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16 January 2015

Stories from 16 January 2015

Antarctic Misadventure Sparks Scandal for Russian MPs

RuNet Echo

When two Duma deputies set off to plant the Russian flag atop the highest mountain in Antartica, they probably did't expect their trip would spark a political scandal.

Civil Liberties vs. Terrorism: What Are We Willing to Give Up?

Advox

European Union Interior Ministers are considering measures to combat terrorism in the region, which many have branded as draconian.

This Newspaper's Headlines Have Become Too Much for Many Readers in Venezuela

Últimas Noticas' January 12 front page mobilized Twitter users this week, when readers decided the newspaper's political bias has gone too far.

Why Hasn't the Baga Massacre Made as Many Headlines as the Charlie Hebdo Attack?

The Bridge

Is it because of Western media's skewed news priorities? The Nigerian government's own tight-lipped response? Local Nigerian media's ineptitude? The answer is all three, argues Nwachukwu Egbunike.

A 16-Year-Old's Death Is Forcing Ethiopia to Confront Its Sexual Violence Problem

Hanna Lalango was 16 years old when she was kidnapped while riding home from school, gang-raped and left severely injured on an Addis Ababa street.

Déjà Vu in Brazil as Police Crack Down on Protests Against Public Transportation Fare Hikes

January 2015 already resembles June 2013: hikes in transport fares in different Brazilian cities have sent hundreds of people into the streets, only to be met with police violence.