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30 April 2016

Iraqi Protestors Storm Parliament; State of Emergency Declared

Hundreds of Iraqi protestors stormed the Parliament building, in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, in protest against a deadlock in approving a new government today. A state of emergency was declared.

27 April 2016

Arrests Add Fuel to Anti-Impunity Protesters’ Fire in Macedonia

"We have shaken the regime! But we must not yield or surrender! The fight is not over! We must go to protests in mass numbers."

22 April 2016

Protests in Macedonia Against the President's Pardon Get a Dose of Color

The movement took on a new name for themselves -- the "Colorful Revolution", a reference to protesters throwing balloons filled with paint.

21 April 2016

Extraordinary Bubble-Like Clouds Blanket the Skies Over Kathmandu

"Incredible cloudscape almost inspired me as an abstract-impressionist-artist. Never saw in my life."

17 April 2016

Ecuadorians Turn to Social Media as Powerful Earthquake Rattles the Country's Coast

"Some of my students there are in shock, they have no strength, they can't even speak [...] They say Pedernales is destroyed."

16 April 2016

Large Earthquakes Continue to Shatter Japan's Western Island of Kyushu

Even more powerful earthquakes have hit a wide area of Kyushu causing widespread damage, and stoking fears of a volcanic eruption.

Thousands Protest in Egypt Calling Upon Sisi to Step Down for “Selling” Islands to Saudi Arabia

"The numbers are increasing to thousands and the roar is getting louder: “People demand to overthrow the regime."

15 April 2016

LGBT Activists Arrested at Bengali New Year March, Later Released

Global Voices Advocacy

Police held five persons for reportedly suspicious behaviour, alleging that they were trying to initiate a "gay rally".

Chacha the Chimp Escaped a Zoo in Japan. Angrily.

An image of an enraged chimp lunges at would-be captors on live TV goes viral.

‘Without Justice, There's No Peace!': Macedonians March Against President's Pardon for Politicians Under Investigation

Several people were injured and a dozen arrested in protests against President Ivanov's amnesty for top politicians allegedly involved in corruption and misuse of power.

7 April 2016

Secular Activist Targeted and Killed in Bangladesh

Global Voices Advocacy

The 28-year-old law student was murdered by three assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 7, 2016. The young man was most likely targeted for his critiques of religious conservatism.

5 April 2016

Bahrain's Formula 1 Grand Prix Ends in Tragedy: Teen Killed in Police Arrest

Behind the fireworks, shiny racing cars and celebrations of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Bahrain, 17-year-old Ali Abdul Ghani was gasping for his last breath.

Chinese Censors Erase #PanamaPapers Evidence From Web

Global Voices Advocacy

The leaked files reveal offshore companies linked to China's top leader, who has vowed to fight "armies of corruption". But most mainland Chinese haven't even heard about them.

3 April 2016

Panama Papers: Huge Leak of Offshore Records Implicates Russian, Ukrainian Presidents

RuNet Echo

An international journalistic investigation based on a massive cache of 11.5 million offshore records uncovers the shady financial dealings of 12 current and former world leaders, including Putin and Poroshenko.

29 March 2016

EgyptAir Hijacking Drama Ends; All Passengers Released

"We can finally celebrate the first Arab Muslim hijacker who is not declared a terrorist but a psychologically unstable person. :) #EgyptAir," tweets Patrick Baz.

EgyptAir Plane on Route to Cairo Hijacked and Diverted to Cyprus

A lone hijacker has reportedly hijacked Egypt Air flight MS181, forcing the flight to be diverted to Larnaca Airport in Cyprus after claiming he was wearing an explosive belt.

25 March 2016

China Shuts Down Communist Party News Site, Arrests 20 Over Call for Xi Jinping's Resignation

Global Voices Advocacy

Though the letter was only online for a few hours, it is viewed as a direct challenge to Xi Jinping's leadership from party insiders.

24 March 2016

Albanian Activists Rally Against a ‘Concrete’ End for Tirana's Last Public Park

"...the voice and perspective raised by numerous civic movements has met with outright arrogance by the Tirana Municipality authorities..."

23 March 2016

BBC Says Russia's ‘Troll Factory’ Faked a Video Showing a US Soldier Shooting at a Quran

RuNet Echo

According to an investigative report by the BBC’s Russian-language service, the footage was actually staged by St. Petersburg’s infamous “troll factory,” the Agency for Internet Studies.

22 March 2016

European Union Signs Controversial Deal to Deport Refugees to Turkey

The EU will turn asylum seekers of all nationalities except Syrian back to Turkey, and accept one Syrian refugee for each refugee turned back.

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