Basketball falls victim to the CAR conflict

 
In Central African Republic, even sport has fallen victim to the country’s raging conflict. With the break-down of security hampering an already decaying infrastructure, the authorities have had no choice but to suspend the popular national basketball championship league since December 2013. Read more...
 

Nigeria schoolgirls kidnapping: “The wait is unbearable”

 
Parents of the schoolgirls kidnapped in northern Nigeria have told FRANCE 24 that, though the military said the girls were freed on Wednesday, their daughters are still missing. One father was brave enough to describe his agonizing wait. Read more...
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Angolans battle to save iconic theatre bridging past and present

 
There are many casualties in the rapid expansion of Luanda, the capital of Angola and now one of the most expensive cities in the world. One may soon be the Elinga Theatre. Its loss would deprive Luanda of a historical landmark and a social space that, according to our Observer, bridges the country's political and socioeconomic divides. Read more...
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Iraq: your next holiday destination?

 
The word “Iraq” generally evokes images of al Qaeda, terrorism, sectarian strife, and so on. But what if there was another face of Iraq to explore? Our Observer is trying to prove exactly that. He believes that certain areas of the country that used to be tourist hotspots could relive their glory days. Read more…
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Fury in China after oil leak causes toxic tap water

 
An oil leak last Thursday caused an increase in the benzene levels in the drinking water of Lanzhou, a city in northwestern China. Since benzene is a toxic and carcinogenic liquid chemical, the city’s residents rushed to local supermarkets to stock up on bottled water, before city officials had a chance to deal with the problem. But many residents feel that the authorities failed to warn them of the serious health risks they faced. Read more…
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Graffiti defaces prehistoric rock art in Libya

 
One of the most beautiful historic sites in Libya is under threat. Our observer has sounded the alarm over the situation at Tadrart Acacus, a mountain range in the country’s desert south where vandals have been destroying prehistoric rock art dating back thousands of years. Read more...
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Moscow residents rally to save Soviet-era 'Eiffel Tower'

 
The Shukhov Tower is an iconic symbol of Moscow, much like the Eiffel Tower represents Paris. Yet the Russian government is on the verge of dismantling it. This strikes many Muscovites as an aberration, and an online campaign to save the tower has highlighted the absence of any kind of policy to protect Russia's cultural heritage. Read more...
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New Delhi's homeless cast their votes for the first time

 
On Thursday, voters in New Delhi cast ballots in India’s general election. For the first time ever, homeless people in the Indian capital were also able to participate. Read more...

Afghanistan ‘vote fraud’ videos raise alarm

Over the past few days, several amateur videos appearing to show election fraud in last Saturday’s election in Afghanistan have circulated on social networks. Some of them show people stamping piles of ballots. While it is not possible to prove the ballots shown in these videos ended up being counted in the election, our Observers in Afghanistan find some of the footage quite convincing. Read more... 

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