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16 June 2015

Stories from 16 June 2015

Jailed Cartoonist Atena Faraghdani's Lawyer is Arrested for Shaking Her Hand

How the Kremlin Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Online News Aggregation

RuNet Echo

According to a new study, the Kremlin appears to have mastered several ways to fool Yandex.News into promoting government-planted stories to an audience that surpassed 23 million people in April.

Russian Lawmakers Vote to Support First Draft of ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Law

RuNet EchoAdvox

Only one Russian lawmaker voted against the new draft law, with other members of parliament overwhelmingly supporting the "right to be forgotten" regulations for search engines.

Stuxnet-Like Digital Attack on Iran Nuclear Talks May Have Come from Israel, Security Researchers Say

Multiple research groups verified that the virus used in the attack appears to be an offshoot of the espionage software called Duqu, which security experts linked to the Israeli government.

Evicted Indigenous Community in Kenya Claims World Bank Money Helped Burn Their Homes

Around the globe, forest dwellers, poor villagers and other vulnerable populations claim the World Bank -- most powerful development lender -- has left a trail of misery.

Candlelight Vigil for the 23 Victims of Boko Haram Suicide Bombings in Chad

Zambia's Government Plans to Buy Police Cars That Cost Half a Million Dollars Each

"[D]o these vehicles refuel themselves, do they also stop crime on their own..are they automated cops?"

Pink Dot Rally for LGBT Rights Gathers 28,000 People in Singapore

"We believe everyone deserves the freedom to love, and the freedom to be themselves."

What Does India’s Smart Cities Project Mean for the Poor?

Some argue that the infrastructure is coming at the expense of farmers and the cities will be designed to keep the poor out.