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17 January 2015

Stories from 17 January 2015

Colombia's New Minimum Wage Generates Minimum Enthusiasm

On December 30, 2014, Colombia's government raised the minimum wage by 4.6 percent to 644,350 Colombian pesos ($273). On social media, the disappointment of many has been palpable.

Outrage in Colombia over ‘Little Miss Thong’ Child Beauty Pageant

In a controversial Colombian beauty pageant known as "Little Miss Thong," participants, sponsored by the local city hall, are bikini-wearing girls as young a six-years-old.

‘I Am Shuhrat': Tajiks Come to Jailed Lawyer's Defence on Facebook

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Shuhrat Qudratov, a Tajik lawyer with a reputation for defending politically endangered clients, has been sentenced to nine years in prison on charges many citizens feel are bogus.

How the Philippines Hid Social Injustice From Pope Francis

Activists, street children, and urban poor residents were some of those who were "hidden" by authorities during the state visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines.