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Norway survivor: "I lay on the beach surrounded by bodies, playing dead"

 
On July 22, Anders Behring Breivik, a 32-year-old Norwegian right-wing extremist, planted two bombs near an Oslo government building and went on a brutal shooting spree in a Labour Party youth camp on the nearby island of Utoeya. On that fateful Friday, Adrian Pracon, 21, was volunteering at the camp. Little did he know when he heard about the Oslo bombings that his life was about to change forever. Read more...
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TeleGhetto: reporting from Haiti with an oil can and a hairbrush

 
Every day, three Haitian high-school students -- Alex-Louis, Jean-Pierre and Steevens -- interview their fellow residents in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Initially armed with nothing but a hairbrush standing in for a microphone and an empty can of oil for a camera, they made it their mission to paint a vivid picture of life in the Haitian capital after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Their modest start earned them the nickname “TeleGhetto”, and the three teenagers have come a long way since. Read more...
 
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Youth supporters of Gbagbo and Ouattara clash in Cocody

 
On the eve of the second round of the presidential campaign, clashes have broken our between FESCI members (the pro-Gbagbo student union) and youths from the RHDP, an opposition coalition. Read an account and see the footage...
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France cracks down on Facebook gatherings after reveller dies

Enjoying an aperitif with friends is almost mandatory in France. But just how many friends? The latest craze is to get together with hundreds of strangers in an open space. And it's no longer a case of one pre-dinner drink. Prearranged by anonymous organisers on social networking sites, particularly Facebook, the booze-fuelled events have become increasingly popular in the traditionally refined state. That is, until somebody died at one of them on Wednesday. Read more...

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“Sex bracelets”, a harmless craze or a dangerous game?

"Sex bracelets" are the latest craze amongst Brazilian teenagers. A successor to friendship bracelets, each of these cheap coloured wristbands relates to a type of sexual activity. While it was initially supposed to be a bit of fun, for one teenage girl, the game turned into a nightmare. Read more...

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Sanitizing gel: great for your hands, not so great for your stomach

Hand sanitizer sales have shot up since the outbreak of the swine flu pandemic, giving rise to an unexpected side trend: getting high on the alcohol-based substance. Read more and watch the videos…

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Beijing graduates crammed into slums like "ants"

Don't expect a university degree to guarantee you a decent standard of living in the Chinese capital. So poor and desperate are the city's young graduates, they have been labelled "ants" for their hard-working ethic and limited living space. Read more...

YouTube assault video worsens Somali reputation

A group of Minneapolis teenagers have found themselves headline news after publishing a video in which they push people over in the street. Identified as of Somali origin, the pranksters will, our observer there explains, only add fuel to the fire for the local anti-Somali press. Read more...

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No Halloween for “stupid foreigners”

For some years now expats and travellers in Tokyo have been piling into metro carriages on October 31 to celebrate Halloween. This year however, the masked partygoers were stopped in their tracks by groups of exasperated locals. Read more...

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Women can't drive, but children can

Women are strictly forbidden from driving in Saudi Arabia. So you can imagine how Susie, an American expat living in Jeddah, feels when she sees boys barely older than ten cruising at the wheel of their flashy SUVs. Read more…

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