Video shows crowd siding with criminal in Iran public execution

 
A video has emerged of a man making a last-ditch effort to flee his public execution in Iran, raising questions over the government's regular use of this punishment. Read more...
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The fanciful claims of Russian propaganda amid Ukraine's crisis

 
As the threat of armed conflict hangs over Ukraine, Russian media outlets are firing the opening salvoes of a parallel propaganda war. But several reports have already raised eyebrows. We get to the bottom of three fanciful claims currently making the rounds. Read more...
 
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“In Congo, water is everywhere, except in the taps"

 
Drinking water should be plentiful in Congo-Brazzaville, yet most people living in the country's capital are forced to resort to private wells. Not only does the Congo have abundant groundwater resources, it's also bordered by the one of the world's most powerful rivers. But power failures coupled with an insufficient water supply mean that many of Brazzaville's residents have no other choice. Read more...
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How Iranians came to deal drugs in Japan

In Japan’s underworld of organised crime, there is of course the infamous Yakuza, but there are also foreign nationals, including Iranians. For more than two decades now, they have been dealing drugs on behalf of the lower rungs of Japanese criminals. An Iranian with insider knowledge of these activities explains how this came about. Read more…

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The Observers' recipe contest

What’s your favorite recipe ? The one that everyone asks you for, the one you are the most proud of ? The one that, to you, best represents where you live? Read more...

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Murder of 7 Coptic Egyptians in Libya met with indifference

 
Seven Egyptian nationals, stone masons by trade and Coptic Christians, were executed Sunday in Benghazi. The city, which was the cradle of the Libyan revolution, is sinking ever deeper into chaos. The crime, which was likely committed for religious reasons, has garnered very little reaction. Read more…
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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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