Dancing Iranian woman: how to create a buzz out of nothing


A video of an Iranian woman removing her hijab and dancing has been widely shared by news media in the past few days. Fox News contributor Lisa Daftari (who is Iranian-American) wrote an article praising the woman’s courage, calling the “new, viral” video “the latest example of women defying the Islamic republic’s strict religious code.” But the video is at least four years old. Moreover, it is very likely that the woman had no idea her personal video was being uploaded to YouTube. Read more...
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Video: British man assaulted by Saudi religious police


A video showing a Saudi religious police officer jumping on the back of a British man and then hitting him has been shared widely on social media since Sunday. The video has provoked widespread outrage in Saudi Arabia, where the religious police are often accused of abusing their power. Read more...
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Cape Town taxis protest for ‘right to break law’


The taxis of Cape Town went on strike Monday after they said that City Hall was clamping down too harshly on traffic infractions. The strikes quickly descended into violence: one man died and many local buses were burned. Our Observer explains why the taxis are so angry and so powerful. Read more...
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Black Africans in Tangiers targeted by racist raids and machete attacks


A spate of violent stabbings took place this week in the Boukhalef neighbourhood of Tangiers, a residential area primarily populated by undocumented black Africans waiting to immigrate to Europe. Several residents, shaken up by the attacks, shared their experience with FRANCE 24. Read more...

Sanctions-hit Iranians put their own twist on the Ice Bucket Challenge


For the past month, people all over the world have participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral campaign launched to raise money for research into a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rare terminal illness. But for Iranians eager to dump cold water on their friends in the name of charity, there’s a snag. Read more…
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'How I survived Ebola'


Senga Omeonga is doing better. Much better. Three weeks ago, FRANCE 24 interviewed this Congolese doctor who contracted the Ebola virus while working in Monrovia, Liberia. At the time, he was wasting away in the hallway of a hospital, without any treatment or even food. Today, while he still feels weak, he no longer has the virus. He told us about his journey to hell and back. Read more…
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Discover the latest in African fashion, straight from our Observers

Our Observers from all over Africa have sent us photos of the latest hip, swag, or otherwise fashionable trends from their countries. We’ve selected some of the latest styles to share with our readers. See photos...

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Video: Islamic State militants humiliate Syrian soldiers before their execution

The Islamic State organisation (IS) has once again used social networks to broadcast its brutal propaganda. On Tuesday, the jihadist group published a new video showing a line of Syrian army soldiers being made to walk in their underwear in the desert. A source within IS told FRANCE 24 that these men were later executed. Read more...

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Acid spill in Mexican rivers ruining farmers' livelihoods


Three weeks after a massive acid spill turned Mexico’s Sonora and Bacanuchi rivers bright orange, tens of thousands of people who live alongside them are suffering from dire water shortages. A cattle rancher tells us this is destroying locals’ livelihoods. Read more…
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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...

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