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Congo's deadly stray cables

Electrocutions are becoming increasingly common in Kinshasa, where on rainy days, pedestrians risk their lives just crossing the street. The reason: electrical cables lie exposed on the ground. Read more...

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Na Nach Jews: religion, tradition and techno music

Na Nachs" travel around Israel by truck with the aim of bringing joy and happiness to everyone they come cross... their method for spreading this joy is encouraging people to dance to "spiritual" techno music. And while they're at it, they also try to enlighten people about their particular brand of Judaism. Read more...

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Will “Little Barry” be welcome in Indonesia?

Barack Obama has announced a trip to Indonesia, where he lived for four years as a child. But will he be welcomed with open arms? Just a week ago, a group of local Facebookers furious at the decision to erect a statue of Obama as a child in Jakarta filed a lawsuit against the local council for putting it up. Read more...

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Traditional pearl diving in the Gulf is making a comeback

Due to the dominance of oil, diving for pearls as an industry was left by the wayside, but in recent years this traditional skill has been making a comeback. Our Kuwaiti observer takes us off shore with these treasure hunters. Read more...

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The man who’s buying up South America

In 1991, an American billionaire, Douglas Tompkins, bought 170 square kilometres of land in Chilean Patagonia. Over the next decade, he bought another 3,000 square kilometres. Counting five other areas in Chile and three more in Argentina, Tompkins owns an estimated 8,000 square kilometres in both countries, making him one of the most important private land owners in the world. His goal? To preserve the land. Read more...

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Rwanda’s community courts – for punishment or mercy?

In a few weeks, Rwanda's gacaca courts, set up to process the enormous backlog of war crime cases which resulted from the 1994 genocide, will close their doors. After nine years and over a million gacacas, do Rwandans feel that justice has been served through this unique process? Read more...

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"Doga", yoga and meditation for dogs and their owners

Dog-owners and yoga-lovers have finally found a way to bring their two passions together: doga. Yoga classes for dogs and their owners are sprouting all around the United States, combining massage and meditation techniques with gentle canine and human stretching. Ludicrous or blissfully relaxing? Read more and watch the videos...

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An extreme way to rid yourself of sin…

If you were told that jumping in a lake on a -25°C day was holy, would you take the plunge? That's what 30,000 Moscovites did on Tuesday for the Orthodox celebration of Epiphany. Read more and see the photos...

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Why Tehran can’t help but love Gucci

Four years after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered a strict crackdown on "western fashion", there remains a district of Tehran which the president seems to have forgotten. One of our Observers there explains why Gucci, Versace and Hugo Boss are still standing in the capital. Read more...

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Obese to pay double on Air France

Air giant Air France - KLM announced on Tuesday that obese passengers will have to buy a second seat if they are unable to fit into one with the seat belt done up.

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