Stories about English from November, 2015
With the lack of accountability shown by the government, a move towards more stringent controls of the Internet is worrying for the state of free expression in the country.
"This is a way of openly calling for persecution and lynching of individual journalists and directly puts their safety at risk"
"We have lost a very important lawyer who gave all his life to peace and the human rights struggle. Please get to know him better and do not forget him."
You already need a passport to buy a prepaid SIM-card in Russia, but regulators want to further restrict SIM-card sales, citing security reasons and the increasing "terrorist threat."
Hip hop artist René Pérez has lent his voice to numerous causes over the years, such as the release of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.
"This hands the police a powerful weapon, allowing it to decide what can and cannot be categorized as hate speech, and is absolutely problematic and dangerous."
As the Moscow-Ankara standoff continues, the small countries in the pair's respective spheres of influence have tough choices to make.
Tanzania's President John Magufuli's radical measures to save money have led to a humorous trending hashtag, #WhatWouldMagufuliDo.
Analysis indicates the retweet and favorite counts of some of Russia's top news agencies are seemingly being artificially inflated by hundreds of Twitter bots.
"More than needing sympathy, those experiencing family violence need well funded services, decent housing, strong social welfare"
Earlier this month, just a day after the new Polish government was sworn in, President Duda made the controversial decision to pardon Mariusz Kamiński, a member of Duda's former party.
"Lost in all the celebrations...is the fact that FGM is not banned in The Gambia, at least not yet. There is no enforceable law on the books"
Many expected officials to strike down a 2013 law banning "gay propaganda," but they didn't. A new proposal, meanwhile, is an even more glaring affront to Russians' fundamental rights.
The government lifted the ban for 240 publications but 17 titles remain prohibited for being obscene or contrary to public interest.
The Commonwealth youth leaders meeting in Malta want their governments to walk the talk.
"We bleat about the West callously turning back refugees while we sit in abject silence at continued Ahmadi persecution in Pakistan."
"Sixty-five years ago, a plate of fried rice with egg changed the fate of China. We would have become North Korea without this dish (although the two are becoming alike)."
It is not clear whether the government has blocked the Facebook portal or banned the use of Facebook altogether.
Russian Internet users are getting quite inventive about conveying to Turkey how they feel about an attack on a Sukhoi Su-24 jet earlier this week.
"I feel an enormous sadness, a profound anger and unspeakable shame to live in a such negligent and irresponsible country."