he feels helpless amid the spiralling violence. Read more...

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No respite for Burma’s Rohingya in Bangladesh


Thousands of Burma's persecuted Rohingya Muslims have poured into neighbouring Bangladesh to scrape a living in makeshift camps. Yet once over the border, many face new hardships. Bangladeshi authorities tore down a refugee camp a month ago without warning. Our Observers describe the daily suffering of a stateless people. Read more...
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