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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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Ten years after Copenhagen, will they be sorry?

Go through arrivals at Copenhagen airport and you're in for a fright. Since Wednesday, travellers have been greeted by a picture of Barack Obama - only ten years older. So what's the aged US president got to apologise for? Not tackling climate change at the upcoming UN summit, according to Greenpeace. Are Obama, Sarkozy and other world leaders doing enough? Or will they regret it in ten years' time? Read more...

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Brazil’s other Olympic Games

Xikunahity (football played with the head). Image: Wagner Meier on Flickr

While Rio de Janeiro was still in raptures over its selection for the 2016 Olympic Games, 3,000 kilometres north of the city, in the Amazon basin, another sporting competition was taking place. This one, with barely a journalist in sight. Welcome to the Indigenous Peoples' Games. Read more...
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In Dubai, women prefer fast cars to knitting

Seeing a veiled woman at the wheel of a racing car might seem unlikely in a Muslim country. But just next door to Saudi Arabia - where women are banned from driving - a group of women has set up a club devoted to all things auto. Read more...

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Robin Hood returns… in Dubai

The poor of Dubai, which today fell further into economic crisis, have never experienced the luxuries the state is renowned for. But every year during the Islamic festival of sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, one man, who has christened himself "The Robin Hood of the United Arab Emirates", tries to share some of the country's wealth with them. Read more...

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