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Latest update : 2014-01-20

A witch hunt in Cameroon, African migrants locked up in Israel, and more

A news show produced exclusively from content provided by amateurs. Photos, videos and personal accounts from our network of Observers around the world - all checked by our staff in Paris. First run Saturdays at 8:10 am Paris time.

Story 1: Israel

We begin today in Israel, which has been long been a haven for migrants from East Africa, especially Sudan and Eritrea. Many of them found work, and their presence was tolerated. But that has changed. Now they find themselves being thrown out of the country, or interned in detention centers.

The law that Solomon mentioned allows the Israeli authorities to detain illegal immigrants for up to a year without trial. It has been strongly criticised by the United Nations.

 

Story 2: Cameroon

Next up, a witch hunt in Cameroon. It happened in the southwestern town of Buéa, after a teenage girl died under mysterious circumstances. Our Observer Mathias says rumours and superstition took over... and led to more violence. Cameroonian law of course prohibits this kind of vigilante justice, but nevertheless it continues.

 

Story 3: World

Now for our weekly roundup of other striking images sent in by our Observers from around the world.

First stop: Mozambique. It's been 20 years since the end of the devastating civil war there, but recent fighting - between the government and former Renamo rebels - is bringing back old memories. Our Observer sent us these pictures, taken in the Homoine district. They show civilians fleeing a recent outbreak of fighting, carrying what they can. He says it's a sign that fear is returning to his country.

Next, some unusual pictures from North Korea. Not military parades and mass rallies, but dance classes and peaceful landscapes. The 360 degree shots are the work of a visitor from Singapore, who says he wanted to show another side of the secretive state. He was only allowed to photograph what the government let him - mostly national monuments - but hopes in the future to photograph ordinary North Koreans going about their lives.

Now to Ivory Coast, the commercial capital Abidjan, and a video shot earlier this month. A five-story building collapses as residents look on. Most had left the building after it started wobbling a week earlier, but several people were wounded. There have been a number of such collapses in the city in recent months, and the construction minister has ordered inspections and reinforcements.

Last stop today: Iran, where websites follow the comings and goings of celebrities just like anywhere else in the world. In this case, French actress Bérénice Béjo, star of 2011's The Artist, posing with Iranian director Asghar Farhadi in New York. But the Iranian news site Khabar Online apparently thought Ms Béjo was showing too much skin... so the photo was retouched to cover her up.

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