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11 December 2013

Stories from 11 December 2013

#52ThingsAboutTanzania to Celebrate 52 Years of Independence

Tanzania mainland celebrated 52 years of independence on December 9, 2013. To celebrate, started the hashtag #52ThingsAboutTanzania to share facts and figures about the country.

Chinese Web Giants Alibaba, Baidu Launch Online Investment Funds for the Everyman

China's Internet powerhouses have successfully entered the online finance and investment business scene, challenging state-owned banks' monopoly.

Gay Sex is Once Again Illegal, India's Supreme Court Rules

"I was not a criminal yesterday, today I'm one. I intend to remain one. Wont ask for lordships permission before loving."

Visible Discrmination Against Ahmadis in a Shop In Pakistan

Syria's Homs: Once a Great City, Now a Winter Wasteland

Saudi Airlines Still has Manual Levers for Plane Seats

No Electricity in Gaza

The Caucasus Network: Personable Blogger, Svetlana Anokhina

RuNet Echo

Svetlana Anokhina—a 50-year-old journalist, writer, and community manager from Makhachkala, Dagestan—is as personable and undoubtedly real as netizens get.

Bolivians Protest Against Cochabamba Public Transport Price Hike

Pictures and messages shared on social networks show public dissatisfaction with public transport services and suggest that locals would be willing to pay more if the service were better.

Non-Violent Activist Razan Zaitouneh and her Team Kidnapped in Syria

Four activists, among them internationally acclaimed non-violent activist Razan Zaitouneh, from Syria's Violations Documentation Center (VDC) were kidnapped by unidentified masked gunmen, sparking a call for their immediate release.

The Caucasus Network: Dagestan Blogger Rasul Kadiev

RuNet Echo

Rasul Kadiev is a lawyer, born and raised in Makhachkala, Dagestan. Constantly among the region’s top five bloggers, he writes in Russian and uses LiveJournal.

Appeal to Free Spanish Journalist and Photographer Kidnapped in Syria

Appeals continue for the release of journalist Javier Espinosa and freelance photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, both Spanish, kidnapped in Syria by the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq.

India Loves Gold. So Why Did Actress Rima Kallingal Get Married Without It?

"I want to use this beautiful life that I have...to send out my strong vote of protest against the dowry system that we still shamelessly and silently follow."

Russian State News Agency Gets a Loyalist Upgrade

RuNet Echo

One of Russia's best known news agencies, RIA Novosti, won't survive the winter. Employees of the state-owned international news agency awoke to discover a new presidential order "liquidating" their organization.

Uruguay Becomes First Country to Legalize Marijuana Market

Australia: Vagina Knitting Not Everyone’s Taste in Art

Is vagina knitting art? It is not your everyday discussion in Australia.