China’s future footballers miss the target by a long shot


China's president recently announced his country's intention to host a football World Cup in the near future. In order to become a world champion football nation, Chinese officials are doing their best to introduce the “joys of the round ball” to the youth. There's just one problem: the methods being used are somewhat surprising to say the least. Read more...

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Afghan woman brutally lynched by mob in Kabul for 'burning Koran'

An Afghan woman was brutally beaten to death and then burned by a bloodthirsty crowd made up almost entirely of men in Kabul last Thursday. Gruesome footage has emerged of the mob lynching 27-year-old Farkhunda who was accused of burning a Koran near a mosque. The attack has triggered a wave of indignation throughout the country. Read more ...

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Tunisia attacks: 'Why I posted photos while the assault was underway'

Hidden away for two hours in a room in Tunis's Bardo museum, one man managed to take dozens of photos and post them online as terrorists launched an attack on the building. The images instantly began circulating on social media networks. He agreed to tell us how and why he did it...

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Iran's coast guard uses 'battering ram' to stop illegal fishing


Along Iran's protected Miankaleh Peninsula on the Caspian Sea coastline, fisherman have been illegally fishing for years. Seizing their small boats doesn't appear to be dissuading them. So Iran's coast guard has come up with a radical technique: ram into the vessels at sea, and leave the helpless fishermen to fend for themselves. Read more...


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Mob lynching follows attack on Lahore's Christians

A double suicide attack targeted worshippers leaving Mass on Sunday in Lahore's Youhanabad area. The deadly bombings were instantly followed by gruesome mob reprisals: two men suspected of being terrorists were lynched by a crowd in broad daylight. Our Observer says he feels helpless amid the spiralling violence. Read more...

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No respite for Burma’s Rohingya in Bangladesh


Thousands of Burma's persecuted Rohingya Muslims have poured into neighbouring Bangladesh to scrape a living in makeshift camps. Yet once over the border, many face new hardships. Bangladeshi authorities tore down a refugee camp a month ago without warning. Our Observers describe the daily suffering of a stateless people. Read more...
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Algerian women take to streets to bring back traditional veil


Women across Algeria are organising events to defend an iconic garment worn by their ancestors but now almost completely forgotten. Some of them prefer this traditional veil, the haik, to the hijab that they view as imported from the Middle East. Read more...
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Tunisian artist creates children’s cinema centre to fight extremism


Welcome to Semmama cultural centre: a cinema with haystacks for seats and an arts studio in the middle of a cactus field. Created by a Tunisian artist, this unique venue aims to fight bring culture to one of Tunisia's most isolated and impoverished regions, which has become a breeding ground for extremism. Read more...
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Protester recounts panic in Ferguson: 'It wasn't us!'


The town of Ferguson, Missouri, was once again thrown into the media’s spotlight on Wednesday. Two policemen were seriously wounded by shots fired by unknown assailants. Our Observer describes the tense atmosphere before and after the incident. Read more...
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Video shows burning village near Tikrit : "Shiite militias wanted revenge"


A video appears to show Shiite militias burning homes to the ground in a Sunni village on the outskirts of the Iraqi town of Tikrit in what some believe to be a revenge attack. Read more...
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