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🇳🇬 Nigeria: Is SARS gone or is it being rebranded?

Nigerian authorities say they have abolished a notorious police unit after a week of huge protests sparked by a viral video that showed two officers shooting a man – but demonstrators are not convinced by the move. The protests, during which Amnesty International says at least 10 people were killed, …

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Swatting: The rise of a deadly internet prank | The Stream

Melina Abdullah was at home on a typical August evening when she realised heavily-armed police had gathered outside her house in Los Angeles as a helicopter hovered above. The prominent Black Lives Matter activist was, according to police, the victim of a prank known as “swatting”, which involves falsely reporting …

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Paul Stamets: Can mushrooms heal the planet? | The Stream

Famed American mycologist and entrepreneur Paul Stamets thinks that mushrooms can save the world. In a 2008 TED talk, viewed more than six million times, Stamets explained the many ways he believes mushrooms can help restore ecological balance and heal the planet. Mushrooms, the fruiting body growing from the ground, …

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How does immigrant food shape identity? | The Stream

Can food be political? Can it position people within a certain cultural group? Does what you eat say exactly who you are? For diaspora communities, food is deeply intertwined with a sense of self. It can be an expression of faith, culture, and even politics. “It’s the last vestige of …

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🇨🇱 Chile Referendum: Can it bring true equality? | The Stream

Chilean lawmakers are set to hold a referendum on October 25th on the adoption of a new constitution after widespread demonstrations over social inequality rocked the country last year. The vote, originally scheduled for April 2020, was postponed as a result of coronavirus. However, opposition activists say that was an …

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Can Ethiopia and Egypt agree on the Nile? | The Stream

Ethiopia says a multibillion dollar hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile will change the lives of 65 million people without electricity and mark the country’s arrival as a major African power. But the project threatens a lasting rift between Nile basin countries downstream – especially Egypt. Egypt fears that rapidly …

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🇷🇺 Is the Russian opposition finished? | The Stream

Russia’s main opposition figure Alexei Navalny remains gravely ill after what his supporters say was a poisoning recently ordered by the Kremlin. Navalny, who rose to prominence in 2008 when he began to publicly accuse the Kremlin of widespread corruption, has called President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party one of …

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