August 18th, 2010
11:32 AM ET

World WebPulse: Australia election, Anelka, Fiona Coyne

Here's a look at some of the stories that are popular on Twitter, Google and other news and social media sites around the world.

French footballer speaks out: After France's dismal performance on and off the field at this summer's World Cup, many of the team's players were punished. On Tuesday, striker Nicolas Anelka - whose expulsion from the tournament in June sparked a revolt by his teammates - was suspended for 18 international games. "Nicolas Anelka" was a popular search on Google this morning because the French player had some choice words about his punishment. He said the people who punished him were "clowns" and that he is "dying from laughter" because of the suspension.

Australia election: As Australia's voters prepare to pick a prime minister on Saturday, the campaign is a hot topic on Twitter. Several terms related to the election were trending topics on Twitter. #Ausvotes is the main hashtag people are using to tweet about the election.

One interesting election discussion centered on a fake campaign ad for the Greens Party that was produced as part of a TV show about political advertising called Gruen Nation. The ad, which you can watch on YouTube here, was so popular online that the party wanted to use it as an official campaign commercial. But ABC, the network that airs the show, refused because allowing the ad to be used would make it seem like the network was picking sides, according to a spokeswoman.

Fiona Coyne: When a celebrity or famous person passes away, it's always a popular topic on Twitter. In the UK, the name "Fiona Coyne" is a trending topic on Twitter. Coyne is the host of the South African version of the quiz show "The Weakest Link." She was found dead in her home in Cape Town on Wednesday, according to media in South Africa.

What's amazing is how much Coyne resembles Anne Robinson, who hosted the British and American version of The Weakest Link. On Twitter, Katlego Lekalakala memorialized Coyne by writing: "Fiona Coyne British, sarcastic & witty! She will be missed! #RIP"

What's your take on these stories? What else should we be paying attention to? Post a comment and let us know.

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  1. reaper

    August 18, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. urdead2me

    RIP – Fiona Coyne, 46, was the weakest link. The host of the South African version of the popular BBC quiz show left two suicide notes. One for her mom. One for the maid. Goodbye.

    August 19, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |