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For your next holiday, what about the Hezbollah tour?

To commemorate the ten-year anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from south Lebanon, Hezbollah is offering a new kind of daytrip. The tour features antitank missiles, the voice of Hassan Nasrallah, and… a scrubland full of soldiers. One of our Observers has been there. See his photos…

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Binoche’s appeal “very influential” in Iranian director's release

Iranian film director Jafar Panahi, who had been on hunger strike for a week in Tehran's notorious Evin prison, was released on bail on Tuesday afternoon. One of our Observers in Tehran, who met Panahi before he was detained, says that the Iranian government must have been "shocked" by the involvement of French actress Juliette Binoche and her colleagues. Read more...

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Lebanese World Cup fans throw their weight behind... anyone but Lebanon

Only a few weeks to go till kick off - and while not everyone's got tickets to South Africa, there is another option... Lebanon. Who cares if their national team isn't competing - the Lebanese are some of the world's most fervent fans. They just have to select one of the competing teams. Looking at the array of flags hanging in the streets, it seems they are already gearing up for each of their preferred teams. Read more...

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A decade living in squalid camps for the Roma of Mitrovica

One of our Observers in Kosovo warns us about the sanitary conditions in the north of Mitrovica, home to a number of displaced Roma communities since the end of the conflict between Serbia and Albania. Read more...

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The town that’s being swallowed up by a quarry

Piece by piece, the Peruvian mining town of Cerro de Pasco is being devoured by the very reason for its existence – the quarry that it encircles. Such is the gravity of the situation that the town has to be reshaped each year to make way for the voracious pit.  Read more...

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Outside Bangkok, "Red Shirts" still fighting, burn down city hall

"Red Shirt" protestors in Ubon Ratchathani province have burnt the City Hall to the ground. Our Observer there has just sent us these photos. See more...

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The world's poorest toymaker

Home to half a million people, the hundreds of thousands of shacks that skirt Nairobi make up the Kenyan capital's second largest shantytown. It’s amongst the rife poverty and scant landscape of Mathare that one man is devoting his time to making toys for children. Read more...

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Tintin guilty of racism? Let the Congolese decide

A Brussels court will decide on 31 May whether to ban a comic from the Tintin series because it is racist. The case is being brought against the book's publishers by a Congolese man who says that "it makes people think that blacks have not evolved". Read what one of our Congolese Observers has to say on the affair...

Where French kissing and wearing a thong can land you in prison

A British woman was deported from Dubai on Friday for allegedly kissing a man on the mouth in public - a harsh reminder to the two million expats living in Dubai that a kiss can land them in prison. Read more...

Can cable cars cut crime in Rio’s favelas?

After trying in vain to bring down the rampant crime rate in Brazil's favelas by imposing a heavy police presence, president Lula da Silva is now taking an entirely different approach. His new plan is to build cable cars. Read more...

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