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The rantings of an angry white farmer

While Mugabe's thugs continue to terrorise Zimbabwe, the abduction and brutal beating of a white farmer has reignited another of the country's long standing polemics - what to do with the country's wealthy white settlers. A friend of the victim explains why white farmers are refusing to leave Zimbabwe. Read more.

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Vote for Mugabe, or don’t vote at all

Zimbabweans are voting today in what's being labelled a "one-man election". Despite opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulling out of the competition on Sunday, President Robert Mugabe pushed ahead with the run-off between the two men. The opposition has accused Mugabe's ZANU-PF party of using violence to scare people into voting for Mugabe. One of our Observers went to the polls; another dared to stay at home. Here are their accounts of the day's events, told anonymously. Read more...

Stop dreaming, Mugabe's here to stay

Hopes for a fair election are over in Zimbabwe after opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out of Friday's planned run-off on Sunday. But while expectations have been quashed, repressive government violence and spiralling food prices seem to be unstoppable. 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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It's best not to wave at the camera just after a massacre

Yesterday we published a post about a street massacre in Tokyo. Shocked Japanese web users have been poring over news reports recorded just after the tragedy, and they've noticed something that upsets them even more. Read more...

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Could it happen to you?

Pressure from your boss, an open-plan office, lack of recognition, deadlines… working conditions can be very stressful. And people seem to be cracking up under them all over the world. See the video and read more…

Seven massacred in Tokyo - are the Japanese prone to ultra-violence?

Japan saw the ghastly murder of seven people yesterday when a man drove his two-tonne-lorry into crossing pedestrians and then went on a stabbing spree in Akihabara, Tokyo. Our Observer in the country questions whether the Japanese are prone to such gruesome massacres, and why. Read more...

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"Black on black racism at the height of stupidity"

Forty-two people have been killed since the outbreak of violent clashes between native South Africans and Zimbabwean refugees in Johannesburg. A Zimbabwean immigrant tries to explain this sudden attack on his community. Read more...

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