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4 October 2013

Stories from 4 October 2013

Protesters March Hundreds of Kilometers to Save Sundarbans from Coal Plant

The proposed coal plant would be only 14 kilometers away from the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

GV Face: Saudi Women Will Drive

GV Face

In this week's edition of GV Face, we meet Tamador Alyami, a Saudi blogger supporting the #Women2Drivecampaign, Hadeel Mohammed, our Saudi Author and our MENA Editor Amira Al Hussaini.

Pro and Anti-Military Rallies Planned for Egypt's Tahrir Square

One-Third of the World's Babies Don't Have Birth Certificates

No birth certificate can mean children cannot enroll in school or receive medical care. An interview with Evelina Martelli, project manager for BRAVO!, a programme pushing for birth registration.

The Gambia Quits British Commonwealth, Calling It ‘Extension of Colonialism’

"The Gambia will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution," the West African country announced in a statement released this week.

Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada: “The Killing of a Revolution”

Pakistan's Sindh Province Proposes Block on Skype, Viber and WhatsApp

The Sindh government's proposed three-month ban on messaging apps Viber, WhatsApp, Tango, Skype and other Voice Over Internet Protocol-based calling and messaging applications is meant to disrupt terrorist activities.

Deadly Storms, Delayed Aid Devastate Mexico's La Montaña Indigenous

According to several reports, aid took days to arrive and has been insufficient. More than 200 communities remain isolated.

Open Screenplay Competition at the Barranquilla Creative Commons Film Festival

Organizers invite both new and experienced producers from around the world to make a production based on screenplays written and distributed under a Creative Commons license.

‘Enough Forced Evictions!': Amnesty International Takes On Brazil World Cup Construction

As a result of infrastructure improvements ahead of the World Cup and Olympics, thousands of families are being forcefully evicted in Rio de Janeiro.

Toppled Mayor Leaves Serbia's Capital Without a City Government

The mayor of Serbia's capital city, Dragan Djilas, was fired from his post on 24 September 2013, after a 5-hour debate at which he was present and a secret vote...

New Romanian Law Takes Aim at Bucharest's 65,000 Stray Dogs

A deadly dog attack on a four-year-old boy last month spurred Romanian legislators to pass a law legalizing euthanasia after stray animals spend 14 days in public shelter.

The Trouble with Being Elected Mayor in Russia

RuNet Echo

After a hard-fought campaign in Yekaterinburg, Evgeny Roizman has encountered a new challenge: pesky procedural complications in his confirmation by the local State Duma.

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