Baghdad’s ‘Tahrir Beach’ where the revolution takes a break | AFP

Close to Baghdad’s protest hotspot of Tahrir Square, a sandy Tigris River bank offers relief from the revolution as youths play football and smoke waterpipes to booming hiphop music. It is on this half-kilometre stretch where the post-Saddam generation celebrates its uprising on the beach, escaping the teargas and bullets for a more festive, Club Med-style atmosphere.

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Baghdad rising: Iraqis unite in ‘big family’ of protest | AFP

Iraqi volunteers from all walks of life create a ‘family’ of support on Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, fuelling the engine of the uprising against the ruling class. From tuk-tuk drivers and medics to cooks and citizen journalists, each volunteer has their role to play. == A SPECIAL AFPTV VOICED REPORT == A VOICED AFPTV REPORT

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Baghdad rising: Iraqis unite in ‘big family’ of protest | AFP

Iraqi volunteers from all walks of life create a ‘family’ of support on Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, fuelling the engine of the uprising against the ruling class. From tuk-tuk drivers and medics to cooks and citizen journalists, each volunteer has their role to play. == A SPECIAL AFPTV VOICED REPORT == A VOICED AFPTV REPORT

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Iraqis celebrate near iconic building in Baghdad after PM says he will quit | AFP

Iraqi anti-government protesters celebrate in Tahrir Square after Iraq’s embattled premier announced he will resign in keeping with the wishes of the country’s top Shiite cleric, after nearly two months of anti-government protests that have cost more than 400 lives.

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Massive rallies in Iraqi capital as political crisis deepens | AFP

Iraqis demonstrate in Bagdad’s Tahrir Square demanding the government to quit, as the political crisis sparked by their protests deepened further. The rallies have swelled in recent days, defying curfews, threats of arrest and violence that has left 242 people dead and more than 8,000 wounded this month. IMAGES

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Iraqi military take part in spectacular parade celebrating victory over ISIS

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has officially announced that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) has been completely defeated in his country. The Iraqi military held a parade in Tahrir Square in Baghdad on December 10th to celebrate the victory
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VICE News Daily: Greece Threatens to Exit the Eurozone

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Kashmiri separatists ordered a general strike to protest against a series of recent killings, the Greek central bank threatened to exit the Eurozone if a financial deal can’t be reached, Cuba hosted negotiators from the FARC rebel group and Colombian government as peace talks resume in Havana, and Egypt reopened the Sadat metro station at Tahrir Square after a two-year closure.

INDIA
Kashmiri Separatists Call Strike Following Killings
Shops and businesses shut down in a general strike after four activists were killed.

GREECE
Central Bank Warns of ‘Grexit’ if Talks Fail
The country has until June 30 to repay a $1.8 billion debt unless it receives new funding.

CUBA
Peace Talks Resume Between FARC and Colombian Government
The peace talks come amid an escalation of violence after the FARC ended a unilateral ceasefire in May.

EGYPT
Tahrir Square Metro Stop Reopens
Cairo reopened the Sadat metro stop at Tahrir Square after a 2-year closure.

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Suicide Bomber Attacks Houthis in Yemen: This Just In

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At least 47 people were killed and 75 wounded on Thursday after a suicide bomber detonated himself at a rally in Tahrir Square in Yemen’s capital city of Sanaa.

The attack came shortly after Yemen’s prime minister-designate refused his nomination because the Houthis — a Shiite rebel group that took control of the city last month — called for protests rejecting his appointment. Houthi supporters had assembled in Tahrir Square to mount an anti-government demonstration.

Meanwhile, another suicide bomber drove a vehicle filled with explosives into a security outpost on the outskirts of the sourthern port city of Mukalla, killing at least 20 soldiers.

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Egyptian Activists Demonstrate Against Sexual Violence

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Mass public uproar has erupted across Egypt following the publication of a video showing a brutal mob sex assault on a woman in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s inauguration in early June. Sexual harassment has only recently been criminalized in the country, and the first arrests were made shortly after the video surfaced.

Though it’s been a problem for decades, since the start of the revolution in 2011 there has been a rise of mob sexual assaults on women. There have been a reported 250 cases of “mass sexual rape and mass sexual assaults” between November 2012 and January 2014, according to statement from a coalition of women’s rights groups. And according to UN statistics, 99.3 percent of Egypt’s female population has faced some form of sexual harassment, leaving the country with what has been labeled a sexual harassment “epidemic.” The public and various women’s NGOs have criticized the state for doing little to tackle the issue of sexual violence.

VICE News headed to a demonstration organized on June 14 by various women’s rights activists, who are demanding the Egyptian state build an effective action plan to tackle the issue of sexual violence in the country.

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Egyptian Election Amid Political Crisis and Insurgency

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Just three and half years after the popular revolution which overthrew longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians returned to the polls in May to participate in their second presidential election in 23 months.

Former President Mohamed Morsi was deposed by army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in July 2013. The months following Morsi’s ouster have been marked by violence, regular anti-regime demonstrations, a crackdown on opposition groups, and insurgency against the country’s security forces.

All the while, Sisi’s popularity grew immensely as he prepared to stand in this election. His lone competitor was Hamdeen Sabahi, who finished third to Morsi in 2012.

VICE News reporter Seif Khirfan spoke to supporters of both candidates and those boycotting the election, discussed military rule, and attended a Sabahi campaign event. He then visited Cairo’s Tahrir Square on results night, focal point of the revolution that removed Mubarak in 2011 and anti-Morsi protests in 2013.

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