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Latest update : 2012-09-12

'Orthodox missionaries' go after Pussy riot supporters, DR Congo’s growing army and more…

This show is made up entirely of amateur images. We've seen time and time again how images captured by ordinary citizens then uploaded onto the Web can change history, or at least shift the balance of power. This week, we take a look back at some of those moments.

Story 1: RUSSIA

We begin today with the world's most famous masked musicians: the women of Pussy Riot, the Russian punk collective who sang an anti-Putin song in a Moscow cathedral. Three of its members are now serving two years in prison. Their case has hit a chord around the world. There were Pussy Riot T-shirts all over eBay within hours of the judgment. The shirts are popular with the band's supporters back in Moscow too. But in Russia, wearing a Pussy Riot T-shirt can get you in trouble. Here's our Observer Denis.

 

Story 2: DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo now - the former Zaire. The army there is facing a rebellion in the East, and they've started a recruitment campaign to get fresh soldiers in their ranks. It's uphill work, because salaries are low, and the army doesn't have the best reputation. That is not stopping young men from signing up.

 

Story 3: WORLD

Now for our weekly roundup of other stories and pictures sent in by our Observers.

First stop, the chillest favela in Rio. It's called Vila Autodromo. Home to more than 3,000 people, it's known for its laid-back, get-along atmosphere, its broad streets and solid houses... a far cry from the crime-and-drug stereotype of a favela. But it could be under threat. The favela is near the site of the 2016 Olympics, so it's caught the eye of real-estate developers. City authorities are making noises about unsanitary conditions. The residents - like our Observer Jane - are worried they might be forced to relocate. So they've come up their own development plan, which they say would cost the city less than finding them new homes.

Now the West African country of Togo, where women are being encouraged to use sex as a political weapon. An opposition group is urging them to stop sleeping with their men for one week, as a protest against the rule of President Faure Gnassingbe. Here, they seem to be using sex in another way - to taunt police at a demonstration.

We finish today with a challenge for speedy drivers, courtesy of Omid Habibinia in Iran. Take a look at this traffic light. It's in the city of Qazvin, north of Teheran. It's red... red... red... then green... and that's it. You try getting through in less than 2 seconds.

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