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A show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from our Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris. Saturday at 10.15 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2011-08-31

Syrian army cracks down on protesters after a UN visit, and criminal 'flash robs' inspired by 'flash mobs'

This show is made up entirely of amateur images. We've seen time and time again how images captured by ordinary citizens then uploaded onto the Web can change history, or at least shift the balance of power. This week, we take a look back at some of those moments.

STORY 1: SYRIA

We begin this show with the popular uprisings in Syria - and the brutal repression they've faced for going on 6 months now. According to President Bashar al Assad, the repression is over. That's what he told the head of the United Nations, so the UN sent a team to check it out. They went to Homs, one of the epicenters of the unrest. But the moment they left, the killing resumed. Our Observer was there.

We go to Homs, in western Syria, with our Observer, who uses the pseudonym Abou Maymouneh.

STORY 2: USA

Next up is a story about flash mobs - or what you could call the dark side of flash mobs, when people get together not just to dance in Grand Central Station or have a pillow fight, but to commit crime.

We head to Germantown, in the US state Maryland, with Jorge Ribas, head of the local Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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2017-01-14 Burma

Burmese policemen abuse Rohingya in a video, and a Malian is deported from France in handcuffs

A video emerged of Rohingya attacked by Burmese policemen, a Malian was handcuffed on a plane and deported from France, and a controversial new song hit the airwaves in Saudi...

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2016-12-31 Afghanistan

The Best Of 2016 at The Observers

For our last show of 2016, we look back at our favourite Observers from the year. A weekly news show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from France 24 Observers...

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2016-12-27 Burkina Faso

Round-up of migrants in Algeria, and militias in Burkina Faso replace police in crackdown on crime

Random, mass arrests of migrants have been taking place in Algeria; militias in Burkina Faso are replacing the role of police and imposing their own form of justice; and male...

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2016-12-10 Botswana

Painting eyes on cows' behinds and the group of young women fighting harassment in Mexico

A biologist has a funny idea for stopping lions from attacking herds of cows in Botswana, a group of young women walk through the streets of Mexico City armed with a GoPro to...

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2016-11-26 Greece

A racist attack in South Africa is exploited by political parties, and migrants describe the appalling conditions of camps in Greece

A weekly news show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from France 24 Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris.

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