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· April, 2015

Stories about Breaking News from April, 2015

30 April 2015

At Least 30 People Killled After Heavy Rains in Chile

Yemen's Catastrophic Infographics Highlight Tragedy in Numbers

Under the hashtag #YemenInNumbers, Yemeni student Ruba Aleryani has creatively presented Yemen's catastrophe in eye catching and simple infographics. Noon Arabia shares this selection of tweets which highlight the tragedy.

29 April 2015

Chernobyl Is Burning, But Who's to Blame?

RuNet Echo

As first responders fought the wildfire near the Chernobyl exclusion zone in Ukraine, panic and the conspiracy theories bloomed fast on social networks.

28 April 2015

#NepalQuake: A Tale of Personal and National Tragedy

The Bridge

The scale of the April 25 earthquake in Nepal has meant that remote communities like Narayan Adhikari's home village have been among the hardest hit, but are still awaiting aid.

26 April 2015

‘There Is a Word Missing in the History of the Armenian Genocide: Justice’

Only five Latin American countries have recognized the Armenian genocide, among them Argentina, where a journalist tells the story of her grandparents harrowing escape.

Social Media Becomes a Lifeline in the Nepal Earthquake Aftermath

A spontaneous global social network is now building data collection to provide key support to people back in Nepal and are calling for action.

Nepal Earthquake: People Around the World Scramble Online to Find Loved Ones

Many around the world and in Nepal are desperately trying to reach loved ones through social media.

22 April 2015

Photos Show Homes, Schools, Bridges, Airports, and Stadiums Destroyed in Yemen War

Besides private homes, five hospitals, 15 schools, the three main national airports, and some power stations have been destroyed.

‘We Want Answers': Mexico’s Federal Police Accused of Massacre at Apatzingán

An investigative report debunks the Mexican government's version of a shooting in January. "Friendly fire" among civilians didn't leave 16 people dead. Federal police firing into a downtown plaza did.

21 April 2015

Saudi Arabia Announces End of Airstrikes on Yemen

Saudi Arabia announced today that it is ending its airstrikes on Yemen after “achieving its military goals.” Netizens have started a countdown and bombs continue to fall

Egypt Sentences Former President Morsi to 20 Years in Prison for “Intimidation and Violence” towards Protestors

Egypt sentenced its first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison today, found “guilty of intimidation and violence” towards protestors in 2012.

Electricity, Food and Fuel Shortages Increase Suffering of Yemenis as Saudi-Coalition Bombs Continue to Fall

Even before this war, Yemen was facing a large-scale humanitarian crisis: 15.9 million people – or 61 per cent of its people required humanitarian aid at the end of 2014.

Syrian Blogger Stabbed in His Istanbul Home After Receiving Threats Online

Threatened online by different Syrian factions, Global Voices author Asaad Hanna was last night stabbed four times in his home in Istanbul, Turkey. He is now recovering.

20 April 2015

The ‘Beauty’ of Russian Homophobia

RuNet Echo

Titled "Beautiful People and What They Say to Me," LGBT rights activist Lena Klimova posted photos of individuals in their everyday lives, and the threatening messages they’ve sent her online.

Lesbian Fleeing Persecution in Cameroon Finally Receives Asylum in Spain

Although Spain is one of the world's more tolerant countries in regards to LGBT rights, its governmental institutions are not as inclined to granting asylum.

19 April 2015

‘We Walk Around Death,’ Tweets a Yemeni Blogger About the Horrors of War

The UN estimates around 150,000 people have been displaced, and the World Health Organisation reports 767 people had been killed and more than 2,900 wounded in less than a month.

17 April 2015

Prejudices Erode in Chilean Floods as Colombian Immigrants Mount a Relief Effort

Colombian immigrants have displayed remarkable solidarity by volunteering for relief work in Chile's flooded cities, challenging many Chileans' anti-immigrant prejudices.

France Launchs National Campaign to Curb Racist and Anti-Semitic Acts

China Jails Prominent Journalist Gao Yu for Leaking ‘State Secrets’

She was sentenced to seven years in prison. Observers believe the "state secrets" refer to a Chinese Communist Party directive that lists "seven speak-nots" for university professors, including press freedom.

15 April 2015

Cuba at the Summit of the Americas: The Struggle for Voice and Representation

The Summit of the Americas shined a spotlight on the political divisions that characterize Cuban civil society inside the country and abroad.

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