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· August, 2013

Stories about Breaking News from August, 2013

14 August 2013

Coptic Churches Burnt in Egypt

On social media, many suggested that the Muslim Brotherhood has been fanning the flames of sectarianism, pitting Muslim against Christian, resulting in today's unprecedented wide-scale attacks.

Journalists Covering Egypt Shot At, Arrested and Threatened

"We just got shot at by birdshot trying to get into the Rabaa sit-in, crouching behind car," tweets Bel Trew, from Cairo, Egypt.

Conflicting Casualty Reports as Muslim Brotherhood Sit-ins Dispersed in Egypt

Egyptian forces are now dispersing two sit-ins in Cairo, with conflicting reports on casualties. The action is unfolding live on television. Netizens weigh in.

13 August 2013

Mexican President Reveals Controversial Energy Reform Plans

The president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, has presented his proposal to reform the constitution regarding Mexican Petroleum and the oil industry.

11 August 2013

‘Red Wednesday’ Protests to Benin President: ‘Don't Touch My Constitution!’

The Red Wednesday movement is growing in Benin. Sinatou Saka explains why.

10 August 2013

“They have Killed Eid in Iraq”

This Ramadan marked one of the deadliest months in Iraq. Around 17 bomb explosions across the country have left 91 dead and 323 injured tonight. And the number of victims...

‘Rewire': How to Be a Better Media Consumer

Commentary from around the French-speaking Web on serendipity and cosmopolitanism, two key concepts found in the book 'Rewire' by Global Voices co-founder Ethan Zuckerman.

Mauritanian Blogger Babbah Weld Abidine Arrested

8 August 2013

Public Transit Strike Paralyzes Paraguay

The strike left some 700,000 transit users without access to their primary mode of transportation. A protest has been called in reaction to the demands by the transport owners' association.

6 August 2013

Macedonians Protest Clearing of Trees in Skopje

Like in nearby Turkey and Serbia, the protest that seemed to revolve around a few trees became something much more.

Saudi Activist Released After Two Years in Prison

Charged with establishing an unlicensed association and possessing illegal books, Mohamed el-Bjadi was released from a Saudi prison today. The Saudi Twittersphere rejoices.

2 August 2013

News Websites Indicted over Land Grab Report

Mali Looks for Fresh Start with Presidential Race Down to Two

Former Prime Minister Ibrahima Boubacar Keita and challenger Soumaïla Cissé will face off in a second round of elections.

Tunisian FEMEN Activist Amina Released from Prison

The 19-year-old activist is still charged with "cemetery desecration".

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