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5 March 2013

Stories from 5 March 2013

Venezuela: Hugo Chávez has Died

This evening, vice-president Nicolás Maduro announced the death of the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frías. Twitter users reacted immediately to Maduro's announcement.

Turkmenistan: With Enemies Like These, Who Needs Friends?

People in Turkmenistan and Turkmen dissidents in exile are unhappy about the fact that criticisms of the country's political regime come from various 'foreign experts,' while Western policymakers and politicians...

Venezuelan VP: Hugo Chávez Dead

Democratic India's Shrinking Freedoms

Violence Flares in Bangladesh Over Islamist Leader's Death Sentence

Renewed violence has erupted across Bangladesh, leaving 80 people dead, after the vice president of the country's largest Islamist political party was sentenced to be hanged for war crimes on...

Uruguayans Push for Sustainable Transport

Uruguayan citizens collect over 10,000 signatures to pressure their government to provide adequate infrastructure for sustainable transport, starting with bicycle lanes. The initiative seeks to address the omission to consider...

Pirate Bay's ‘Defection’ to North Korea a Hoax

Medellín, Colombia: Innovative but Unequal

On March 1, WSJ Magazine announced that Medellín had been chosen as the most innovative city of the world in the contest “City of the Year.” That same day, the...

Colombia's President: Nobel Peace Prize?

Peru: Are Safety Concerns in Lima Justified or Overblown?

In Peru's social networks, the level of anxiety is rising over perceptions of a spike in violent crime. The police, the government, and even the media are being held responsible,...

Kenyans Flood Polls Despite Election Day Violence

Machete-wielding separatists left at least 13 dead in Kenya as millions of people turned out in historic numbers to cast their votes on March 4, 2013 in one of the...

Carnival Samba Takes Aim at World Cup in Brazil

With forced evictions and competing political interests surrounding the run-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, a group of concerned Carnival revelers in Belo Horizonte, Brazil have put...

Viral Japanese Animated Video Leaves Internet Misty-Eyed

A short animated video created by popular Japanese comedian Tekken, better known for cracking jokes in black-and-white makeup than producing stop-motion tearjerkers, still has the Web talking a year after...

Why Do Russia's Newsmen Keep Quitting?

RuNet Echo

Two editors-in-chief lost their positions on March 4, 2013: Mikhail Kotov left one of Russia's biggest online newspapers, Gazeta.ru, while Alexey Vorobiev is no longer the head of the Kommersant...

Nepali Newspaper Gives Voice to Hong Kong's Neglected Minorities

inmediahk.net interviewed the editor-in-chief of a Nepali independent newspaper, Ethnic Voice, based in Hong Kong. The weekly newspaper encourages Nepalese living in Hong Kong to speak out and participate in...

Ecuador: Seven Days Without Water, Loja's Residents are Enraged

The province of Loja is currently under a state of emergency: around 60 neighbourhoods are now without a supply of drinking water. Residents of the province are expressing their indignation...

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