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· January, 2014

Stories about Breaking News from January, 2014

17 January 2014

Ukraine Stifles Freedom of Speech, Peaceful Protest With New Law

The Ukrainian parliament has passed a law that openly restricts free speech, peaceful protest and free communications in the country, leaving citizens and journalists outraged.

Mexican Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón Nominated for Oscar for ‘Gravity’

Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón has been nominated for the Oscar for Best Director, plus 9 others, for his work on 'Gravity'.

Two Opposite Arguments on Whether CAR Crisis is a Religious Conflict

16 January 2014

Russia’s Parliament Prepares New “Anti-Terrorist” Laws for Internet

RuNet EchoAdvox

Another Internet crackdown looms in Russia, where the Duma is reviewing three new pieces of “anti-terror” legislation that could place hefty restrictions on the activities of websites and civil society.

15 January 2014

Russia's Foreign Ministry Opines on “Queers”

RuNet Echo

While the translation is labelled as "unofficial," Russia watchers were somewhat taken aback that a homophobic slur could end up on a government website.

14 January 2014

‘Bangkok Shutdown’ Begins in Thailand

Opposition groups in Thailand aim to shutdown Bangkok for several days or until the prime minister is ousted. Thousands joined the first day of the protest

13 January 2014

Spain's Princess Cristina Charged with Money Laundering and Tax Evasion

Although it is technically possible, few people in Spain expect to see the Infanta Cristina on trial.

How New Interim President Nguendet Can Bring Stability Back to CAR

11 January 2014

Viral Photo of a Giant Squid Found in California is Fake

The doctored image accompanied a fake report from Lightly Braised Turnip, which appears to be a satire website. That didn't stop many Web users from circulating the news as real.

10 January 2014

Monitoring the Russian Internet for Big Bucks

RuNet Echo

The Russian Federal Protective Service is asking software developers to design a system that automatically monitors the country’s news and social media, producing reports that study netizens’ political attitudes.

Arrested for Calling Zambia's President Michael Sata a ‘Sweet Potato’

Catholic Priest turned politician Father Frank Bwalya called President Michael Sata a crooked sweet potato that cannot be straightened during a community radio show.

9 January 2014

Hindus Attacked in Bangladesh for ‘Crime’ of Voting

"Wasn't the election for everybody? So why are Hindus being targeted? Or did only Hindus vote? So are they not free to exercise their rights?"

6 January 2014

Mass Resignations Within the Ruling Party of Burkina Faso

Slim Voter Turnout, Violence Mark Bangladesh's Opposition-Less Elections

Amid violence that left 18 dead, only between 10 and 40 percent of voters made it to the polls, down from the high 87 percent in the last parliamentary elections.

5 January 2014

More Than 100 Schools Torched in Anti-Election Violence in Bangladesh

"If you cripple the nation in the name of protest, how will you take this country forward?"

4 January 2014

Opposition Rallies and Public Gatherings Now Banned in Cambodia

After the dispersal of striking workers in Cambodia, the government has banned Opposition rallies in the capital. Even the public gathering of two persons is now prohibited by the police.

154 Elected in Bangladesh Before Any Votes Are Cast

So many parties are boycotting the upcoming general election, that most of the winners have already been decided.

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