Flood victims swept away in “a year’s worth of rainfall”

Taiwan has been hit hard by Typhoon Morakot. Fourteen are dead, 51 officially missing, and hundreds more unaccounted for. Bridges and even damns have been swept away by "unseen" amounts of rainfall, displacing over a million people. A meteorologist visiting the country filmed the following footage on his camera. Read his account...

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Twitter under cyber attack, Russia suspected

Twitter came under an unprecedented cyber-attack on Thursday night, which blocked some 17 million subscribers from accessing the micro-blogging platform. Clues on the origins of the attack suggest the Russian-Georgian conflict may have spilled over into the social networking site. Read more...

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Egypt's most wanted dog

Egyptians are not amused by “I love you, Man” (Paramount Pictures), the latest summer comedy to come from across the Atlantic. The reason: the main character’s dog is named after the country's former president, Anwar Sadat. Read more…

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"Ambient adverts" gaining ground... literally

Paint pouring out of the walls, a drain that becomes a steaming cup of coffee... You may have seen adverts like this in your city or received them by email. It's a new form of advertising which is trying to look not too much like an advert. See the most innovative examples from around the world...

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The circus: paradise for children, hell for animals

Animal rights association Peta has released candid camera footage filmed behind the scenes at the US's biggest circus, the Ringling Brothers Circus. The video proves that, behind the glitter, the animals are in for a rough ride. Read more and see the video...

Islamic sect leader filmed in custody before his killing

This video shows Nigerian Islamist militant Mohammed Yusuf just before he was handed over to the police. Hours later, he died. The footage of the sect leader being interrogated by the army strongly implies that the he was not killed in battle, as initially reported by the authorities. Watch the video…

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Vuvuzela: the trumpet of discontent

Around a metre long and able to produce a bellowing and enduring screech, the plastic horn that can be heard at every football match in South Africa is facing extinction after the emergence of a movement to ban it at the 2010 World Cup. Read more...

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The arrested protester that got away

As Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received the official endorsement of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday, the crackdown on opposition protesters continued in the streets of Tehran. Our Iranian Observers tell us that the police are still arresting demonstrators. One, however, already handcuffed, managed to escape. See the footage...

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Gay community reeling after homophobic shooting

Two people were killed and 13 injured on Saturday night when a masked man opened fire in a refuge for gay people in Tel Aviv. The attack has stunned the gay community there, leading to a mass movement both in the city and on the Net. Read more...

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...

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