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Zambian capital uninhabitable after floods

Lusaka has been submerged in floodwater for the past two weeks, leaving hundreds of homes uninhabitable. Six townships in the capital are affected.

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Tehran’s graffiti war

One of the ways Tehran's anti-government "green movement" has been protesting the June election is to spray paint their message in green across the capital. Not impressed, Basij militia members spend their days spray painting over the tags with their own messages, in black. Read more and see the photos...

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"The longest four minutes of my life"

Early Saturday morning, before dawn broke, a massive earthquake of magnitude 8.8  struck off the Chilean coast. Carlos, one of our Observers from Chile, was at his girlfriend's family home in Talca, Maule, one of the regions hardest hit by the quake. He brings us this account. Read more...

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Should teachers be sacked for class lap dance?

Two Canadian teachers who performed a lap dance in front of pupils in Winnipeg have been suspended after a camera phone video of the act was posted on YouTube. Read more and see the clip...

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Can you ban people from going out in pyjamas?

Leaving the house in your pyjamas is nothing unusual in Shanghai, where locals blame their not getting dressed on high temperatures. In May this year however, when Expo 2010 begins in the city, the local authorities are planning to crack down on public pyjama-wearers. The slogan for their campaign: "Be civilized for the Expo, don't wear your pyjamas outdoors". Read more...

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French train operator tells passengers to “look out for Romanians”

French national rail operator SNCF has apologised after the following poster was placed in stations telling employees to be on the lookout for Romanians after a spate of thefts.

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Greek demonstrators say “Plutocracy should pay for the crisis”

Thousands of Greeks have taken to the streets to show their rejection of the government's proposed austerity measures, which are supposed to right the country's flailing economy. Our Observer in Thessaloniki was in the middle of the protest there, along with his camera. Read more and see his photos...

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India’s champion of the poor sparks storm over grandiose handbag statues

The chief minister of India's most populous state is liked by some for being comparatively young, female, and from the country's lowest caste. But recently, she's become better known for using public money to build statues of herself. Holding a handbag. Read more...

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It's a tiger eat man world in the forests of Bangladesh

Thirty people were killed by tigers in Bangladesh last year, and three tigers by people. Keen to preserve the almost-extinct Royal Bengal Tiger, the authorities' advice to people who come under attack is to call the forest ranger, who will arrive with a tranquilizer gun. But that can take up to 12 hours. Read more...

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Gaza, living in the dark

Gaza survives on a minimal amount of electricity, leaving residents without power for the most part of the day. No television is one thing; no street lighting and hospital equipment is another. Read more...

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