Desperate house sellers

Don't bother with doing up your kitchen and painting the front door anymore - just be honest, cut the price in half, maybe throw in a speedboat for free, or tie a donkey up outside to get some attention. Read more...

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A "personal friend" of George Bush at the head of NATO

A backer of the Iraq invasion, a defender of the infamous Danish cartoons, a "personal friend" of former US president George W. Bush... and now, the secretary-general of NATO. Is Anders Fogh Rasmussen really the right man to lead the Atlantic Alliance? Our Danish Observers react. Read more...

Why Brasilia residents surround their homes with 8,000 volts of electricity

Brazil gets a bad rap when it comes to violent crime. Until recently however, the capital city of Brasilia had managed to keep up a decent reputation. Not anymore. One of our Observers in the city says the proof is in the security; electric fences around homes, private surveillance systems.... Brasilia's wealthy residents are clearly not taking any chances. Read more...

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If you should really kick a ball over the separation wall…

In response to the controversial ad from Israeli telecoms company Cellcom, in which Israelis and Palestinians strike up a game of footy across the separation wall, residents from the Palestinian side have come up with their own version. Unlike the original however, there are no actors; only real citizens. So what would really happen if Palestinians kicked a ball across the wall? See the clip...

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Worldwide MJ mourners dance off their woes, flash mob style

Over a month after Michael Jackson disappeared from the mortal world, the King of Pop's sprawling fan base remains devoted to paying him that last and most heartfelt homage. In cities across the globe, unlikely crowds shopping, chatting, tying their shoe laces, are finding themselves faced with a group of choreographed dancers suddenly gyrating to the songster's "Beat It". See the videos...

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Talk openly about sex and risk jail

A 32-year-old Saudi man could face court for debauchery, premarital sex and for breaking the Islamic code after he was interviewed by a Lebanese channel about his sex life. Read more...

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Mohammed VI's tenth year - what do Moroccans make of him?

It's ten years since King Mohammed VI took the reigns of the Moroccan monarchy. Two of our Moroccan Observers comment on his time in power so far. Read more...

Tightening the noose on online money scammers

Who hasn't received an email asking them to send money to the other side of the world? One country where online scammers are making a very profitable living, Ivory Coast is threatening to launch a crackdown on the fraudsters. Read more...

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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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