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Stories about Humor

New York Times ad for Nairobi bureau chief riddled with clichés about Africa

The NYT’s language to describe their ideal Nairobi bureau chief reignited the debate on Western media's perpetual use of tired clichés and tropes about Africa.

French expat forced to apologize for making a music video which mocks the Thai junta

"…criticizing a government and a regime does not equate to hating a country. I love Thailand, I just don't love dictators and military coups."

Kazakhstan is in the middle of a political transition. So is its social media humour.

Kazakhstan's former president got to choose his own successor, but couldn't prevent him from becoming a figure of fun.

Chased by dogs on Google Street View Japan

A cute dog on Google Street View has gone viral on Japanese Twitter, resulting in more than 100,000 retweets.

Slovenian officials rebuff Hungary, refuse to censor cartoon satire ridiculing Viktor Orbán

Slovenian officials pledged to "never interfere in any of the media’s editorial policy."

The Slovakian memes that tore apart the first round of presidential elections

Pro-EU candidate Zuzana Čaputová won the first round following an eventful race that was wittily captured by the Slovakian internet on memes.

Outgoing baseball superstar Ichiro Suzuki's oddball t-shirts make him fan favorite

Ichiro, who has set more records than any other baseball player, recently announced his retirement.

Carnival in Brazil looked extra orange this year as people protested ‘Bolsogate’ scandal

In Brazil, the Portuguese word for orange, "laranja,” is also slang for intermediaries of fraudulent financial schemes.

Users flood Reddit with China censorship memes, balk at $150 million investment from Tencent

While Chinese companies regularly invest in US media companies, this makes for an unusual match.

Kazakh leader's grandson complains he is passportless after stint in ‘private Russian jail’

Aisultan Nazarbayev has a history of surprising compatriots with sensational social media posts.

Biryani Stories: Is Biryani the national dish of Pakistan?

Biriyani might be considered the king of South Asian cuisine, but is it the national dish of Pakistan?

2018 across sub-Saharan Africa: Our favorite stories of epic change and transformation

From long-time leaders stepping down to citizens rising up, a cautious hope surges alongside the continuous struggle. Here are our favorite stories from across Africa in 2018.

South Sudanese singer Nyaruach calls out ‘boring man with no plan’ in feminist hit

"You are such a bastard guy, I just want to say goodbye. May God bless you where you are. You boring man with no plan. With no plan!"

Chinese artist Badiucao sends ‘Make Wall Great Again’ hats to Google, in protest of company's return to China

“I want [Google] to know it is a mistake to collaborate with China’s censorship. It is as shameful as Trump’s wall ... an invisible wall online — the great firewall.”

Digging up the lost George Lucas Japanese 1980s TV commercials

Japanese Twitter has unearthed a series of 1980s Japanese TV commercials featuring George Lucas singing the praises of consumer electronics giant Panasonic.

Operation Leave Home: a new social media trend encourages young Angolans to fly the coop

"At this moment, I am on the street crying without knowing where to go."

Introducing Ursal — Union of Socialist Republics of Latin America, Brazil's latest meme craze

Brazil's internet has turned an obscure far-right conspiracy theory on its head.

What's the story behind the samurai walking a cat, anyway?

The image depicting a shoeless samurai walking an armored cat pops up on social media from time to time.

Iranian parody band sings a love song for Telegram after its block

"Just when I was relying on you, you were suddenly blocked and gone and all I have left is this VPN, that's the only bridge between you and I."

Argentinians are mocking the president's penny-pinching advice for citizens with higher utility bills

"If you don't have gas or electricity, I can teach you how to make a fire. You just take a stick and rub your hands together," one meme sarcastically says.

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