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6 June 2013

Stories from 6 June 2013

Yemen's Jailed Revolutionary Youth Go on Hunger Strike

In December 2011, 22 youth were abducted during the uprising against ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Five of them still remain in jail, without charges or trial. Yemeni activists and netizens...

Saudi Arabia Blocks Instant Messaging App Viber

Following the Saudi threat to block encrypted communication software unless the government is allowed to spy, the instant messaging application Viber was blocked earlier yesterday. The website can no longer...

Russians & Cigarettes: A Hard Goodbye

The Russian government aims to end Russia's love affair with cigarettes, and a new law passed June 1 will ban smoking in a wide array of public spaces, paving the...

Mozambique: Mia Couto's 30 Years of Literature Honored with Prestigious Prize

Mia Couto's three decades at the helm of Mozambican literature was acknowledged on the 27 May when he was awarded the 25th Camões Prize in literature, worth 100,000 euros, and...

Mumbai's Newspaper Reading Centers Dwindle

Vachanalays (newspaper reading centres) are a familiar sight in most neighbourhoods in Bombay where locals read the papers and discuss the day’s news. Sans Serif reports how they are slowly...

South Korea's History-Challenged Youth

As younger generation shows a serious lack of historical knowledge even to the point of calling [ko] an iconic democratic movement a rebel, South Korean net users set up an online petition...

Norwegian Music Video Offends Kyrgyzstanis

For small, landlocked and little-known countries such as Kyrgyzstan, "self-branding" is a slow and difficult process. So, when stars from foreign countries arrive to shoot a video in your countryside,...

Without Prospects, Brazil's Transvestites Fall Victim to Human Trafficking

Transvestite prostitutes say they are willingly traveling to São Paulo in order to get silicone implants in their breasts, buttocks, and other body parts to prepare for their World Cup...

PHOTOS: ‘A Window into Paraguay for the World’

In the blog Yluux, Paraguayan photographers Tetsu Espósito and Elton Núñez cover different themes and stories through photos of nature, religious traditions, sports, music, and more.

How to Type Ghanaian Characters on Android

Mighty African explains how he discovered a tool to help him use Ghanaian characters on Android phones: Earlier today, I was looking to type something in Twi on my phone...

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