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· March, 2014

Stories about Breaking News from March, 2014

10 Ways Russians and Ukrainians Reacted to Crimea Annexation Speech

Regardless of how one feels about the Crimean question, it was a landmark speech, and one that bloggers reacted to the way they usually do on the Internet. Through memes.

Russian Officials Sanctioned Over Crimea Scoff on Twitter

"Comrade Obama, what should people who don't have any foreign bank accounts or property do? Did you not think of that?)" -Dmitry Rogozin

Did Russia's Most Famous Actor Just Denounce Vladimir Putin?

In Russia, it is exceedingly rare for anyone who regularly appears on television or the silver screen to criticize, let alone denounce, Vladimir Putin. But did Khabensky?

Malaysia Airlines MH370 Mystery Fuels Conspiracy Theories

After a week of waiting for answers in the disappearance of flight MH370 and its 239 occupants, conspiracy theories have cropped to fill the void about what happened.

China's Crackdown on WeChat

Update: Russia Blocks Fifth Liberal Website

Russia Blocks Four Opposition Media Portals

"I don't even know if anyone is reading this anymore." - Putative opposition leader Alexey Navalny in his blog which was blocked today by order of Russia's Attorney General's office.

Russia’s Best News Portal Decimated

In Russia’s jingoist climate today, it is now much easier for corporate owners and state authorities to meddle in the politics of the country’s news websites.

Macedonian Students Campaign Against Unlivable Conditions in Dormitories

Captive Saudi Princesses Speak Out on Twitter

It's the stuff of fairytales for princesses to be locked in towers, but in today's Saudi Arabia, four princesses say they have been held against their will for 13 years.

Mexican Government Censors Website That Documents Human Rights Abuses

The closing of a website that denounces human rights abuses has revealed an alleged censorship collaboration between the Mexican and US governments.

Peru Considers Eliminating Environmental Impact Studies for Oil Exploration

The announcement by the Minister of Energy and Mines that oil exploration activities would no longer require environmental impact studies has surprised Peruvian environmentalists. Experts are mostly against it.

China's Tencent to Step Up Competition With JD.com Stake

The move is widely viewed as a strategic collaboration to shore up the two parties against their common competitor Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce company.

Major Unrest in Burundi ahead of Presidential Elections

Malaysian Plane Carrying 239 People Reported Missing

Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing lost contact with air traffic controllers, with the authorities being unable to locate the aircraft since. The flight was carrying 239 people

China Dismisses WWI Comparison Amid Tense Relations With Japan

“2014 is neither 1914 nor 1894, it’s better for [Japan] to regard post-war Germany as a role model than make a fuss about Germany before WWI.“

GV Face: What's Next for Ukraine?

What's next for the #Euromaidan movement? Protests and bloodshed led to the fall of a corrupt president. But now, as Russia looms with military might and Crimea considers succession, there...

Saudi Arabia Lists Muslim Brotherhood as a Terrorist Organisation

Saudi Arabia has declared the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation. Netizens wonder what will happen to MB members in nearby countries, like Bahrain.

Venezuelan Protesters Behead Hugo Chávez Statue

Venezuela Cuts Ties with Panama

The Venezuelan government cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Panama. Social networks have exploded with comments full of surprise at this decision.

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