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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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Naming and shaming shoplifters with CCTV footage – legal?

In an attempt to crack down on shoplifters, a UK storeowner has begun posting CCTV images of suspected thieves on the company's website, along with the incentive of a 500-pound (€580) reward for those who successfully identify thieves. On Saturday, the scheme claimed its first victim. But is it legal? Not entirely, a lawyer explains to us. Read more...

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Desperate house sellers

Don't bother with doing up your kitchen and painting the front door anymore - just be honest, cut the price in half, maybe throw in a speedboat for free, or tie a donkey up outside to get some attention. Read more...

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Northern Ireland – a return to violence?

Violent clashes between police and rioters continued for a third night in the Catholic district of Ardoyne last night, sparked by the Belfast's yearly Orange Parades - a celebration of Protestant rule in the region. Read more...

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Gardening: the sweetest crime

The "Guerrilla Gardeners" are growing in number. Armed with spades and rakes, these activists are on a mission to create green spaces in our city centres. Read more...

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Giving birth on the school field

This video of a UK teenager giving birth on a school field has been blocked by YouTube. Read more and see the video...

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Watch yourself... Google's watching you

This scantily-dressed Londoner is the latest victim of unwanted fame that Google Street View can bring you as you go about your daily business. The image has reignited the debate over the legitimacy of Street View - a topic we looked at in December. Read more and see other "Street View celebrities"...

Why Keira Knightley taking a beating is a good thing

No matter how successful and confident you are, anybody can be a victim of domestic violence. Singer Rihanna proved that in February. Now it's British actress Keira Knightely's turn. Luckily, she's only acting. Nonetheless the ad has caused quite a shock. But it is it realistic? A domestic violence aid worker tells us more. Read more and see the ad...

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Unemployed un-kissed 47-year-old to win 'Britain's Got Talent'?

Photo © Britain's Got Talent.

The latest woman to wow YouTube is quite the opposite of what we're used to. Unlike the majority of video clip fodder, Susan Boyle is highly unattractive and greatly talented. And everyone loves her. A fairytale come true, or a showbiz fake? Read more...

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