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How I unraveled an African statue hoax

If there was a ranking of the craziest Internet swindles, this one might just win first place. A week ago, I got a call from a stranger who tried to convince me to buy a collection of small statues in order to save a village in northern Gabon. I smelled a rat, but, intrigued, decided to play along...

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Gaza offensive: Palestinians react on social networking sites

 
It’s a sign of the times: never before had the start of a military operation been announced on Twitter, until the Israeli Army decided to do just that when it attacked Gaza on Wednesday. Ever since, the Army’s communications department has been tweeting and uploading videos onto YouTube non-stop. Hamas activists also have been reacting on the Internet, but to a far lesser degree. Just as with the armed conflict, it seems the two sides are not fighting on a level playing field. Read more...
 
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Mysterious “Qatari billionaire” hands out cash and cars in Paris

 
Once upon a time, there was a man who called himself Abdel Wassim El Whani, who claimed to be a Qatari billionaire. Whani rose to the height of Internet fame after he was filmed handing out piles of cash and fancy cars in the streets of Paris. However, no one, not even the Qatari authorities in France, seem to know who he really is. Read more…
 

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Live from the “March of Millions” in Moscow

 
Tens of thousands of people marched in the streets of Moscow to protest against Vladimir Putin’s presidency. The participants in this “March of Millions”, which was authorised by the city, were met with a heavy police presence. Follow the liveblog...
 
 
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Live blog: Syria

 
Syria's fragile UN-brokered ceasefire will be put to the test as it enters a second day on Friday after opponents to President Bashar al-Assad's regime called for mass demonstrations, labelling the day “A revolution for all Syrians”. Follow our live blog...
 
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Tunisian newspaper publishes photoshopped image of protests

 
Between 8,000 and 10,000 people protested in the streets of Tunis Saturday to denounce extremism and violence. But apparently that number wasn’t big enough for some. On its front page, the daily newspaper Le Maghreb published a photograph photoshopped to add more protesters to the crowd. Read more...

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#BackToBenAli: Live twitter feed looks back at Ben Ali’s final days in power

 
From January 9-14, FRANCE 24’s Observers Team will launch a live twitter feed in memory of the historic week that led to former Tunisian president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s downfall. Follow our live Twitter feed...
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Tunisia’s online community pokes fun at US, France with #trolling campaign

 
After instigating a popular uprising against former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali earlier this year, Tunisia’s Internet community have now turned their sights to a new online activity – “trolling”. Read more…
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