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Latest update : 2013-04-23

Yemeni soldiers mutiny over pay, Greeks fight gold mine, 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: Yemen

We begin today in Yemen, on the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula. The country has one of the most heavily armed populations in the world. So when a group of soldiers tried to strongarm the local population in the southern city of Radah, they should have known better. The soldiers were angry that their salaries hadn't been paid, so to put pressure on the government, they tried to force the locals to go on strike. "No", said the locals... who instead came out en masse armed with their private rocket launchers and machine guns.

Yemen is one of 15 countries where there are more than 30 guns for every 100 residents. The clear leader, however, is the United States, with 88 guns for every 100 residents - that's almost one each.

 

Story 2: Greece

Now to Greece, the village of Ierissos in the north. Residents have for years been battling the expansion of a nearby gold and copper mine owned by a company from Canada. Things became even more tense recently when two locals were arrested, accused of an arson attack two months earlier. The village has rallied behind them, with barricades and demonstrations. Maria Kadoglou is on the front lines.

 

Story 3: World

Now for our weekly roundup of other reports and images sent in by our Observers.

We begin in Paris, at the Gare du Nord railway station. These pictures were filmed by one of our Observers from Congo-Brazzaville in Central Africa. He was offered cash by a man in return for going to cheer his president, Denis Sasso-Nguesso, when he arrived in Paris for a visit in April. The NGO Survival says this kind of paid support is common practice for the presidents of several African countries.

Next up, the dangerous sport of rowing, here seen on the Missouri River in the USA. This team was surprised by a swarm of fish - jumping Asian carp. This species is considered invasive in the US, an unwanted import from China. It's also a species that reacts to sharp sounds - such as oars hitting water - by throwing itself as much as two metres in the air.

Finally today, gratitude from the country of Mali to France's president, François Hollande. He sent troops to get Islamist rebels out of the country, and now he's being thanked for it. The latest tribute: a nightclub in the city of Sikasso, renamed in his honour. That's not the only thing getting his name... More and more babies are being christened "Hollande".

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