Chinese authorities have so far reported 13 dead since the beginning of the incidents while Tibetan activists say that at least one hundred people have been killed. These amateur photos, which we’re the first to publish, contradict the official Chinese statement. Read more…
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This image is all over Chinese discussion boards. Web-users are saying that the photo, published by CNN, proves that the American channel is manipulating information about the Tibet crisis in order to cast China in a negative light. Read more
UPDATE (19 March 2.30pm): CNN has sent us a statement in response to the claims, saying that the image was cropped due to space constraints. Read the full statement.
Beaten, tormented and tortured; lynching is still the unofficial punishment for suspected criminals in some rural areas of India. Our Observers in the country explain why the backward practice is still going on. Warning: you may find the images upsetting. Read more...
Images taken from a mob lynching in north-east India on 23 Feb. 08
Actor Chuck Norris has become quite an idol at American military bases. His posters are as frequent on camp walls as the obligatory pin-up, and soldiers at the Baghdad helicopter base have even erected an altar in his glory. Read more and watch our pick of Chuck videos.
The Legend of Chuck Norris posted by "mikethedirector" 25 Feb. 07
UPDATE (13 March 7.30pm): We published the first amateur images of events on the Observers site. Press agencies have now distributed new photos of the events, finally managing to get their documents out of the country.
Photo taken this morning by a tourist.
Protests which started on Monday 10 are still raging in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. Today, events seem to have taken a turn for the worse, as demonstrated in this photo taken by a tourist and retrieved by France 24. This is one of the only photos to have made it through the Chinese censors. Beijing has effectively established a blackout on all information about the event. There are even fewer images available than when violence broke out at protests in Burma in September last year. Until today, the only shots published of the demonstrations in Lhasa are those from two Belgian tourists travelling in Tibet. We’ll continue to follow the situation throughout the day on the Observers.
Women are banned from driving on main roads in Saudi Arabia and face harsh penalties for getting behind the wheel. Activist Wajeha al-Huwaider is protesting against the prohibition by appealing to the authorities in a video clip - which she filmed from the driving seat of her car. See the video and read the comments of our Observers on the scene…
The French director Michel Gondry is about to release his new film "Be Kind Rewind"; a story of two friends who spend their time remaking famous films- called "sweding"- with the lowest possible budget. To celebrate its launch he has organised a "sweding" film competition in collaboration with Dailymotion. Here's our selection of the best entries and their makers' commentaries.
Image from Gregory Hoepffner et Axel Dallou's "sweded" version of Panic Room
Rully Dasaad, a fellow pupil at Barack Obama's primary school - labeled as an "Islamic madrassa" by the conservative American media - tells us about their childhood growing up in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the polemic that it's causing now. Read more…