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Even jeans are too alluring for the Sharia police in Aceh

Sharia police in the Indonesian province of Aceh are stopping women dressed in jeans and forcing them to change into long government issued skirts. Read more...

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Grotesque city centre sinkhole - a gift from Storm Agatha

These photos, posted on Flickr by the Guatemalan government, show an impossibly sized chasm left behind after the passing of Storm Agatha through Guatemala City.

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Turkish fury over Israeli interception: “We'll all be on the next ship to Gaza"

Ten thousand people have been demonstrating outside the Israeli embassy in Istanbul today, in protest against the IDF interception of Gazan-bound aid ships. One of the protestors there tells us that along with thousands of others, he'll be on the next boat to the Strip. Read more...

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Chinese pharmacist stands up to eviction bulldozers

Since China's economic boom in the 1990s, modernising cities has been a top priority for the government. Such is the rush, that thousands of citizens have been forcibly evicted from their homes by demolition squads in an effort to expedite new construction. But not all of them go without a fight. Read more...

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Israel to deport migrant children: “A threat to the state’s Jewish character”

Thousands of demonstrators gathered on Tuesday night in Tel Aviv to protest the Israeli government's plans to deport some 1,200 children of illegal migrant labourers. One of our Observers was there. Read her account...

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“Enemies of Islam" driven from Facebook

Facebook groups have launched a successful campaign to ban what they call "enemies" from the social network by reporting them to the site's administrators. Their main targets are human rights advocates, atheists, and those accused of being "anti-Islam" or simply "too liberal". Read more...

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America’s most popular “visual birth control” website

Mother-of-two Julie Haas Brophy has become something of a national heroine in the US after finding a way to compensate parents whose children have destroyed their belongings. Her solution? To post the incriminating evidence of the destruction online, and let everybody laugh about it. Besides, the photos serve as a form of visual birth control for parents-to-be. Read more and see the pictures...

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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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