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24 October 2014

Stories from 24 October 2014

Hitting Below the Belt? Trinidad & Tobago President Tries to Gag Comedian Over Jokes About First Lady

A president, a first lady and a comedian walk into a bar...and what happens next, no-one could have anticipated. Did good-natured teasing hit below the belt?

Kyrgyzstan Ready to Adopt Gay Propaganda Law

Once branded Central Asia's 'Island of Democracy', Kyrgyzstan now seems to be trying to outdo Russia in the homophobic legislation stakes. For LGBT groups, it is a big worry.

How Chinese President Xi Jinping and His Yellow Umbrella Became a Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protest Meme

A propaganda photo of the Chinese leader on an official visit to the mainland's Hubei Province has been photoshopped into various pro-democracy protest scenes in Hong Kong.

Ideological Divides Run Deep in Brazil Ahead of Presidential Runoff

"Everyone who's lost family and friends because of the elections, let's spend Christmas together"

There's an Island Made of Toxic Trash Rising Out of the Sea in the Maldives

Used batteries, asbestos, lead and other potentially hazardous waste dumped at Thilafushi island are seeping into the water, but environmental concerns have never materialized into a campaign by local activists.

West Africans Keep Calm Despite Ebola and Remind the World Who They Are

As the Ebola death toll nears 5,000, with at least 10,000 reported cases, many in West Africa are utilizing the power of new media in the fight against the disease.

Mexico in the Labyrinth of Its Solitude

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