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19 February 2015

Stories from 19 February 2015

Cuban LGBT Activist Takes On Conservative ‘Family Code’

An article published in the state newspaper Granma has fueled a debate about the obsolescence of the Cuban Family Code.

Quiz: Are You At Risk of Becoming a Terrorist?

The quiz is inspired by a US government survey that is used to catch individuals at risk of turning to radical violence or communities at risk of incubating extremist ideologies.

Take a Stroll Through the Backstreets of Japan

One Japanese YouTube user, satobo3104, has joined the Slow TV movement and uploaded hundreds of videos documenting walks through old neighbourhoods all over Japan.

Hindus Flock to Nepal's Ancient Pashupatinath Temple for Shivaratri Celebrations

The temple, located in the capital Kathmandu, buzzed with activity as pilgrims from India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Bhutan and Sri Lanka marked Lord Shiva's birthday.

President Obama's Countering Violent Extremism Summit Divides American Muslim Activists

America's "Counter Violent Extremism" policy is accused of heavily targeting Muslims.

Poor TV Coverage Makes Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Lovers Feel They Missed Out

Are the organisations charged with stewardship of the national festival sacrificing it to the almighty dollar? Broadcasters claim their sub-par coverage was due to their restrictions.

Twitter Chatter About Putin and Poroshenko: The Language Breakdown

RuNet Echo

Tweets in Russian account for over half of the 6,342,294 tweets in our dataset. English, Spanish, Ukrainian, and French are the other common languages in tweets about Putin and Poroshenko.

#SaveSaman: A Final Effort to Save Iran's Saman Naseem from Execution

There has been an urgent call to action to stop the state execution of juvenile prisoner Saman Naseem, arrested at 17 years of age (now 22), for his membership in...

Argentina Creates Registry of Interpreters of Indigenous Languages

Japan Seizes Syria-Bound Photographer's Passport Amid ISIS Fears

This follows the brutal murder of two Japanese nationals by ISIS in January. There is now a vague sense in Japan that some places that are not acceptable for travel.

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