Lt Clay Higgins: 'Cajun John Wayne' calls out criminals

  • 31 July 2015

A Louisiana police officer has found fame for videos in which he identifies the area's criminals and calls on them to turn themselves in.

The videos are shown on local news but draw a wider audience thanks to YouTube.

On the St Landry Parish Sheriff Office's Facebook page, Lt Clay Higgins does not shy away from confronting his critics.

His latest appeal to a supermarket burglar garnered him 1.3 million views on YouTube.

Produced by Franz Strasser.

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'Nazis secretly eat falafel': German town's pro-refugee posters

  • 30 July 2015
A poster reading 'Nazis secretly eat falael'
The poster reads "Nazis secretly eat falafel"

In response to a wave of recent anti-refugee protests across Germany, a political activist placed pro-refugee posters at bus stops in the small town of Freital, sparking a debate online.

The messages were a mixture of serious and tongue-in-cheek, written in both English and German: "Refugees welcome", "Nobody is illegal" and "Nazis secretly eat falafel". They were posted by an anti-racist campaigner who runs a Facebook page called Dies Irae, which translates as Day of Wrath.

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How the internet descended on the man who killed Cecil the lion

  • 29 July 2015
A parody Twitter account for Walter Palmer's dental practice has been set up to mock the dentist
A parody Twitter account has been set up to mock Mr Palmer

Social-media users have gone into overdrive in an attempt to shame the man who has admitted to killing Cecil the lion.

There was a global outcry when Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, admitted to killing Zimbabwe's most famous lion on a hunting trip. He has now been swamped with abuse and dark humour from web users around the world.

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'You stink': The fight to get rubbish off Beirut's streets

  • 28 July 2015

The stench rising from rubbish piled up on the streets of Beirut, the Lebanese capital, has become so bad that an online campaign telling the government "You Stink" is now trending online.

Imagine the stench of 20,000 tonnes of rubbish on the streets during the hottest time of the year. That's exactly what the residents of Beirut have been living with for more than a week.

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#TheEmptyChair moves discussion beyond Cosby

  • 28 July 2015
Bottom half of New York Magazine cover

New York Magazine's latest cover features 35 of Bill Cosby's 46 accusers - women, each seated, who say the comedian drugged, assaulted and in many cases raped them.

It is a stark visual representation of a "sorrowful sisterhood," as one of the accusers called it.

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Why are some jokes being hidden on Twitter?

  • 27 July 2015
A tweet by @runologan reading 'Saw someone spill their high end juice cleanse all over the sidewalk and now I know god is on my side'

Joke thieves beware. Twitter has removed several humorous tweets that appear to plagiarise other people's work, on copyright grounds.

Comedians have long been frustrated at hearing their jokes retold, without attribution. But now Twitter appears to be offering them a way of fighting back - and claiming their words as their own.

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Fat and fit: The plus-size model and the running magazine

  • 27 July 2015
Women's Running August cover

Women's Running magazine featured plus-size model Erica Schenk running on its August cover. The shot started a conversation about what it means to be athletic.

The image marked a departure for the athletic US magazine genre, which usually portrays ultra-fit models who represent an "aspirational" ideal.

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Japanese comics that are too racy for Chinese censors... but still popular online

  • 27 July 2015
Despite a ban, Chinese Weibo users are continuing to share images and ways to read and watch the popular "Death Note" series
Despite a ban, Chinese Weibo users are continuing to share images and ways to read and watch the popular "Death Note" series

A Japanese comic is one of the biggest topics on social media in China - despite a government ban on the series.

The series Death Note follows the story of a young student named Light Yagami who discovers a notebook with a sinister power. If a name is written on the pages of this notebook, that person will die.

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Brass bands, doughnut licking - and other trends of the week

  • 26 July 2015

What happened when a cancer patient in Wisconsin walked out of her last chemotherapy session? And how were people showing support for singer and actress Ariana Grande?

The answers to those questions and more in our video round-up of trends of the week - in just one minute (well, more or less).

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Twitter users react after Sandra Bland's death

  • 24 July 2015
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Twitter and Tumblr users are sharing what they want others to know #IfIDieInPoliceCustody after the death of 28-year-old Sandra Bland in a Texas jail.

Bland was found dead in her jail cell three days after being pulled over for failing to indicate a lane change. An autopsy found that Bland had taken her own life, but her family insists she would not have killed herself and state officials and the FBI are investigating.

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