Raqqa airstrikes 'hit more civilians than IS group positions'


The airstrikes carried out by the Syrian regime on the city of Raqqa in the past 72 hours were the most deadly to hit the bastion of the Islamic group (IS) in the past three years. Officially, these air strikes were meant to target positions held by the jihadist organisation. However, the extensive damage and the high death toll in civilian zones has made some residents question the regime’s strategy. Read more…
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Helping children overcome trauma of war through dance

Dance can help children recover from the trauma of war. That’s the belief and hope of the members of the project Bidna capoeira (which means “We want capoeira” in the Arabic spoken in Syria and the Palestinian Territories), who want to help children living in refugee camps in the Middle East discover this Brazilian discipline, which is somewhere between a dance and a martial art, and promotes cooperation. Read more...

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Protests in Angola: 'Police are even torturing women now'

The Angolan capital Luanda bristled with tension this weekend, marking the one-year anniversary since a young protester was killed by police. At least two protests were planned, one to memorialise his death and another to call for the end to President Eduardo Dos Santos’s 35-year rule. Police were on edge and when several protesters tried to cross a barricade, they led a violent crackdown. A young woman filming the events was arrested. Her friend, who found her later that evening in horrible shape after being brutally tortured, tells her story. Read more...

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Why did Iran’s Revolutionary Guard impersonate IS fighters?

In the past days, Internet users who are fans of the Islamic State jihadist group have been widely sharing a photo on social networks, claiming it shows members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guide disguised as IS fighters in order to sneakily take Iraqi cities back from jihadists. But this photo is not quite what they say it is…

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Syrian refugees in Greece demand 'decent' living conditions

About 200 Syrian refugees have been protesting night and day for the past week in front of the parliament building in Athens. They are demanding that the Greek government give refugees and asylum seekers a warmer reception: most of them get no aid for food, housing or medical costs. On Monday, the protesters began a hunger strike in a desperate plea to make their voices heard. Read more...

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Saudi Arabia’s deadly manholes


If you visit Saudi Arabia, remember to keep an eye on the ground where it’s not uncommon to find uncovered manholes in the streets. The Saudis call them “death holes,” because they have recently been the cause of several fatal accidents. Read more...
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90-year-old US veteran faces jail for feeding homeless


Arnold Abbott, a 90-year-old veteran who lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ia a champion of civil rights and has served meals to the homeless on a public beach every week for the past 23 years… an activity that the city has just declared illegal. Despite threats of arrest, this veteran is determined to keep on serving. Read more...
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Opposition-held Aleppo workers protest unpaid wages


Rumbling social discontent boiled over this week in zones held by the Syrian opposition in the northern city of Aleppo. Dozens of workers, angry about frequent delays in their salary payments, have organised numerous sit-ins at the interim government’s headquarters. Read more…
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