6 sensational stories you may have missed this week

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Hitting the headlines: anti-ISIS fatwa from Canada, Saudi whistle-blower returns, Afghan artist in hiding, Ethiopia’s disappearing lions, skiing in Morocco’s mountains, and a Nobel Peace Prize walk in Korea.

A skier descends a slope at the Oukaimeden ski resort, in the Atlas Mountains, 30 kilometres from the popular tourist resort of Marrakesh, on February 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA
A skier descends a slope at the Oukaimeden ski resort, in the Atlas Mountains, 30 kilometres from the popular tourist resort of Marrakesh, on February 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA

Canadian imams issue fatwa against Islamic State
In a fatwa posted online, also endorsed by a US imam from Texas, the 38 scholars argue that “any attack on Canada will be an attack on the freedom of Canadian Muslims.”

Mystery Saudi tweeter returns after account suspension
A widely-followed “whistle-blower” who tweeted about the Saudi royal family said Monday he has returned to Twitter after a brief suspension by the social media platform of his account.

Afghan artist in hiding after sexual harassment protest
A young Afghan artist who walked through the streets of Kabul wearing a suit of armour featuring large breasts and buttocks in protest against sexual harassment has gone into hiding after receiving death threats.

From sand dunes to ski slopes Moroccan style
On a clear day, skiers can see the dunes of the Sahara desert shimmer in the distance from the Moroccan ski resort of Oukaimeden, the highest in North Africa. The view is impressive, even on a cloudy day, but ski instructors say a lack of infrastructure and hotels stands in the way of growth.

Ethiopia’s ‘Iron Lion Zion’ cats fading fast
Ethiopia’s black-maned lions once represented a former emperor, “Lion of Judah” Haile Selassie, and were immortalised in a song by reggae legend Bob Marley. Today, they struggle for survival.

Nobel laureates among women planning march across Korean DMZ
Two Nobel Peace laureates and American feminist Gloria Steinem are among a group of 30 women planning to march across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea to press demands for reunification.

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