When playing a Facebook game could cost you your job


Chances are you've heard of Facebook's Lying Down Game, a completely pointless yet wildly popular activity which consists of lying down in random, awkward places, getting your photo taken and posting it on Facebook. Sounds harmless... Until you risk losing your job for it, as seven British hospital staff members found out. Read more...
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Hummus, another cause for war in the Middle East


Lebanon is accusing Israel of usurping its most precious culinary specialties. It intends to create a geographical label to identify ‘authentic’ Lebanese cuisine. To further stress its point, Lebanon also intends to beat the largest hummus dish world record, currently held by Israel. Read more...

Swingin' Swiss political rallies

They sing, dance and crack jokes. Stage entertainers ? No, Swiss politicians on the campaign trail. Read more and watch the videos...

Busted: An underground fake condom factory

Dusty condoms lie on the floor, old oil cans are used to store lubricant, shirtless workers handle fake brand wrappers...Welcome to an illegal condom factory in Shaoyang, China. Read more...

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'Gollum-like' creature found in Panama

Last week a group of teenagers from the town of Cerro Azul in Panama claimed they across this unidentified creature as they were playing near a lake. The web was abuzz with speculation, but now the mystery is solved. Read more...
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Women can't drive, but children can

Women are strictly forbidden from driving in Saudi Arabia. So you can imagine how Susie, an American expat living in Jeddah, feels when she sees boys barely older than ten cruising at the wheel of their flashy SUVs. Read more…

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Video: ‘Hero’ bricklayer shot to death while tackling metro gunman


When a crazed gunman opened fire in a crowded Mexico city metro station on Saturday, most people bolted for the nearest exit. But not Esteban Cervantes Barrera, who single-handedly tackled the gunman - and died a hero. Read more and watch the video...

Your Observers TV show is back!

After the summer break, the new Observers TV show is back for its fourth edition. Many thanks to all the Observers who participated: Serigne Diagne, Sandra Miller, Ahmed Al-Omran and Serge. Watch the show...

A glaring case of plagiarism on Chinese TV

On August 22, Chinese broadcaster CCTV released “Soul’s Window”, a much-trumpeted “original production” aimed at a child audience. But Web users haven’t fallen for it. Read more…
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Protests resume in Tehran

Tens of thousands of Iranian demonstrators have defied a warning by the authorities not to turn an annual pro-Palestinian rally into street protests against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Clashes involving protesters, security forces and Ahmadinejad supporters have broken out. [Post updated throughout the day] Read more...

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