Recycling in Sudan: Turning bombs into agricultural tools


For over three years, the Sudan government has been leading an intense bombing campaign on the Nuba Mountains, in South Kordofan. In an area cut off from the rest of the world, local villagers are now recycling the shells to help them grow crops. Read more...
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Photo of ‘American soldier fighting with IS group’ is fake

In this low-quality photo, a fighter for the Islamic State group (IS) bears a tattoo that says “United Sates Army”. The photo rapidly went viral; however, it isn’t real. This manipulated image is just one example of many online efforts to try to get people to believe that the United States is behind the rise of the IS group. Read more...

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Hô Chi Minh City’s vanishing colonial architecture


According to our Observers in Hô Chi Minh City, one of the most beautiful villas built during the French colonial period is at risk of being demolished in order to make way for new construction projects. This villa is just one example among many of the disappearance of Vietnam’s colonial heritage. Read more...

Rich, bikini-clad Iranians on Instagram: ‘So, where’s the problem?’


Plunging cleavage, mini-skirts, bleached hair and champagne: it’s all there... in the Islamic Republic of Iran. On the Instagram account "Rich Kids of Tehran," young Iranians from the Iranian elite post pictures to show off their bling. The Western media can’t believe its eyes. But in Tehran, it’s basically a non-event. Read more...
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Turkish police ‘flash political symbols’ as they storm Ankara campus

Turkish police brutally broke up protests on multiple university campuses on Thursday, including Ankara University, where officers were seen flashing a four-finger hand sign. According to students at the protest, this was unmistakably the four-finger salute regularly used by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his supporters. Read more...

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Wealthy couple sets sail to rescue migrants

Regina Catrambone was on a yacht cruise in the Mediterranean when she saw a coat floating in the water. The eerie sight prompted the wealthy entrepreneur to do something to help the migrants who risk their lives every day while trying to reach the shores of Europe. Today, her boat, “The Phoenix”, criss-crosses the zones most at risk and comes to the aid of migrant boats in distress. It’s a project that may sound idealistic, but is proving to be effective. Read more...

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White cop fatally shoots black teen, reviving protests in St. Louis


Hundreds of protesters took to the streets Wednesday night in St. Louis after a white police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old black teenager. While the circumstances of this shooting are still being investigated, it has raised the spectre of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, just 16 miles away. The unarmed black teenager’s death in August had sparked weeks of protests. Read more...
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Bodies ‘stacked’ in Lubumbashi's overcrowded cemeteries


During burial services in Lubumbashi, several families were surprised to discover bones in the plots that had been assigned for the final resting places of their loved ones. In a city where the cemeteries are filled to bursting, this is not an isolated incident, says our Observer. Read more...
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Kobane Kurds stranded on landmine-ridden border


In Kobane, a Syrian city located near the border with Turkey, street battles are raging between jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group and Kurdish fighters. A few hundred metres away, more than 2,000 Kurdish refugees have amassed at the border on terrain riddled with landmines. Read more...
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'Kobane is being abandoned to IS group,' say Kurds in Turkey


Since Monday night, Kurds and their supporters have held dozens of demonstrations in streets all over Turkey to protest against the Islamic State organisation’s advance on Kobane, a Kurdish town just across the border in Syria. Turkish police have responded by dispersing protesters using tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets, which for many protesters has confirmed what they already believed: the government doesn’t care about Kobane’s collapse. Read more…
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