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Morocco’s gays come out of the shadows

Going against the advice of the authorities, a Moroccan association is organising a conference on homosexuality in Marrakesh. Read more...

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One year later, footage of the crackdown

China has always sworn that it committed no acts of brutality in repressing the March 2008 riots in Tibet. One of our Observers for the region has published images which had not been previously seen of the Chinese police's handling of the Tibetan demonstrators. See the video.

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"Fritzl of Mumbai" arrested

A man arrested on Tuesday has hit the Indian headlines as "the Joseph Fritzl of Mumbai". Under the watch of his wife, the businessman raped his teenage daughter for nine years, apparently following orders from a tantric. Read more...

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The earth seen from a helium balloon

Using only a helium balloon and a simple digital camera, a group of Spanish students have managed to take photos of Earth, from 30,000 metres away. See their photos...

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Pope’s visit to Cameroon only adding to troubles

Benedict XVI's trip to Africa was hoped to bring the pontiff out of a troublesome spot after various recent controversies put him, and the Catholic Church, in it. Things, however, are not going as planned. Between his public denunciation of condom use and questions over the real reasons why Cameroon's President Paul Biya wanted him there, the Pope will certainly not be redeeming himself in Africa. Read more...

World Water Forum in Istanbul - should water be 'privatised'?

Violent protests in Istanbul have resulted in clashes with riot police, arrests and deportations. The protesters are demonstrating against... a seven day forum that aims to address the world's fresh water crisis. Our Observers tell us why not everyone thinks the World Water Forum won't solve the looming global water crisis. Read more...

The 'grass-mud horses' battling internet censors

Chinese web users are demonstrating their ability to get around the automatic internet censorship of taboo words with a hilarious song about a battle between grass-mud horses ("fuck your mother") and river crabs (censors). The song has become so popular that grass-mud horse toys are being sold in shops and even intellectuals are using the fable as a metaphor for the subject. Read more and see the, frankly bizarre, video clip...

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