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From ‘flash mob’ to ‘flash rob’

 
A “flash mob” is generally defined as a group of people who suddenly gather in a public arena to stage an act of performance art, briefly interrupting every day routine. In the US however, some young people have put a new twist on the movement, transforming the idea of a flash mob into a “flash rob”. Watch the videos...
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‘Film this sh**’: NYPD clashes with hip-hop fans caught on camera

 
Hip-hop fans gathered at New York City’s Tammany Hall in the Lower East Side on Tuesday, June 28, for a record release party, featuring performances from various artists. Part way through the evening the event was broken up by police, who scuffled with concert-goers in the street, leaving five people injured in the fray. Watch the video...

Midwest's killer tornado in pictures

The deadliest tornado to hit the United States in almost 60 years cut through the Midwest city of Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, killing at least 116 people. Amateur photos and videos bear witness to the storm’s trail of devastation. Read more…

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Mississippi floods: Thousands of rural homes sacrificed to save New Orleans

 
Six years after hurricane Katrina, the battered city of New Orleans is once again threatened by floodwaters. The Mississippi river bed, swollen by a rainy spring, has expanded to six times its usual width for this time of year. To save the city, Louisiana authorities are diverting the water flow towards rural areas, fuelling anger among residents of the affected zones. Read more...
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Bin Laden raid: ‘Situation Room’ photo airbrushed by White House

 
 
This now-famous photo of the US president Barack Obama and his team in the White House ‘Situation Room’ has been seen around the world. While there’s no denying the scene took place, a closer look at the image reveals it was carefully airbrushed to get a specific message across. Read more…
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Videos show ‘Water for Elephants’ star abused during 2005 training

 
A video released by animal rights group Animal Defenders International (ADI) shows the elephant that appears alongside Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in the new film Water for Elephants being beaten and given electric shocks during a 2005 training session. Read more...
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Police shut down college block party with pepper spray

 
It was meant to be a party to celebrate the upcoming end of the school year at Western Illinois University. Instead, the Wheeler Street block party in the rural Midwestern town of Macomb got out of hand resulting in hundreds of partygoers red-eyed from pepper spray, injured police officers, dozens of arrests and lots of confusion over who was to blame. Read more...
 

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