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Attacked for singing the "black national anthem"

A relatively unknown jazz singer has caused outrage in the U.S. after unexpectedly singing the "Black National Anthem" in place of the Star-Spangled Banner at a council event in Denver. Read more and see the video.

A damning video for a Brooklyn hospital

This CCTV video, taken in the psychiatric ward of a Brooklyn hospital on 19 June, has caused outrage in the US. The footage shows a woman collapsed on the floor while staff choose to ignore her. When help is finally called after an hour, the woman is already dead. Read more.

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"I find gay marriage bizarre"

On 16 June California became the second American state to give the green light to gay marriage. We asked our Observers, from China to Ghana, if there's a chance of seeing the same thing happen in their own countries. Read more...

Will Latinos vote for Obama?

Traditionally great fans of Hillary Clinton, Latino-Americans will now have to make the difficult decision between anti-immigration candidate John McCain and black candidate Barack Obama. Despite a long-running rivalry with the black community, they will not be swayed towards John McCain, say our Observers. Read more...

When I grow up I want to be a storm chaser…

Bungee jumping is so past-it in Arizona. If you want a real thrill, then get in your car and follow that tornado. Read more...

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"I'm voting Republican because all countries are inferior to us"

This is the latest election campaign video to hit YouTube. The "I'm Voting Republican" parody has already been seen over a million times in less than a week. It's pretty funny and puts up a good argument too. Read more...

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Left to die in the middle of the road


A 78-year-old man, struck down by a hit-and-run driver, was left lying in the middle of the road for over a minute as pedestrians walked by and cars veered round him. Here's the video.

Alleged communists massacred under the eyes of American soldiers

Last month the US government declassified images of thought-to-be communist sympathisers being massacred by  South Korean authorities between 1950 and 1951. Tackling a sensitive subject, the evidence throws more weight behind the argument that the US were partly to blame. Read more...

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Pranksters sentenced to apologise on YouTube

Two Florida teenagers who threw a drink in a drive-thru worker's face have been forced by a judge to post an apology on YouTube. But will the punishment work? See the apology and read more...

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Hillary for vice-president? - "Obama, please don’t make the mistake"

Photo: ishrona on Flickr

Hillary Clinton was finally dragged - kicking and screaming - out of the race to the White House on Tuesday. But she can still harbour hopes of reaching her target - if she's willing to accept second place. Our Observers tell us what could happen if presidential candidate Barack Obama picks the former First Lady as his number two. Read more...

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