'God forgot Afghanistan'

  • 30 July 2016
This girl wants electricity and justice, nothing more! #enlightenment movement Image copyright Twitter

In the early hours of Friday morning, the hashtag #enlightenment began trending in Afghanistan and briefly in Pakistan. It quickly gained traction, and at the time of writing, more than 380,000 tweets had been sent out using the tag. Tragic events in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, from the previous week, had spilled over into social media.

"Enlightenment" refers to the Hazara Enlightenment Movement. They represent Afghanistan's third-largest ethnic group. They practise Shia Islam, in predominantly Sunni Afghanistan and Pakistan.

On Saturday 16 July, 80 people were killed and about 230 wounded by a double suicide attack on marchers in Kabul. The majority of them were from the country's Shia ethnic Hazara minority. The protest, which was described by the White House as "peaceful", was over a new power line, which many members of the Hazara minority said bypassed provinces where they lived.

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Some tweets reflected the violence of last Saturday.

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While others felt the conversation had to be widened to the rights of the Hazara group.

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The hairdresser for the homeless

  • 29 July 2016

Josh Coombes is a hairdresser with a huge salon: the streets of London.

The 29-year-old has been giving free haircuts to homeless people for the past year. Photos of the results are posted on an Instagram account which has thousands of followers.

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The campaign that 'shot' Mark Zuckerberg in the face

  • 29 July 2016
#IndiaCantSee campaign by Pakistan-based Never Forget Pakistan group Image copyright NeverForgetPk

How did Mark Zuckerberg's face become a symbolic weapon in the online battle over Kashmir?

An image of the Facebook CEO, photoshopped to appear as if he had been shot in the face by the controversial pellet guns used by security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir, has been widely shared on social media in the last few days.

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Ireland abortion: 'We can't keep painting over our problems'

  • 28 July 2016
Photo of woman hugging mural Image copyright Aisling Bea

A mural featuring a large red heart with the words "Repeal the 8th" painted across it was unveiled on the wall of Dublin's Project Arts Centre nearly three weeks ago.

The work by the street artist Maser triggered a swift reaction on social media with many people sharing photographs of the artwork. But on Monday the mural was painted over after Dublin City Council took action. And then the outcry really started.

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The loudest lawyer in America

  • 28 July 2016

Masked wrestlers, motorcyles crashing through walls and explosions galore. Not quite what you would expect from a lawyer seeking to promote his legal practice.

However, Bryan Wilson, a criminal defence attorney from Fort Worth, Texas, has become a huge internet hit through a series of bizarre adverts in which he appears as the larger-than-life Texas Law Hawk.

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'Black lives should matter in South Sudan too'

  • 27 July 2016
Nykhor Paul Image copyright Nykhor Paul/Wilhelmina

Nykhor Paul is a US-based supermodel from South Sudan. She enjoys a life of castings, photoshoots and travel - a world apart from the conflict which has scarred her homeland. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than 1.6 million have been internally displaced since 2013. An uneasy truce is currently in place after hundreds died in a fresh outbreak of violence earlier this month. Paul speaks exclusively to BBC Trending about using social media to campaign for a change and "build bridges" between her two worlds.

I live in New York. I'm full time model with Wilhelmina Models, which is one of the top agencies in the world - they represent Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato. My life involves castings, photoshoots and travel. My career has gone well; I used to be the face of Louis Vuitton and I've walked on global fashion shows for labels like Vivienne Westwood. My life now is a whole world away from where I was born and where I came from.

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Rio 2016: Olympic opening ceremony outfits likened to erasers

  • 26 July 2016
Iranian meme comparing Iranian team outfits to popular brand of erasers. Image copyright Instagram/rambodjavan1
Image caption Iranians are sharing this meme which compares the national team's outfits to a pencil eraser

It can't be nice for a designer to have your work become the target of the unforgiving eye of a fashion critic. But a cultured reviewer is no match for the tirade that can come your way if you irk social media. Especially when the catwalk is one of Earth's most high profile and watched events.

More than one billion people around the world are expected to watch the cream of the globe's athletes take part in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio on 5 August.

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This week in Turkey: live streaming's political moment?

  • 23 July 2016
Citizens wave Turkish Flags during a march towards Bosphorus Bridge to protest failed military coup attempt and to show solidarity with the Turkish government in Istanbul. Image copyright Anadolu Agency/Getty

Live video stream apps, like Facebook Live and Periscope, seemed to be the medium of choice for a new digital generation in Turkey this week, as they spread the news of recent political turbulence to the world.

In January 1991, Peter Arnett reported live on CNN from the Al-Rashid hotel as the first air strikes of the Gulf war hit the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. This was the moment of CNN's pioneering 24-hour news channel, changing the information sharing landscape permanently.

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'Dear Mr Terrorist'

  • 22 July 2016

A Muslim beauty vlogger from Nice has gone viral with a video addressing those who carried out the attack which killed more than 80 people in her hometown last week.

The video entitled 'Dear Mr Terrorist' was made by 20-year-old Maroua Bekkouche, who was born in Algeria but has lived in Nice since she was three years old.

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Pokemon's tears for Syria

  • 21 July 2016
Pokemon in tears next to boy in Syrian war scene Image copyright Moustafa Jano

More than five years into the war in Syria it is not always easy for interested parties to get public opinion in the outside world to focus, yet again, on a conflict that can sometimes seem insoluble.

For many watching from a distance, the shock value of reports about the aftermath of barrel bombs, suicide attacks, torture and starving civilians can diminish with repetition.

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