Khan al-Ahmar: the village holding out against Israel

 
Solar panels finally brought electricity to the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in the West Bank, but the residents’ joy was short lived. A few weeks after the panels were installed, Israeli authorities confiscated the devices. It’s the newest chapter in Israel’s long battle to get rid of the strategically-located village. Read more...

‘They’re afraid we'll protest Yemen operation,’ say Saudi Shiites


Street battles raged for hours on Sunday between Saudi security forces and locals in the town of Awamiyah, a hotbed of Shiite activism in the country’s east. According to one of our Observers, the authorities are cracking down on this minority population to try to stop them from organising protests over Saudi Arabia’s military operation against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen. The consequences of global tensions between Sunni and Shiite countries, he says, are now exacerbating divisions at home. Read more…
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Video: Mexico police throw rocks at students

Protesters throwing rocks at police is not uncommon in many parts of the world. But in Mexico, it’s the police that’s throwing rocks at protesters. A video has emerged showing local police hurling rocks at a bus transporting students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, a teachers’ college which has long been a hotbed of protest. Read more...

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'There weren't enough guards to protect us,' say Kenya students


Militants from Somalia's al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group killed at least 147 people after storming a university campus in northeast Kenya on Thursday. A student recounted his escape to FRANCE 24, explaining that students had previously complained that security was too lax at the campus. Read more…
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Bangladesh struck by wave of atheist blogger murders

A blogger known for his atheist views was brutally killed Monday in Bangladesh, a month after February’s murder of the Bangladeshi-American blogger Avijit Roy. Read more…

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The grimy reality of Morocco’s public hospitals


Blocked pipes, mouldy walls, wet blankets and a shortage of supplies: this is what users of Morocco's public health system have to deal with. Dozens of photos published on Facebook have shed light on the grime reality of the country's public hospitals. According to our Observer, a Moroccan doctor, it reveals a disastrous state of affairs that the government's privatisation plan won't be able to fix. Read more...
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Single mothers: pariahs of Moroccan society


In Morocco, sex outside marriage is forbidden and can even result in a prison sentence. This law only serves to increase the stigmatization of single mothers. These women are often abandoned by the fathers of their children and ostracised by other members of society. Read more...
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Gambian woman forced into exile for posting video of police brutality


Minah Manneh, a Gambian women’s rights activist, filmed disturbing footage of a policeman caning a schoolgirl and then posted it on her Facebook page. This courageous act has forced the 23-year-old to flee her own country as Gambian law expressly forbids its citizens from uploading videos that could "tarnish the state's image". Read more...
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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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