Was the catastrophe in Jeddah avoidable?

The torrential rains that engulfed Jeddah on November 25 killed 108 people and caused 2 billion dollars worth of damages. City residents are convinced that the Saudi authorities are partly responsible for the tragedy. Read more...

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Amateur video reveals chaos of fatal nightclub inferno

The sinister details of an inferno that took hold of a Russian nightclub on Friday night are emerging from the central city of Perm. Outdoor fireworks used indoors, only one exit, and no automatic fire extinguishing system led to the deaths of 118 people. One of the people who managed to escape filmed the panicked evacuation. Read more and see the clip.

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Dubai's hot new trend – burqa-shaped sunglasses

The first branded sunglasses to come from Dubai have gone down a storm in the United Arab Emirates. Not only are they made with real gold, but they're shaped like the traditional burqa from the region. Read more...

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Tehran student protests in amateur pictures

Tehran commemorated national student day on Monday by staging protests in the streets of the capital, despite the heavy police presence. Follow our live updates...

World Cup fans risking their lives in South Africa?

Watch this video, and you probably won't be too keen on going to South Africa next June, no matter how much you love football. A compilation of violent images and terrifying statistics indeed, but is it a fair representation? Read more...

Settlers proudly display evidence of construction in West Bank

A week after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told settlers to stop building in the West Bank, a settler posted photos of them doing just that, on his blog. Read more...

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Where none flew over the cuckoo’s nest

One of our Observers in Iran, Alireza, tells us of his haunting experiences of a sanctuary for veterans and martyrs who fought in the Iran-Iraq war. According to him, the residents are cut from the world, depressed, and intoxicated with medication. Read more and see the photos...

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Ten years after Copenhagen, will they be sorry?

Go through arrivals at Copenhagen airport and you're in for a fright. Since Wednesday, travellers have been greeted by a picture of Barack Obama - only ten years older. So what's the aged US president got to apologise for? Not tackling climate change at the upcoming UN summit, according to Greenpeace. Are Obama, Sarkozy and other world leaders doing enough? Or will they regret it in ten years' time? Read more...

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You got a problem? I’ve got an AK-47

The CCTV footage of a shooting outside a restaurant in north Lebanon has made its way onto the net. The attack was not fatal, but nevertheless, the images reveal that almost 20 years after the Lebanon war ended, guns are still common accessories, and owners not afraid to use them. Read more and see the video...

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Amateur video of brutal revenge for alleged attacker of Jewish settlers

This amateur video, filmed on November 26, shows a Palestinian man being run over twice by an Israeli settler. The man is alleged to have just stabbed two Israeli settlers at a petrol station. See the video...

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