'Gollum-like' creature found in Panama

Last week a group of teenagers from the town of Cerro Azul in Panama claimed they across this unidentified creature as they were playing near a lake. The web was abuzz with speculation, but now the mystery is solved. Read more...
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Women can't drive, but children can

Women are strictly forbidden from driving in Saudi Arabia. So you can imagine how Susie, an American expat living in Jeddah, feels when she sees boys barely older than ten cruising at the wheel of their flashy SUVs. Read more…

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Video: ‘Hero’ bricklayer shot to death while tackling metro gunman


When a crazed gunman opened fire in a crowded Mexico city metro station on Saturday, most people bolted for the nearest exit. But not Esteban Cervantes Barrera, who single-handedly tackled the gunman - and died a hero. Read more and watch the video...

Your Observers TV show is back!

After the summer break, the new Observers TV show is back for its fourth edition. Many thanks to all the Observers who participated: Serigne Diagne, Sandra Miller, Ahmed Al-Omran and Serge. Watch the show...

A glaring case of plagiarism on Chinese TV

On August 22, Chinese broadcaster CCTV released “Soul’s Window”, a much-trumpeted “original production” aimed at a child audience. But Web users haven’t fallen for it. Read more…
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Protests resume in Tehran

Tens of thousands of Iranian demonstrators have defied a warning by the authorities not to turn an annual pro-Palestinian rally into street protests against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Clashes involving protesters, security forces and Ahmadinejad supporters have broken out. [Post updated throughout the day] Read more...

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No prison if you kill your daughter in the name of honour

On Tuesday, a Moroccan living in the north of Italy stabbed his 18-year-old daughter to death. His motive - she was going out with a 31-year-old Catholic. This type of "honour killing" was headline news in Italy, but in some countries in North Africa, South Asia and the Middle East, the practice is relatively common. Read more...

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Denmark, where girls are easy and sex unprotected

The following advert was produced by the Danish tourism agency VisitDenmark. After the video had received 800,000 hits in just four days, the agency removed it from YouTube on Monday following complaints that it promoted promiscuity and unprotected sex. Read more and see the video...

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Is Farouk Hosni worthy of leading UNESCO?

UNESCO will choose its new general director this evening. It's Farouk Hosni, Egyptian Culture Minister since 1986, who looks set to succeed Koïchiro Matsuura at the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. But will the man who pledged to "burn" Israeli books really fit the bill? Read more...

The town of eternal stench

When Naples found itself under piles of rubbish early last year, the whole world knew about it. But in comparison with what you're about to see, those rubbish piles no longer look that monstrous. Read more...

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