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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Why China's elite 'are butchering tigers'

 
Watching caged tigers be killed and butchered is becoming a spectator sport for wealthy businessmen and government officials in southern China, where tigers symbolise power. Read more...
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Goma gets a makeshift makeover for mining conference

When Goma was chosen to host the second edition of the Conference on Transparency in Mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities decided that the city needed a quick-fix makeover. But three days after the conference ended, residents are resigned to the fact that the “repairs” were only temporary. Read more...

Abidjan hospital slammed after young model’s death

 
Awa Fadiga, 23, was a model. She was attacked on Sunday evening and subsequently dropped off at the emergency room at the University Hospital Centre of Cocody in Abidjan. Just over 36 hours later, she died there. Her relatives claim that she spent the night without any care because she couldn’t pay for it on the spot. Our Observer, a doctor in Abidjan, is not surprised at this allegation. Read more...
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A Syrian village emptied as Christians flee fighting

Jihadist rebel factions launched an offensive against the village of Kassab on Saturday, leading Christian Armenian and Alawite residents to flee. Today, Kassab is empty. Most of its inhabitants have taken refuge in Latakia, a regime stronghold. Read more...

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A prison? No, a student dorm in Macedonia

 
Fed up with living in squalor, students in former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia have shared shocking pictures of their decrepit dormitories online. From mold-covered walls to freezing showers to meals consisting of nearly-raw potatoes, these dorms look more like prisons than places where some of the country’s top university students live. Read more...
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Stuck in Casablanca airport's 'transit zone' for 43 days

 
It sounds like a bad remake of “The Terminal”, a film whose main character, played by Tom Hanks, was forced to live in a New York airport because he lacked a visa. However, the case of Kokoba De Jacques, a refugee from Ivory Coast, is completely real. On Wednesday, he was finally let back into Morocco, where he lives, after spending 43 days stuck in the transit zone of Casablanca’s international airport. Read more...
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