Angels and Demons, part of the grand conspiracy theory?

Conspiracy theories sprout like mushrooms at each global crisis, and Swine flu is no exception: one blog blames a mysterious secret society, the Illuminati, for the recent outbreak. Do movies like Ron Howard's upcoming Angels and Demons add fuel to the conspiracy-theory fire? Read more...

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The Mingora diaries: “the firing never stops”

The Pakistani Army launched a heavy-handed offensive against the Taliban militants squatting in Swat Valley yesterday, pushing thousands of residents to flee the area. One of our Observers however, remains just outside the city of Mingora, the region's main town. Read his account...

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Government officials say “Smoke more or face a fine”

Authorities in China's Gongan county in the central Hubei province have found a simple method of giving a boost to local cigarette producers — ordering all civil servants to meet "smoking targets" or face a fine. Read more...

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Condoleezza Rice grilled over torture

A Stanford University student grills former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice over the Bush administration's torture policy. Who sounds more convincing: Rice or Jeremy Cohn? Read more...

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“The Taliban say they have an army of 2,000 suicide bombers”

Residents across various cities and villages in Pakistan's Swat valley are evacuating their homes ahead of a possible military operation to rout the Taliban militia in the region. Read more...

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Berlusconi's macho image helps him win elections

One would think Silvio Berlusconi's wife's decision to leave him has put the Italian prime minister in a tight spot only weeks before the European elections. But our Italian Observer Alberto Celani says that the criticism is actually helping reinforce his "compassionate" and "macho" image. Read more...

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Pakistan’s ghost schools… "partly funded by the World Bank"

One of our Observers in Pakistan tells us that in the Sindh province alone there are more than 7,000 schools - partly financed by the World Bank - which don't actually exist. The money is pouring into the local authorities, but the schools are never opened. Read more...

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No job, no visa

Obtaining a French work visa was already an ordeal but the financial crisis made life even tougher for foreigners in France. Read more....

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"Be beautiful and vote", the worst campaign flop in Lebanon

Six weeks before the Lebanese parliamentary elections, this campaign was meant to attract women voters. It didn't. Read more...

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The origin of influenza A (H1N1)?

Where did the A (H1N1) flu come from? Residents of the Mexican town where the first case was diagnosed say that a US-owned factory just a few miles down the road, which produces 950,000 pigs a year, is to blame. A blogger from the area went to the factory to look into the conditions. Here are his findings...

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