Emirates Blackberry users tricked into downloading spyware by "upgrading"

When 145,000 Blackberry users in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) received this message from operator Etisalat, the majority of them went ahead and downloaded the supposed upgrade. But what they had agreed to was more than just an "ultimate experience" - they had just opened access to all their messages. Read more...

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Your favourite holiday photos (part one)

It's holiday time Observers! That's why we're taking a little break from international affairs in offering you an assortment of the best holiday snaps posted on Flickr, compiled by our team. See more...

Algeria: “A real risk of a mass uprising”

So infuriated by "administrative burdens", protestors piled burning tyres onto a major motorway leading to the Algerian capital on Saturday. Read more...

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Raul Castro: “We no longer see him”

Saturday marked the Cuban Revolution's 56th birthday and Raul Castro's third time in celebrating the event with a televised speech. One of our Observers there, Yoani Sanchez, watched the speech on her TV at home. Here are her thoughts...

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"Obama the African witch doctor"

This image was sent to fellow anti-health reform campaigners by Florida neurosurgeon Dr. David McKalip. So why, if their argument draws on such crass resources, are anti-reformers succeeding in their attempt to stop Obama from implementing a comprehensive health plan in the US? Read more...

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Unrest in South African shanty towns – ready to host the World Cup?

Protests over living conditions in South African shanty towns turned violent on Wednesday when discontented slum dwellers around the country clashed with police forces. Similar outbursts last year resulted in over 70 deaths when rioters also targeted foreigners from neighbouring countries; a cause for concern for the hundreds of thousands of World Cup fans planning to travel to the country in a year's time. Read more...

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Really want to lose weight? Join Flickr…

Unlike all the fad diets, pills and electronic toners, there's a new way to lose weight that actually works, doesn't cost anything, and doesn't involve going to the doctor. It's called Flickr, the photo sharing website. Read more...

The Bangladeshi way of watching a solar eclipse

Bangladeshi photojournalist Monirul Alam sent us this photo, which he took this morning (July 22) on Patla Khan Lane in Old Dhaka. A Bangladeshi woman is trying to watch the solar eclipse the traditional way. "We use a plate with some water in it in order to protect our eyes." More eclipse...

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Walled cities of the world

It'd be so nice if it was true, but the fact is it isn't: the first settlements - before the Bronze Age, before the Iron Age, probably even prior to the Stone Age - didn't happen because folks liked each other's company. As the old saying goes: safety in numbers ... and fortifications. Read more...

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Scene from a war film? No, a protest in Tehran...

This footage was filmed by residents on a balcony in Tehran. In the street directly below, the police shoot down a protestor. Watch the video...

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