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A show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from our Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris. Saturday at 10.15 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2012-11-27

Anger over France's deportation of a Tunisian man; living in poverty in one of Libya's richest regions; 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: France

We begin today with a video shot on board an airplane. It happened as passengers were getting ready to take off from Lyon on a flight to Tunisia. Two French policemen were escorting a Tunisian who was in France illegally and was being deported. The other passengers didn't like the way the police were treating him, and one of them shot a video. It's been widely shared on Facebook in Tunisia, and many Tunisians are angry. Here's our Observer Ahmed Ben Romdhane.

The police ended taking the man off the plane. A judge sentenced him to 10 months in a French prison - after which he'll be deported again.

 

Story 2: Libya

Next stop Libya. The Brega region in the east is one of the centers of Libya's oil industry - it's home to the country's second-biggest refinery, and a departure point for much of the oil that earns the country its cash. But the people who live in Brega complain that they don't see much of the oil money. Our Observer Moussa El Magherbi takes us on a tour.


Story 3: World

Time now for our weekly roundup of stories and images sent in by our Observers. 

We begin with a video that was shot on the first day of the latest conflict in the Gaza Strip. A group of young Gazans was training in the French sport of parkour, or urban acrobatics. Suddenly, an explosion, then another... But they carry on regardless. This surreal scene hasnow been watched around the world on YouTube. It's a reminder that when wars happen, for many people life goes on.

Next stop Casablanca, in Morocco, and its doctors, who are fed up and on strike. They're angry with their low pay and long hours. Our Observer Karima is an intern. She tells us most public-sector physicians earn just 350 euros a month, and work more than 90 hours a week. That's not enough to keep up with the cost of living, Karima says, and for many doctors, it's not enough for them to afford health insurance for their own families.

Last stop, Russia, and its dangerous roads. A record 28,000 Russians were killed on the roads last year - making driving there three to four times more dangerous than in the UK or France. There are multiple causes.: drunk-driving, badly maintained roads, heavy traffic, and drivers who ignore the rules. Our Observers have a solution - take the train.

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