If you liked 'Chinglish' you’ll love 'Saudinglish'!

Due to its numerous oil wells, Saudi Arabia attracts many foreign firms, which means there is a constant flux of expat workers. Since few read or speak Arabic, many signs and advertisements are translated into English, which sometimes leads to humorous translation errors. Read more...

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Militias form in Crimea, Ukraine’s Russian bastion

 
Although Kiev and the mainly pro-European regions in western Ukraine have returned to relative calm after the ousting of president Victor Yanukovich, tension is rising in the country’s east and in Crimea, where Russian influence is dominant. In Crimea, a highly strategic peninsula and the only majority Russian-speaking region in Ukraine, militia groups formed in the past few days appear determined to defy the new authorities in Kiev. Read more...

Greek inmates leak photos of 'hellish' prison hospital

 
Inmates at a Greek prison hospital have launched a hunger strike in protest at the overcrowding that they say is leading to the spread of infectious diseases. Some are also refusing medication. Using a smuggled mobile phone, they are posting photos of their living conditions to Facebook and Twitter. FRANCE 24 interviewed one of them by phone. Read more…
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Saudi comedians test authorities' limits online

 
Over the past few years, online comedians have become increasingly popular in Saudi Arabia, where younger generations are turning away from TV shows in favour of the self-produced skits that have been popping up all over YouTube. These videos have emerged a small bastion of freedom in the conservative kingdom. Read more...
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Guinea Bissau 'narco rap' takes aim at rampant drug trade

 
Tired of watching their country be torn apart by drug violence, rappers from Guinea Bissau are turning to hip hop to denounce drug trafficking.  MCs Mario Maxposs, Cientista Realista, FBMJP, and Zaino Zavadare rap accuse their government of complicity in the drug trade through their lyrics and condemn the international community’s apathy. Read more...
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Ballet dancers tiptoe around Iran dancing ban

 
Like all forms of dance, ballet is officially banned in Iran. Yet many women practice it at gyms around the country under the guise of gymnastics, and this, to a certain extent, is tolerated. Still, the ban makes it difficult for students to get proper training and even more so to hold performances. Read more...
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Rocks, sticks and AK-47s: The weapons of Ukraine’s protests

 
Clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces reached unprecedented levels of violence in the streets of Kiev Thursday. One one side, the authorities no longer hesitate to use snipers. On the other, more protesters are using makeshift weapons, and in some instances light firearms. Read more…
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In Kiev, 'titushki' thugs shoot live bullets at protesters

As fighting raged between Ukrainian security forces and protesters Tuesday night, “titushkis”, who are thugs for hire, were spotted causing trouble in Kiev. Two of our Observers saw them shooting live bullets at protesters. Read more…

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Algerian cartoonist faces prison for a drawing never published

 
Djamel Ghanem, a cartoonist for “La Voix de l’Oranie, a daily newspaper in the Oran region of Agleria, is being prosecuted for a drawing featuring President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. He risks spending 18 months in prison, though his cartoon was never published or otherwise made public. Read more...
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Video of horse being beaten shocks Saudis

 
In a country where the horse is king, the following video has caused a real scandal. Two men were filmed violently striking a horse’s forehead and laughing. The video has widely circulated online, prompting many Saudis to call for the men to be brought to justice. Read more...
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