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Trinidad & Tobago Shaken—and Stirred—by Strong Earthquake

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:41:34 +0000

Trinidad and Tobago lies along a major earthquake fault line, so the tremor wasn't all that surprising -- but netizens still saw humour in the midst of an unnerving experience.

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Egyptian Authorities Are Using Travel Bans to Crack Down on Human Rights Activists

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:27:17 +0000

"The government has been working for the last two years on restructuring the legislative system to violate the constitution. Even in the time of Mubarak we didn’t see this."

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Report Shows Ghana's Opposition Presidential Candidate Leads in Facebook Likes, Incumbent President Leads in Twitter Followers

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:25:22 +0000

"[T]he report has shown that social media has become a normal and central form of communication for all segments of the population, particularly, political parties and their leaders..."

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Australians Ask: Have We Lost the War on Drugs?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:10:19 +0000

The Greens leader's call to decriminalise recreational drugs has many supporters in Australia.

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Russian Blogger Launches Campaign to Annul Anti-Extremism Law He Was Convicted of Violating

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:20:07 +0000

Blogger Anton Nossik wants to annul Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code, a catch-all statute that prohibits "ctions aimed at the incitement of hatred or enmity."

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Sleeping or Dead – Part 5: This Farce Called a Homeland

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:51:50 +0000

"You’re lucky, as some were transferred out today, before we had shifts for standing and sitting....we are managing by squatting and sleeping on each others’ shoulders.”

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Fake News, Peaceful Voting and Other Things on Ghanaians’ Minds Ahead of Elections

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:09:07 +0000

"Friendly reminder that clever retorts on social media, passion, facts & figures won't be counted. Your vote will. Go & vote! "

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A Major Leak Exposes How Chinese Loan Sharks Make Female Debtors Take Nude Selfies

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 02:44:58 +0000

Taking nude photos in exchange for a loan may seem bizarre, but that's exactly what's happening in China. A major online leak has cracked the scheme wide open.

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Filipino Activists Hold Solidarity Fast in Support of Political Prisoners

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:53:58 +0000

"They are persons caring for the marginalized sectors of the society but they were jailed for trumped up charges."

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Vietnamese Court Upholds Jail Sentence for Land Rights Activist

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:11:46 +0000

"The Vietnamese government should urgently amend the land law and its grievance processes to protect farmers’ rights."

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Chapecoense Club Tragedy Brings Back Memories of Plane Crash with Peruvian Football Team, Alianza Lima

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:57:45 +0000

In the wake of the plane crash involving members of the Brazilian football club Chapecoense, Peruvian fans remember what happened to Alianza Lima football club in December 1987.

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Russian Media Regulator Backpedals on Google Pressure

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:47:00 +0000

Hours after Russian news outlets began reporting that state media regulatory agency Roskomnadzor had issued instructions forcing Google to re-register in Russia or face sanctions, an agency representative backpedaled, telling that Izvestiya, the newspaper that broke the news, had misreported the story. Izvestiya quoted Vadim Ampelonsky in their initial report as saying that...

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Macedonian Election Campaign Started with Attempt of Identity Theft on Opposition Party

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:40:37 +0000

Upcoming parliamentary elections in Macedonia began with electioneering campaign tactics that were suspiciously sneaky.

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A Bangladeshi Railway Employee Saves a Man, Finally Gets Recognition

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:35:54 +0000

"The world seems better and nicer because of acts of a few brave and earnest people. My respect to Gateman Billal for his act of humanity."

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A Decades-Long ‘Conversation’ Between Yugoslav and Polish Rockers

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:05:42 +0000

Rock music available online shows how a peculiar bridge, bringing the people of former Yugoslavia and Poland closer together, developed over the last four decades.

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