Indignation after New Yorker dies following police chokehold


The New York Police Department outlawed the use of chokeholds in 1993. Yet this technique was nevertheless used last Thursday by a NYPD officer during the arrest of Eric Garner, an asthmatic man who died soon thereafter of a heart attack. Read more...

Africa: What’s the latest trend where you live?



Low-cut jeans, Mohawks, nail art, jewelry, hats… What’s hip right now where you live? Whether it’s hairstyles, clothes, or accessories, we want to know! Send us your photos of the latest styles, whether they’re vintage or cutting-edge, and tell us a bit about them in your email.
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Israeli soldiers’ ‘fake wound’ rumours debunked


A set of photos has been spreading all over social media in the past week. Sometimes, the photos are reposted individually. However, they all send the same message: Israel is supposedly deceiving the world into thinking their soldiers are getting wounded in Gaza by using special effects makeup. Read more...
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Video: Gaza man shot dead while searching for his family


In this video, filmed on Sunday in Gaza, a group of humanitarian workers and Palestinian civilians are targeted by what appears to be a sniper. The attack, which was filmed in its entirety, resulted in the death of a Palestinian man. According to the testimonies collected by FRANCE 24, the group was trying to find survivors from an Israeli army bombing attack which had occurred just a few hours prior. Read more...
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ISIS confiscate belongings as Christians flee Mosul

In less than 48 hours, Christians left the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, after an ultimatum from the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). They fled precipitously, with almost nothing because most of their belongings were confiscated by the jihadists. Read more...

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Israeli Bedouins left without bomb shelters over ‘illegal’ settlements


The conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza strip, showing no sign of respite, is reaching into the Negev desert. In this Israeli territory, the first victims of collateral damage are the Bedouins, a semi-nomadic Arabic people. They have asked the Israeli government for missile shelters – in vain. Read more...
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Three years after civil war, how close is Ivory Coast to reconciliation?


Three years after the post-electoral crisis that has sent Ivory Coast into civil war, how far along is the country on the path to reconciliation? Have former combatants been reintegrated? Are partisans of former president Laurent Gbagbo still excluded from society? What do students, who represent Ivory Coast’s future, think of their universities? Our Observers answered all these questions. Read more...

Libya’s porous borders lead to illegal immigration boom

One of our Observer spoke to undocumented immigrants, many from Sudan, who had just crossed through Libya and were about to try their luck reaching Europe. They described how illegal immigration in Southern Libya has become big business for local militia groups. Read more...

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Maids-for-hire "on display" in Singapore malls


The scene is peculiar. In a Singapore shopping mall, a young woman rocks a baby doll in her arms. Another pushes around a wheelchair – in which a third woman sits, looking bored – in endless circles. This is billed as “live training” by agencies hiring out domestic workers, who mainly come from Indonesia, Burma, and the Philippines. Our Observers in Singapore are horrified by this display, which they say make women look like mere merchandise. Read more…

Al Qaeda and ISIS go to war - on Twitter


After a major offensive in northern Iraq, fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS – which recently started calling itself simply ‘the Islamic State’ – are now making gains in eastern Syria. In this country, their main target is not President Bashar Al Assad’s troops, but the Al Nusra Front - which is a branch of al Qaeda. The two jihadist groups are waging a bloody battle, both on the ground and online
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