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Ministry takes up residence in Cairo synagogue

Working among Hebrew inscriptions and Stars of David, the staff of the Ministry of Social Affairs in the east of Cairo are, effectively, squatting in a disused synagogue. Read more and see the photos...

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The presidential hopeful who changed his name to trick voters

Unlike most European voters, Ukrainians have the option of voting "Against all". So if you're planning on garnering those votes, what better way to do so than changing your name to "Against all"? Which is what one of the presidential hopefuls for the January election has done. Read more...

China supplying Iran with riot control vehicles?

Riot control vehicles manufactured by a Chinese company may have been delivered to Iran a few weeks ago. The photo on the right was sent to us by one of our Observers and news of the alleged delivery is spreading fast on the Iranian web. We’re currently trying to verify the information. Read more…

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Burn your president for New Year’s Eve

Travel by car in Colombia, Ecuador or Venezuela during the Christmas holidays and you'll find yourself being stared at by scarecrows holding empty liquor bottles and dummies of world leaders. Stuffed with sawdust and gunpowder, the human-sized creatures known as "Año viejos" (Old years) meet a burning end as the centrepieces of New Year's Eve celebrations. Read more...

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Chinese and Taiwanese talking again... by pictorial exchange

Communication between the Chinese and the Taiwanese is not always easy. But for the past few weeks, the more curious from each side of the strait have been getting to know each other with the use of hand penned questions, photographed and posted online. Read more and see the photos...

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Why turkey is easier than carp for Christmas

What length would you go to in order to make sure your Christmas dinner is fresh? In Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, where the staple dish on Christmas Eve is carp, tradition dictates that you keep the fish in your bathtub until the day you cook it. Read more and see the photos...

Most striking amateur photos of 2009

We've selected the most impresive amateur photos published on The Observers in 2009. Vote for your favourite...

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Eurostar passengers vent fury at "third world" rail service


Eurostar train services remain severely disrupted two days after adverse weather conditions caused several trains to break down in the tunnel between France and Britain, leaving thousands of incensed passengers trapped under the English Channel for up to 16 hours. Amateur footage of the passengers' ordeal reveals the beleaguered company's poor handling of the situation and the extent of public anger. 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...

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