Beaten for turning on the TV: Video shows abuse of Egypt's orphans


A video showing the director of a Cairo orphanage beating young children has provoked outrage in Egypt. Egyptian authorities responded by quickly arresting the director. But our Observer says that to put an end to this kind of abuse, there must be more serious consequences for those who perpetrate violence against children. Read more...
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Amazon tribes threatened by violent land grabs


The photo is a rare one, but it reveals a worrisome trend. In late June, deep in the Brazilian Amazon, natives normally isolated from the modern world made contact with another tribe. It was a cry for help: they reported that drug traffickers had penetrated into their protected reserve and violently attacked them. Read more…
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Gaza ER doctor: ‘We treat several patients at once, on the same bed’


Nearly a month after the first airstrikes on Gaza, there is still no end in sight in the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Gaza’s civilians account for more than half the deaths there, and hundreds of them rush to local hospitals every day. FRANCE 24 spoke with an ER doctor who has been working in Gaza since 2000. Read more...
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Witnesses recount deadly Eid stampede near Guinea capital


The concert was supposed to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, but the festivities turned into a nightmare for those gathered on a beach in a suburb north of Guinea’s capital Conakry. At least 33 people died and dozens were injured in a huge stampede. Our Observers sent us photos documenting the tragedy and accused the organisers of making serious errors. Read more...

"Gafsa Beach": Tunisia’s mysterious new lake


For the past three weeks, hundreds of swimmers have been flocking to a lake in the Gafsa region of southern Tunisia. But the sudden, mysterious appearance of this lake in a drought-hit area has raised concerns about both the origin and the quality of the water. Read more...
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'It’s terrifying': testimony from Sierra Leone's ebola epicentre


With more than 200 deaths so far, including that of the country’s sole ebola expert, Sierra Leone has been hit hard by the virus’ spread. Our Observer, who lives in the disease’s epicentre, shares his fears. Read more...
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Libya's descent into chaos 'worse than revolution'


Muammar Gaddafi promised chaos, and Libya seems headed straight in that direction. Three years after the fall of his regime, intense conflicts between rival militias are tearing the country apart and civilians are paying a heavy toll. In Benghazi and in Tripoli, our Observers are growing increasingly worried in the face of continued violence and chronic shortages of water, food and fuel. Read more…
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Mobile homes and odd jobs bring Syrian refugees much-needed boost


When Al-Qusayr, a bastion of the Syrian resistance, fell to the army in June 2013, thousands of civilians fled across the border to Lebanon. Most now live in makeshift camps and depend entirely on international aid. This situation inspired one NGO to launch a project called “We will return,” a program that gives refugees the ability to be more self-sufficient as they wait for the day when they will be able to return to Syria. Read more...
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Filling in the blanks: Students map Niger using GPS

For the past year, a group of university students in Niger have spent most of their free time mapping their country using GPS technology. And in a country with very limited Internet access, creating a digital map is no little task. Read more...

Iran allows rare opposition protest – against Israel


Ever since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the Iranian government has organized anti-Zionist protests on the last Friday of Ramadan, known as Quds Day (‘Jerusalem Day’). The event typically included chants of “down with Israel” and “down with the USA”. This year, however, the government allowed a different kind of anti-Israel protest to be held a few days early – a more peaceful one, organised by opposition activists. Read more...
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