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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Brazil’s other Olympic Games

Xikunahity (football played with the head). Image: Wagner Meier on Flickr

While Rio de Janeiro was still in raptures over its selection for the 2016 Olympic Games, 3,000 kilometres north of the city, in the Amazon basin, another sporting competition was taking place. This one, with barely a journalist in sight. Welcome to the Indigenous Peoples' Games. Read more...
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Chinese tissue advert sparks unification spat with Taiwan

One of China's public demonstrations of disregard for Taiwan's independence comes in the form of an advert for tissues. Not surprisingly, the Chinese ad was far from welcomed across the straits. A few days ago, a Hong Kong TV channel aired a rude parody of the Chinese ad made by Taiwanese web users. But why? Read more and see the clips...

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In Dubai, women prefer fast cars to knitting

Seeing a veiled woman at the wheel of a racing car might seem unlikely in a Muslim country. But just next door to Saudi Arabia - where women are banned from driving - a group of women has set up a club devoted to all things auto. Read more...

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Who’s dumb – the Americans, the Russians, or the questions being asked?

Everybody's seen the video clips of Americans answering general knowledge questions, and generally, getting them wrong. A pair of Russians decided to do the same thing, to show that "dumb" people can be found anywhere, if you ask the right questions. Read more and see the clip...

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“Papa, what’s the Shah’s job?”

The Shah of Iran, or Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, was Iran's last monarch. He ruled the country from 1941 until the Islamic Revolution in 1979. This opinion piece on the "king of kings" and his legacy was sent to us by one of our registered users, Shohreh A, 42, from Tehran. Read more...

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Robin Hood returns… in Dubai

The poor of Dubai, which today fell further into economic crisis, have never experienced the luxuries the state is renowned for. But every year during the Islamic festival of sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, one man, who has christened himself "The Robin Hood of the United Arab Emirates", tries to share some of the country's wealth with them. Read more...

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Haj pilgrims tested by deadly downpours

The hundreds of thousands of tunic-clad pilgrims who made their way to Mount Arafat for the annual Haj today are lucky to be alive after surviving torrential rains which cost the lives of at least 48 people. Read more and see the images...

West “hypocritical” to protest Hindu mass animal slaughter

Every five years, Hindus travel for miles to participate in Nepal's mass sacrifice of tens of thousands of buffaloes, goats, roosters and pigeons. Animal rights activists, including French actress Brigitte Bardot, have attempted to put an end to the tradition. But as one of our Observers there points out, the five-yearly mass slaughter is no worse than the daily dealings of a modern abattoir. Read more and see the images...

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A navy for a landlocked country

With approximately 6,000 men and 70 vessels, the Bolivian navy keeps control of the Andean country's waterways. The only catch? Bolivia is landlocked. Read more...

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