The People’s Republic (nearly) perfect 60th anniversary ceremony

As expected, the parade organised to celebrate the People’s Republic of China’s 60th anniversary went extremely smoothly — thanks in part to the massive security lock-down weeks ahead of the show. There was one small hitch, however, as Chinese Web users were quick to see. Read more...

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'Skins' parties, even trashier than Woodstock? Really?


If you've never heard of Skins Parties, chances are you're a dinosaur of 25 or over. Directly inspired by the British teen drama "Skins", the parties have been described as the craziest thing in French nightlife, where girls are loose and drugs roam free. But are they really all they are made up to be, or have they turned into commercialized gigs? Read more...

Will Captain Camara cause Guinea's downfall?


Still in shock after the bloody crackdown that cost the lives of 157 people on Monday in Conraky, Guineans wait in apprehension for their junta leader's next move. One of our Observers gives us his view of captain Moussa Dadis Camara's nine months in office. Read more...
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"Security forces surrounded the stadium and began shooting"


A day after anti-government protests ended in a brutal bloodbath, Guineans are slowly getting over the shock. Over 150 people were reportedly killed on Monday in Conarky when security forces attacked a gathering of thousands of opposition protestors. Read more...
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A floating 'separation wall' in Tel Aviv

Israeli artist Shelly Federman created this curious structure that resembles the West Bank separation wall...  Except that it's made of Styrofoam and can be used as a floating mattress. Read more and see the photos...

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Manila under water


The streets of Manila were left underwater after the Philippines were hit by typhoon Ketsana on Saturday, bringing the country its heaviest rainfall in 40 years. See the photos...
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China’s "most awesome" building


This building in the city of Wuhan has been dubbed the “most awesome” in the country by Chinese Web users. The voters were being ironic, as the student dorms it houses are probably one of the most dangerous places to live in all of China: their windows are just inches away from a high voltage electric pylon. Read more...

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Police use 'sonic weapon' to break up Pittsburgh protests


One thousand protesters gathered outside the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Thursday. When they hurled bricks, police responded with a new, painful weapon: a Long-Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) used in Iraq and against Somali pirates. Read more...
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Ukraine Christ sighting: miracle or mould?


Hundreds of people flocked to a small town in western Ukraine to pray before a mysterious mark that appeared on a wall last July. For some, it's a sign from heaven. For others, it's urban legends. Read more...
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Charal slaughterhouses are awful... But no more than others

Charal's slogan, « With us, you'll always love meat », doesn't go down well with animal-rights agroup L214. They have accused the No.1 French meat producer of cruelty to animals and not respecting bovine slaughter regulations. To prove their point, one of its members penetrated a Charal slaughterhouse undercover and filmed what he saw. Read more and watch the video...

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