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1 May 2014

Stories from 1 May 2014

Bangladesh's LGBT Community Steps Out in Rainbow Colors for New Year's

In Muslim-majority Bangladesh, homosexuality is considered to be unacceptable socially and religiously, and gay sex is illegal.

Cooking Under Siege in Homs, Syria

From the grass that grows on the roadside to turtles, birds and insects, Homsis have taken their renowned creativity and lightheartedness to another level.

Lebanese and Migrant Activists target the Kafala system

A campaign is underway in Lebanon to encourage people to speak up against the Kafala (sponsorship) system and the abuse of domestic workers. Here's how some showed their support.

Anger Over Toddler's Public Wee in Hong Kong Runs Deeper Than ‘Good’ Manners

The incident underscored rising tensions between Hong Kong and China. Resentment among Hong Kongers over what they perceive as mainland tourists encroaching on their space is growing.

Colombia: Collapse of a Mine Causes Death and Destruction

At least three people died people and between 25 and 30 got trapped after the collapse of an illegally operated mine in the department of Cauca, Soutwest of Colombia, as...

Protecting Journalists’ Sources: Don't Take Your Smart Phone

Mark Pearson of Journlaw.com interviews Cameron Stewart, National security reporter and associate editor at The Australian newspaper. They discuss the challenges facing investigative journalists in the era of technological surveillance....

The Bengali Tradition of Halkhata, New Accounts Ledger

The centuries old Bengali new years celebrations include an important tradition, opening the Halkhata, a new ledger book for the year for the businesses. Blog Amader Kotha explains what Halkhata...

Caribbean: Commonwealth Short Story Shortlist Announced

The writers shortlisted for the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize have been announced. Repeating Islands shares the list.

Is Federalism a Solution to South-East Ukraine's Identity Crisis?

In an ironic twist, pro-Ukrainian activists disseminate flyers in the Donetsk urging people to call for a referendum on joining the Dnepropetrovsk Region.

Trinidad & Tobago: From One Government to Another

Our country cannot continue exporting our jobs, capital and skilled people in favour of unexamined and undisclosed foreign policies. Afra Raymond says that the current Government to Government arrangements are...

Train Station Blast Kills 3, Injures Dozens in China

The attack highlighted the grim challenges of security and simmering ethnic tensions in the resource-rich province.

Online Tools And Resources For Learning Bangla Language

Kolkata based British expat blog My Bangla Diary posts an interview with Steve Capell, the creator of Bangla Tangla. This resourceful website by Capell contains useful tools and contents for...

More about Heartbleed

Mariano Amartino, from the blog Denken Über [es], explains on a detailed and graphic post the OpenSSL software vulnerability known as Heartbleed and notes that: Speaking clearly, the ONLY way...

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