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Cheating and sacking push New Caledonia to boiling point

Twenty seven policemen were injured yesterday when protests by pro-independence activists turned violent in the French overseas territory of New Caledonia. Our Observers in the capital of Nouméa describe the chaos. Read more and see the pictures...

No dogs, no farmers…

A blogger from Jilin province came across this shocking image on display outside a shopping centre in the town of Changchun. Discrimination plain and clear? Oh no, says the mall. Read their excuses...

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Desperate house sellers

Don't bother with doing up your kitchen and painting the front door anymore - just be honest, cut the price in half, maybe throw in a speedboat for free, or tie a donkey up outside to get some attention. Read more...

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A "personal friend" of George Bush at the head of NATO

A backer of the Iraq invasion, a defender of the infamous Danish cartoons, a "personal friend" of former US president George W. Bush... and now, the secretary-general of NATO. Is Anders Fogh Rasmussen really the right man to lead the Atlantic Alliance? Our Danish Observers react. Read more...

Why Brasilia residents surround their homes with 8,000 volts of electricity

Brazil gets a bad rap when it comes to violent crime. Until recently however, the capital city of Brasilia had managed to keep up a decent reputation. Not anymore. One of our Observers in the city says the proof is in the security; electric fences around homes, private surveillance systems.... Brasilia's wealthy residents are clearly not taking any chances. Read more...

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Your favourite holiday photos (part one)

It's holiday time Observers! That's why we're taking a little break from international affairs in offering you an assortment of the best holiday snaps posted on Flickr, compiled by our team. See more...

"Obama the African witch doctor"

This image was sent to fellow anti-health reform campaigners by Florida neurosurgeon Dr. David McKalip. So why, if their argument draws on such crass resources, are anti-reformers succeeding in their attempt to stop Obama from implementing a comprehensive health plan in the US? Read more...

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Unrest in South African shanty towns – ready to host the World Cup?

Protests over living conditions in South African shanty towns turned violent on Wednesday when discontented slum dwellers around the country clashed with police forces. Similar outbursts last year resulted in over 70 deaths when rioters also targeted foreigners from neighbouring countries; a cause for concern for the hundreds of thousands of World Cup fans planning to travel to the country in a year's time. Read more...

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Really want to lose weight? Join Flickr…

Unlike all the fad diets, pills and electronic toners, there's a new way to lose weight that actually works, doesn't cost anything, and doesn't involve going to the doctor. It's called Flickr, the photo sharing website. Read more...

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