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Latvia's Soviet ghost town auctioned off to Russian pig farmers

A ghost town in Latvia that hosted giant Soviet radars has been auctioned off to a mysterious Russian investor for more than ten times the asking price. The buyer? A company registered as pig farmers at an address in Samara Oblast, over 2,000 kilometres away. Read more...

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Survivor’s photos of Belgium train crash

At least 20 people are feared dead after two trains collided head-on in Halle (southwest Brussels), at 8.30am this morning. See the first photos uploaded to Twitter.

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Burmese villagers forced to move for a Chinese dam

With permission from the Burmese junta, a Chinese electricity giant is building seven hydro-electric dams in Burma's northern region of Kachin. The biggest of them - the Myitsone Dam - will see the forced displacement of 15,000 people from surrounding villages. Read more...

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Who's missing George Bush?

This billboard appeared alongside a Minneapolis highway at the end of January. Mystified by the unusual ad, locals photographed the billboard and posted the images on Flickr, inciting quite a debate over where it originated from. Read more...

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Islamic Revolution anniversary: liveblogging

Confined to Azadi Square, where Ahmadinejad is giving his speech, the international press is unable to report on the protests going on just a kilometre away. Amateur images however are filtering out of the country; our Observers are updating us on events there. Read more and see the latest clips...

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Mexico's latest saint, not on your calendar

In Mexico, where people have traditionally been devout followers of the Virgin of Guadalupe and the peasant Juan Diego, a new "saint" is quickly growing in popularity. But it's not one you can find in the Catholic pantheon: "Santa Muerte" (Holy Death), as she's known, has a skull's head and a bride's body. Read more..

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How safe are cash machines from hackers?

Tiny hidden cameras, rigged cell phones wired into cash points... These are just some of the sophisticated devices used up by scammers to steal an unsuspecting victim's bank account details. As credit card users become increasingly aware of these hard-to-spot frauds, bloggers are taking to the Internet to alert others of the hidden dangers when at the cash point. Read more...

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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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