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Weather the world can’t handle

Heavy snowfall has paralysed parts of the UK for the second time this winter, while planes in China and South Korea remain grounded. Even Saudi Arabia is suffering from the cold. From the safety of our office in Paris (where, incidentally, it's just starting snowing), here's our round-up of snowy plains, and problems, from around the world. See the photos...

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Eurostar passengers vent fury at "third world" rail service


Eurostar train services remain severely disrupted two days after adverse weather conditions caused several trains to break down in the tunnel between France and Britain, leaving thousands of incensed passengers trapped under the English Channel for up to 16 hours. Amateur footage of the passengers' ordeal reveals the beleaguered company's poor handling of the situation and the extent of public anger. Read more and watch the videos...
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UK to follow Australian apology for ‘Lost Innocents’?

It was an emotional day for Australia on Monday when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd publicly apologised to the estimated 500,000 children who were abused in government institutions between the 1930s and 1970s - what he called "The absolute tragedy of childhoods lost". Read more...

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Make money watching CCTV

Big Brother is gaining ground in the UK, where citizens are being invited to watch CCTV footage in a "stop thief" type of online game. And it's not only for fun - if they catch a criminal red-handed, they could earn 1,000 pounds. Read more...

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When playing a Facebook game could cost you your job


Chances are you've heard of Facebook's Lying Down Game, a completely pointless yet wildly popular activity which consists of lying down in random, awkward places, getting your photo taken and posting it on Facebook. Sounds harmless... Until you risk losing your job for it, as seven British hospital staff members found out. Read more...
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Millwall vs West Ham carnage - “The police shouldn't have let it happen”

For the first time in four years, bitter football rivals West Ham and Millwall FC met for "England's most violent derby" on Tuesday. The result: ten arrests, one stabbing, and three invasions of the pitch. Two West Ham fans tell us why they think the police are at fault. Read more...

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Can you laugh about suicide bombers?

An online comedy about a group of Bradford-based Muslim extremists planning a suicide bombing has been released on YouTube. Hilarious or disrespectful? One of our British Muslim Observers gives his reaction. Read more...

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Footage that will stop you texting while driving

"It's all about Cassie Cowan - a nice girl from a nice Gwent valleys family - who kills four people on the road because she used her mobile phone and lost her concentration for a few seconds." See the video...

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