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Cuba's 'Balseros', riots in Sidi Bouzid and rope jumping off Russian buildings

This week our first Observer tell us how the public suicide attempt of a young street vendor in Sidi Bouzid inflamed Tunisians. Our second describes the desperate journey illegal Cuban migrants undertake to reach US soil. Finally, third Observer tells us about "rope jumping", a new adrenaline rush for Russian youths.

Presentation: Derek Thomson. Editorial Team: Julien Pain, Lorena Galliot, Segolène Malterre, Sarra Grira, Peggy Bruguière.

STORY 1: TUNISIA

On Friday December 17, a young fruit seller in his twenties attempted to set himself on fire in front of the Sidi Bouzid regional council in central Tunisia. His act of desperation sparked a wave of revolt in the provincial town, one of the poorest in the country. 
 
STORY 2: CUBA
 
A recent video of stranded Cuban boat people that were rescued by the crew of a luxury cruise ship is a stark reminder of the risks illegal immigrants are willing to take to take to set foot on American soil. 
 
STORY 3: RUSSIA
 
Young Russians have found a new way to add a little spice to their life: rope jumping. This unauthorised extreme sport is not unlike bungee jumping, except for two significant details: you don’t jump in an open, natural space, but off a city rooftop. And you don’t use an elastic cord, but a mountain climbing rope. 
 
 

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