US State Department trolls would-be jihadists with grisly video

This is no regular jihadist recruitment video. While it’s just as shockingly violent as the kind of videos the Islamic State organization regularly posts online – indeed, it uses some of their footage, as well as footage from news outlets – this video takes a mocking tone to try to steer potential recruits away from joining the group. Its makers? None other than the US State Department. Read more...

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A childbirth odyssey in austerity-hit Greece


The island of Santorini, located in the Cyclades archipelago in southern Greece, is often said to be one of the world's most beautiful. But although it may be paradise on earth for tourists, it is less so for local residents. Our Observer there explains that she will be forced to give birth on the faraway mainland because Greece’s drastic austerity policies have severely diminished the medical services available on the island. Read more...
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Fake photo of ‘dead’ Islamic State leader circulates online

An image showing a corpse that looks like Islamic State organisation leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been making the rounds online over the past few days. However, it is fake: Al-Baghdadi’s face has been photoshopped onto another man’s body. Read more...

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Video: Calais migrants taking increasing risks to reach UK


For the migrants who have reached the French port of Calais, reaching England is an obsession.They are willing to take any risks to reach this El Dorado, as is clearly demonstrated in this video which shows dozens of migrants attempting to climb into moving vehicles on the national highway. Read more…

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The Iranian commander on the frontline against IS


Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani has reportedly been caught on camera in the Iraqi city of Amerli, fuelling rumours that the top military mastermind is in the frontline city, working with the United States to push back militants from the Islamic State organization (IS). Read more...
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Smartphone film capturing daily sexual harassment in Cairo goes viral


What is it like for a woman to walk alone through the streets of Cairo ? A young Egyptian journalist used a hidden camera to capture the reaction of passers-by as she walked through the Egyptian capital. Read more... 
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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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