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Perfect skies for Beijing celebrations

These photos show the gradual and perfectly timed improvement in weather conditions in the run up to the Chinese Republic's 60th anniversary on October 1. Pure luck? Not so, says one of our Observers in the city. An American expat who lives in Beijing, Roseann Lake gives her reaction to the event. Read more...

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Samba dancers too risqué for southern Lebanon

A Samba street party on its way to a town in south Lebanon was stopped in its tracks after a group of religious dignitaries labelled it "pornographic" and "against Muslim beliefs". According to one of our Lebanese Observers, the decision is a disgrace to the country. Read more...

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Photos of women stripped naked and humiliated, posted online

Photographs of Guineans being humiliated naked in the street during last Monday's opposition crackdown are circulating on the Net. One of our Observers says he witnessed the scene when this photo was taken. Read more...

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The People’s Republic (nearly) perfect 60th anniversary ceremony

As expected, the parade organised to celebrate the People’s Republic of China’s 60th anniversary went extremely smoothly — thanks in part to the massive security lock-down weeks ahead of the show. There was one small hitch, however, as Chinese Web users were quick to see. Read more...

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"Security forces surrounded the stadium and began shooting"


A day after anti-government protests ended in a brutal bloodbath, Guineans are slowly getting over the shock. Over 150 people were reportedly killed on Monday in Conarky when security forces attacked a gathering of thousands of opposition protestors. Read more...
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A floating 'separation wall' in Tel Aviv

Israeli artist Shelly Federman created this curious structure that resembles the West Bank separation wall...  Except that it's made of Styrofoam and can be used as a floating mattress. Read more and see the photos...

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Manila under water


The streets of Manila were left underwater after the Philippines were hit by typhoon Ketsana on Saturday, bringing the country its heaviest rainfall in 40 years. See the photos...
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