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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...

US army trucks on their way to Waziristan?

The US says it currently has no ground offensives underway in Pakistan's tribal region of Waziristan, a Taliban militant stronghold close to the Afghan border. However, one of our Observers in Pakistan disputes this after spotting two of what he believes to be US Army vehicles heading into the region. Read more...

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Who's behind the Copenhagen clashes?

If talks seem to have reached a stalemate two days before the Copenhagen climate summit comes to an end, environment activists outside the conference have not given up yet. Thousands of protestors surrounded the venue today, resulting in violent clashes with the police and the arrest of 260 people. Our Observer was there. Read more and see his photos...

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Where 1,400 people are outnumbered by 40 million crabs

It takes the land-crabs of Christmas Island almost two months to make their way from the forest to the sea and back again. But that doesn't stop the island's human inhabitants needing to get from A to B. The result? The world's most careful drivers. Read more and see the photos...

Free sex for Copenhagen summit delegates

A municipal postcard campaign against prostitution during the UN climate conference in Copenhagen has so incensed local prostitutes that they are now offering free sex to any delegate who turns up with one of the postcards. Read more...

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"We pay UK prices – but on Greek wages"

Concerns over the abysmal state of the Greek economy are mounting across Europe. Meanwhile, the Greeks themselves are worried about the daily cost of life - or why, when they earn less than 1,000 euros per month, the price of a pint is the same as in the UK and France. Read more...

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