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· December, 2015

Stories about Breaking News from December, 2015

A Look Back on the Stories We Told About Latin America in 2015

From the anniversary of the disappearance of Ayotzinapa's students to the controversy surrounding the inauguration of Argentina's new president, we review the stories we shared on Latin America during 2015.

Ecuador Government Seizes TV Channel's Equipment, Leaving It Off the Air

The owner of a popular Ecuadorian TV station that went off the air after the seizure of equipment by the police says the action was motivated by the station's reporting.

The Gambia Turns Talk Into Action, Passes Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Bill

After President Jammeh announced an executive ban on the practice hardly a month ago, lawmakers made good on the sentiment.

Russian Activist Gets Two-Year Sentence for ‘Calls to Extremism’ on Social Networks

A Russian court has found activist Darya Polyudova guilty of "public calls to separatism and extremism" on social networks and has sentenced her to two years in a penal colony.

In US Republican Politics, ‘Hating on Iran Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry’

The Republican debate became a forum for factual inaccuracies and demonizing Iran.

Bangladesh Unblocks All Social Media Services (For Now)

Contradictory statements from authorities have left many Bangladeshis wondering what was behind the ban on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and other major communications platforms.

Russian Film Festival Gets Official Warning After Promoting Anti-Corruption Documentary

The warning comes after Artdocfest announced that it is including in a special online competition a film about the corrupt business dealings of figures close to Attorney General Yuri Chaika.

Trinidad and Tobago’s United National Congress Retains Its Party Leader, But at What Cost?

Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Trinidad and Tobago's former prime minister, has won the battle for leadership of the country's opposition party—but some think the country loses, no matter who won.

New Appointments to the Polish Constitutional Tribunal May Be Unconstitutional

People have been protesting and discussing a recent set of acts passed by Polish parliament, some claiming it is a true threat to democracy in the country.

While India's National Media Bungles Its Chennai Flood Coverage, Social Media Steps Up

"In fact, what is more troubling in a way is that the nature of the coverage only confirms a north-south divide..."

UN Atomic Agency Report Brings Iran Nuclear Deal Closer to Reality

The report stated that Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear weapon ceased by 2009. Some saw it as affirmation that sanctions, largely put into place after 2010, were needless.

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