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The "betel nut beauties" of Taiwan

Daylight prostitution in Taipei? Nope. Just some scantily clad Taiwanese girls selling drinks, cigarettes and nuts to passing car drivers. Read more...

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What’s Ramadan like in your country?

The month of Ramadan starts tomorrow (22 August). We asked our Observers from Algeria to Iraq to tell us what goes on in their country. Read more and take part in the post...

Women-only beach “an oasis of calm”

Ladies, are you dreaming of a beach void of men? Well dream no more. Just make your way to Pedocin, Italy. Read more...

Britney Spears to vote in Afghanistan

Afghanistan heads to the polls today. The event however, is likely to be tarnished by election fraud. To prove just how easy it is to buy a fake voting card, one Afghan thought it amusing to get one in the name of... Britney Spears. Read more...

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Concealing satellite dishes in China

Satellite dishes are banned in China in order to prevent Chinese people from watching foreign TV channels. Not that it stops them. Read more...

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Naming and shaming shoplifters with CCTV footage – legal?

In an attempt to crack down on shoplifters, a UK storeowner has begun posting CCTV images of suspected thieves on the company's website, along with the incentive of a 500-pound (€580) reward for those who successfully identify thieves. On Saturday, the scheme claimed its first victim. But is it legal? Not entirely, a lawyer explains to us. Read more...

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Who wants you to see these torture videos?

Blogger Wael Abbas has published footage of a man being tortured in what he says is an Egyptian police station. The horrific scenes seem not to have greatly shocked the Egyptian public. Our Observers there, however, are asking why, and for whom, these images were filmed. Please be aware that this post includes images which you may find upsetting. Read more...

Spot the imposter...

This squirrel is an Internet superstar. He was recently seen having a cuddle on Vladimir Putin's knee, sitting on a golf course with Tiger Woods, and even stepping on the moon. Read more...

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IDF fails to contain rumour of kidnapped soldier

On Thursday evening we were alerted to a story about an Israeli soldier having been kidnapped near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport. Details of the incident were published online in an article by the Jerusalem Post. But a few minutes after it was published, the story was removed from the website. Read more...

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