In Naples, reporters have to wear helmets on New Year's Eve

In Italy it's tradition to fire into the air on New Year's Eve. A custom that left one man dead this year when a 25-year-old was accidentally shot in the head. A Naples journalist was reporting the celebrations on Sunday. The scene is quite comical. See the video...


The most striking amateur images from 2008

Team Observers has made a selection of the best videos, photos and Observers' accounts of 2008. Vote for your favourites.


Best amateur videos of 2008

We've selected what we think are the best amateur videos published on The Observers in 2008. Vote for the one that impressed you most.


Funniest videos of 2008

We've selected a few of the videos that made us laugh in 2008. Watch the videos and vote for your favourite...


The Israeli Army shows off its target skills on YouTube

Israel's war against Hamas is being drawn out on the internet as well as on the ground. The Israeli Army has just launched a YouTube channel to house videos of its aerial attacks - which happen to be perfectly targeted. A shocking measure? Read more and see the videos...

Sci-fi tanks meet prehistoric rockets in Gaza

While Hamas is throwing rockets by hand, the Israel military is unveiling high-tech weaponry like the new "Iron Fist", capable of exploding a missile before it has even reached its target. Will technology make all the difference in Gaza? Read more...

Is the Israeli intervention justified?

The Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, launched this weekend, has already killed over 300 Palestinians - some of them members of Hamas, others, civilians. Our Observers, from Gaza to Jerusalem, tell us about the escalating violence and question the legitimacy of the attack. Read more and see the amateur images...

Ahmadinejad takes the Queen's throne on British TV

In an original take on Britain's traditional Christmas speech from the Queen, Britain's Channel 4 decided to ask Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to convey a message instead. Presented as an "alternative view" by the channel and received as an example of freedom of speech by many, the UK government, on the other hand, has condemned the speech. Read more...

Evicting tenants by loudspeaker

Imagine receiving threats all day long, through a loudspeaker. That's daily life for residents of a town in northeast China, where the authorities are trying everything to get rid of them. Read more and hear it for yourself...


Good behaviour guide for U.S. soldiers

American soldiers can now get closer to their Iraqi and Afghani neighbours before their feet hit the ground. With virtual teachers, soldiers learn the lingo and the local customs at the same time... in a virtual game. Read more...