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China’s latest debate: the story of the Nanking massacre told by "Japanese Schindler"

Despite its popularity in Chinese cinemas, the director of a film which attempts to deal with "The Rape of Nanking" - the 1937 Japanese massacre in China's former capital - has come under fire on the Chinese web, for his apparent compassion with the Japanese soldiers. Read more and see the trailer...

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'Playing for Change': buskers worldwide unite for peace

Can music bring together the entire human race? That's the belief of "Playing For Change", a group of young Americans who travel the world recording buskers, amateur choirs and singers of every nationality, and then put them on the same record. Read more and see the videos...

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9/11 déjà vu: "It's a hijacking, I know it!"

New Yorkers were scared out of their wits on Monday evening when two low-flying planes approached the city's landmarks. The planes were not, however, under the control of terrorist hijackers as suspected, but merely taking part in a presidential plane photo shoot. Who would have thought it?! Not the local residents, as they received absolutely no forewarning from the government. See the videos...

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A mother’s dilemma

In the early stages of her pregnancy, Canadian blogger Myah Walker was confronted with a mother's worst nightmare. Doctors told her that the baby had only a partially formed brain, and would likely die before birth or shortly afterwards; a condition called anencephaly. She refused abortion. And despite the odds, her baby is still alive two months after she was born. Read more...

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Sinhalese find strength in a "lovers' story" while troops press on with offensive

Unusual to see a soldier performing a love song on stage at a time of war, but according to one of our Sinhalese Observers, it's a useful moral booster as the Sri Lankan Army battles through what it says are the last days of its bloody offensive against the cornered Tamil Tigers. Read more and see the clip...

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Durban II racism conference: Elie Wiesel branded a 'Zio-Nazi'

The Durban II anti-racism conference was far from smooth running. The latest incident came on Tuesday, when  Elie Wiesel, an Israeli Nobel Peace Prize laureaute and Holocaust survivor, found himself surrounded by members of the Iranian delegation, who chanted "Zio-Nazi" at him. Read more and see the video...

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Palestinian man killed by teargas canister

A Palestinian man died on Friday after he was hit in the chest by a teargas canister launched by an Israeli soldier. The scene was filmed by a protester. Read more and see the video...

Why Keira Knightley taking a beating is a good thing

No matter how successful and confident you are, anybody can be a victim of domestic violence. Singer Rihanna proved that in February. Now it's British actress Keira Knightely's turn. Luckily, she's only acting. Nonetheless the ad has caused quite a shock. But it is it realistic? A domestic violence aid worker tells us more. Read more and see the ad...

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A practical joke that will steer you clear of fast-food… forever

These videos show Domino's Pizza staff doing revolting things to food being prepared for delivery. Posted online on Monday, the clips have led to the pair being sacked and facing felony charges, a fast-food giant in a PR crisis, and a million sickened viewers. Revolting indeed, but according to our Observer, a former McDonald's employee, the incident is not something that happens everyday. Read more and see the videos...

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Thaksin unintentionally suggests red shirts are paid to cause havoc

This video is supposed proof that the "red shirts" rioting in support for exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra are being paid to cause havoc. Is it a misunderstanding, a fake, or a major boo boo on the part of the opposition leader? Our Observers have their own theories. Read more and see the slip-up...

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