Tunisian football team pay homage to jihadist supporter

 
A video being shared by jihadists on social networks show a strange sight: members of a football team in Sousse, northern Tunisia, paying homage to one of their fans that was killed while waging jihad in Syria. Read more...
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Iran’s landmines: ‘Kids get blown up while playing’

Iran is one of the countries in the world with the most unexploded landmines, and they kill and maim dozens of people every year. Many of these are leftovers from the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988); others were planted by the Iranian government to fight armed groups and traffickers. Our Observer says the authorities are simply not doing enough to rid Iran of them. Read more…

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Indonesia’s political rallies 'too erotic' for children

 
Children are a common sight at political rallies in Indonesia. Political parties use them to fill out the crowd – sometimes even paying them to attend - and have them distribute promotional gear. This has drawn outrage from many Indonesians who point out the dangers of overcrowding and the heat, but also because the rallies feature very lascivious dances by ‘dangdut’ singers. This election season, the performers have even taken to twerking, the dance move made famous by US pop star Miley Cyrus. Read more...
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Graffiti urges Afghans to vote in defiance of Taliban

 
Graffiti calling for Aghan voters to go to the polls has been popping up all over the city of Kandahar, a Taliban bastion in the country’s south. Read more…

Surge in Central America minors trying to cross desert into US

 
The US government has recorded a surge in the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the southern US border from Central America. Our Observers at the border are seeing more children try to make the dangerous crossing into the US through the Sonoran desert. These children, younger than ever before, say that they are fleeing for their lives. Read more...
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Moroccans protest against new 'polluting' power plant

 
Hundreds of people staged a protest in Safi, on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, against the construction of a thermal power station in their city. Residents say the plant is one too many in a city already suffering from air pollution. Read more...
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Giant solar-panelled robot catching bad drivers in DR Congo

A giant robot has been sitting in the middle of the road in Lumumbashi, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s second largest city, since last week. It’s not a work of art – it’s an actual traffic controller. Read more...

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Chinese authorities crack down on petrochemical plant protesters

 
The Chinese authorities have clamped down on all information related to a protest movement against a petrochemical plant in Maoming, southern China. On Sunday, a march had led to clashes with the police. Read more...
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Saudis arrested for criticising King Abdullah on YouTube

 
Three men were arrested last week in Saudi Arabia for uploading videos in which they criticised the regime, addressing themselves directly to King Abdullah. Such actions are new in the kingdom, and are starting to create copycats. Read more...
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Syrian refugee children stage King Lear

The challenge itself was Shakespearean in scope: one Syrian director decided to retell Shakespeare’s celebrated tragedy King Lear using a cast of 100 Syrian refugee children. The backdrop was not ancient Britain but Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Read more...

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