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Reality TV star shines spotlight on ‘trash islands’


In early October, an American woman posed for a series of striking photos to promote cleaning up the Maldives Islands. This photo campaign – which includes her wearing a bikini made of old bottles and surfing in a pile of trash – has received mixed reactions in the Maldives. Read more...
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“If you give your son a country... you can only be Mubarak!”

 With the Egyptian presidential elections just a year away, criticism against the candidacy of Gamal Mubarak, son of longstanding president Hosni Mubarak, is mounting. In a country where political expression is tightly controlled, Gamal’s opponents turn to wry humour to express themselves. Read more...

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UK election posters...after a lick of paint

This year UK election campaigns are, for the first time, being played out largely on the Web. However, although it might be easier - and legal - to edit a campaign poster on Photoshop, the old-fashioned method of taking a can of spray paint to a real billboard has not entirely disappeared. Here are our favourites from around the UK...

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Can UK liberal hold on to his soaring popularity for election?

After the first battle in a three part televised debate between Britain's major party leaders led to a massive boost for the "third man", Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has been catapulted into the spotlight, lavished over and picked apart by both the electorate and the press. Welcome to the UK, where "Cleggmania" is contagious... but for how long? Read more...

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UK election: let the best joker win

Thursday night saw the UK's first ever live pre-election televised debate between the three major party leaders. But it's not the only sign that British election campaigning is warming to American rules. As in the 2008 presidential election in the US, spoofing is playing a major part in the race - not only with voters, but politicians too. Read more and see the posters...

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Conservatives to lose the election…. to Photoshop?

While Conservative and Labour politicians are busy campaigning for the forthcoming general election, supporters of both parties have armed themselves with Photoshop and engaged in a battle on the Internet. Such is the level of online activity, it's been hailed as "the first e-election" in Britain. Will David Cameron and Gordon Brown have their fates sealed by Web users? Read more...

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Desperate Tymoshenko calls on aliens for support

Lacking support from both voters and politicians in Ukraine's 2010 presidential election, second-place candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has turned to the blue people of "Planet Pandora", ie, James Cameron's imagination, for support. Will the avatars win her the second round on Sunday? Read more and see the unlikely campaign clip...

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Diapers and puppets to sway voters

Costa Rica has long been regarded as one of the most politically and economically stable countries in Latin America, but its presidential elections this year seem to have run awry due to a heavy dose of negative campaigning. Voters have never seen a political campaign like it. Read more and watch the videos...

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Cleavages enter the electoral campaign

In the run up to Germany's legislative elections Chancellor Angela Merkel's party seem to have given up on political persuasion and instead resorted to sex. This latest poster, revealing ample cleavage, reads: "We have more to offer". Read more...

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For the biggest election in the world, Bollywood shows the way

The biggest democracy in the world is heading to the polls on Thursday. And for those competing for seats in the Indian Parliament, appealing to 714 million eligible voters is not an easy job. This year the leading campaigns come in the form of cartoons, Bollywood clips and 'Slumdog Millionaire'-style mini films. See the clips...

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