"Obama the African witch doctor"

This image was sent to fellow anti-health reform campaigners by Florida neurosurgeon Dr. David McKalip. So why, if their argument draws on such crass resources, are anti-reformers succeeding in their attempt to stop Obama from implementing a comprehensive health plan in the US? Read more...

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Unrest in South African shanty towns – ready to host the World Cup?

Protests over living conditions in South African shanty towns turned violent on Wednesday when discontented slum dwellers around the country clashed with police forces. Similar outbursts last year resulted in over 70 deaths when rioters also targeted foreigners from neighbouring countries; a cause for concern for the hundreds of thousands of World Cup fans planning to travel to the country in a year's time. Read more...

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Really want to lose weight? Join Flickr…

Unlike all the fad diets, pills and electronic toners, there's a new way to lose weight that actually works, doesn't cost anything, and doesn't involve going to the doctor. It's called Flickr, the photo sharing website. Read more...

The Bangladeshi way of watching a solar eclipse

Bangladeshi photojournalist Monirul Alam sent us this photo, which he took this morning (July 22) on Patla Khan Lane in Old Dhaka. A Bangladeshi woman is trying to watch the solar eclipse the traditional way. "We use a plate with some water in it in order to protect our eyes." More eclipse...

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Walled cities of the world

It'd be so nice if it was true, but the fact is it isn't: the first settlements - before the Bronze Age, before the Iron Age, probably even prior to the Stone Age - didn't happen because folks liked each other's company. As the old saying goes: safety in numbers ... and fortifications. Read more...

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Scene from a war film? No, a protest in Tehran...

This footage was filmed by residents on a balcony in Tehran. In the street directly below, the police shoot down a protestor. Watch the video...

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An illegal immigrant expelled “like a dog”

Lamine Mbengue was waiting for his transfer plane in Madrid airport when he witnessed an illegal immigrant being tied up by the police and forced onto a plane bound for Dakar. The scene shocked him so much that he took out his digital camera and recorded it. Now, the images are making their way round the world. Read more and see the video...

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Why they're chanting “Death to Russia!” in Tehran

Thousands of opposition supporters gathered for Friday Prayers in Tehran last week. Most of the slogans on show were anti-Ahmadinejad, but there were also, strangely, many people demonstrating against Putin and Medvedev's Russia. Read more...

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Burning car rescue caught on camera

This is the raw footage of a woman and her two young children being rescued from a burning car by off-duty firefighters. See the video...

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“Punk’s not dead, it’s just under police surveillance”

One of our Observers in Russia, blogger Sean Guillory, has made us aware of an unusual addition to the country's "extremist" list. The authorities have added none other than, punks, to their blacklist. Read more...

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