Bodies ‘stacked’ in Lubumbashi's overcrowded cemeteries


During burial services in Lubumbashi, several families were surprised to discover bones in the plots that had been assigned for the final resting places of their loved ones. In a city where the cemeteries are filled to bursting, this is not an isolated incident, says our Observer. Read more...
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Kobane Kurds stranded on landmine-ridden border


In Kobane, a Syrian city located near the border with Turkey, street battles are raging between jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group and Kurdish fighters. A few hundred metres away, more than 2,000 Kurdish refugees have amassed at the border on terrain riddled with landmines. Read more...
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'Kobane is being abandoned to IS group,' say Kurds in Turkey


Since Monday night, Kurds and their supporters have held dozens of demonstrations in streets all over Turkey to protest against the Islamic State organisation’s advance on Kobane, a Kurdish town just across the border in Syria. Turkish police have responded by dispersing protesters using tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets, which for many protesters has confirmed what they already believed: the government doesn’t care about Kobane’s collapse. Read more…

Secretly filming in the IS-group held city of Raqqa

Despite the risks, a young activist in Raqqa, a Syrian city held by the Islamic State organisation, has been secretly filming its streets on his mobile phone for more than a week. He shares his story with the FRANCE 24 Observers...

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Gazans' rebuilding woes: 'We live in rubble'


Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” this past summer left Gaza in shambles. A month and a half after the end of the fighting, our Observer there explains how daily life is more difficult than ever following the bombing of homes, schools, and infrastructure. Read more...
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Syrian, Iraqi migrants squat in Greek police station


Kos, an island located between Greece and Turkey, is a tourist destination famous for its picturesque villages, beaches and Venetian ruins. But if you take a look inside one of its police stations, you’ll find hundreds of migrants. Read more...
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Mob attacks African students in Indian metro

Videos have emerged of three African students nearly being lynched in the New Delhi metro. Accused of sexual harassment, they were beat with chairs and sticks as a mob screamed at them. Read more...

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Libyan refugees denounced as 'rich and rude' in Tunisia


They’re said to be unruly, rude to women, and are triggering price inflation: Libyan refugees have a bad rap in Tunisia. Over the past few months, thousands have arrived in Tunisia, fleeing the fighting in their own country. In Tunis, two such refugees explain their community’s reputation with Tunisians and the discrimination they face. Read more...
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The ‘flying coffin’: a lynching tool in Ivory Coast


A coffin carried by local residents became a macabre tool used to lynch two people in Cosrou, a village in the southern Ivory Coast, during a so-called “flying coffin” ceremony. Believers say that this rite allows the deceased to identify those responsible for his death. But in reality, these ceremonies are often ways to settle scores between local residents. Read more...
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Hong Kongers put the “civil” in civil disobedience


Since the weekend, tens of thousands of Hong Kongers have protested in the streets in a remarkably calm fashion. Despite being tear-gassed by the police, the vast majority of demonstrators have been relaying messages of peace and carefully cleaning up after themselves. Here's a closer look at how they've managed to keep this atmosphere of civility intact. Read more...
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