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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...

Iran humiliates student protestor in women’s clothing

One of the students behind Monday's Student Day protest in Iran has appeared dressed as a woman on the Fars state news agency website. The website quotes him admitting that he dressed as a woman to try to avoid being arrested by the police. Something hard to believe, according to one of our Observers. Read more...

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Was the catastrophe in Jeddah avoidable?

The torrential rains that engulfed Jeddah on November 25 killed 108 people and caused 2 billion dollars worth of damages. City residents are convinced that the Saudi authorities are partly responsible for the tragedy. Read more...

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Settlers proudly display evidence of construction in West Bank

A week after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told settlers to stop building in the West Bank, a settler posted photos of them doing just that, on his blog. Read more...

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Where none flew over the cuckoo’s nest

One of our Observers in Iran, Alireza, tells us of his haunting experiences of a sanctuary for veterans and martyrs who fought in the Iran-Iraq war. According to him, the residents are cut from the world, depressed, and intoxicated with medication. Read more and see the photos...

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