Students rebuild amid militia fighting in Tripoli


The fighting in Tripoli has delayed its university’s opening for the new school year, but instead of sitting around, a group of students got together to fix-up homes destroyed in the ongoing conflict. Read more...
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China's cricket fight clubs: a lucrative business


The onset of autumn is highly anticipated by China's cricket fighting amateurs. Over one thousand years old, these traditional insect games are still popular today – and a whole industry has developed around these miniature duels. Read more…

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Iranian artists catch foreign galleries’ attention with nudity, sexuality


While artists in Iran aren’t allowed to show nudes – at least not in public – they’re finding that portraying naked or overtly sexual women is helping them get into galleries abroad. Our Observer, an Iranian artist who has worked in European art galleries, has watched this become a growing trend. Read more...
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Gay youths help one another by posting coming-out videos online


A disturbing video of a 19-year-old man being physically and verbally abused by his family after admitting he was gay caused a stir in American LGBT social media circles when it surfaced online two weeks ago. But it’s far from the only one – many young LGBT youth are sharing videos of their coming-outs, whether they encounter negative or positive reactions, in an effort to help others muster the courage to come out too. Read more...

New Iraqi Shiite militia copycats Islamic State atrocities


The Islamic State organisation (IS), a jihadist group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq, is infamous for releasing gory images of the atrocities its fighters commit. But now, a newly-formed Shiite militia fighting IS in Iraq has committed a similar act by recording a video where its combatants pose with severed heads. Read more...
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US State Department trolls would-be jihadists with grisly video

This is no regular jihadist recruitment video. While it’s just as shockingly violent as the kind of videos the Islamic State organization regularly posts online – indeed, it uses some of their footage, as well as footage from news outlets – this video takes a mocking tone to try to steer potential recruits away from joining the group. Its makers? None other than the US State Department. Read more...

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A childbirth odyssey in austerity-hit Greece


The island of Santorini, located in the Cyclades archipelago in southern Greece, is often said to be one of the world's most beautiful. But although it may be paradise on earth for tourists, it is less so for local residents. Our Observer there explains that she will be forced to give birth on the faraway mainland because Greece’s drastic austerity policies have severely diminished the medical services available on the island. Read more...
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Fake photo of ‘dead’ Islamic State leader circulates online

An image showing a corpse that looks like Islamic State organisation leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been making the rounds online over the past few days. However, it is fake: Al-Baghdadi’s face has been photoshopped onto another man’s body. Read more...

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Video: Calais migrants taking increasing risks to reach UK


For the migrants who have reached the French port of Calais, reaching England is an obsession.They are willing to take any risks to reach this El Dorado, as is clearly demonstrated in this video which shows dozens of migrants attempting to climb into moving vehicles on the national highway. Read more…

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