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17 June 2015

Stories from 17 June 2015

Bicyclists, Hang Up That Phone. Japan’s Traffic Laws Just Got Tougher

The newly revised laws are meant to curb dangerous behaviour, such as riding through stop signs, failing to yield to pedestrians, and riding while drunk or holding an umbrella.

Self-Proclaimed ‘Donetsk People's Republic’ Now Has an Internet Blacklist

RuNet EchoAdvox

A new law in the rebel eastern Ukraine state instituting a blacklist for webpages with content "prohibited in the republic" seems to be targeting Ukrainian media websites.

Abortion in Chile, a Clandestine Choice

The Bridge

There are few topics in Chile as controversial as abortion, which is prohibited in the country under one of the most restrictive laws in the world.

Is the Kremlin Watering Down Russia's ‘Right to Be Forgotten’?

RuNet Echo

Kremlin officials and Yandex reportedly reached a compromise that will weaken the next draft of legislation designed to introduce to the RuNet a "right to be forgotten."

The Deaths of Four Siblings Shines a Harsh Light on China's 60 Million ‘Left-Behind’ Children

"How can CCTV deny [the government’s] responsibility? Isn't society accountable for four children choosing suicide by drinking pesticide?"

Remembering the Kyrgyz Woman Who Adopted 150 Children During the Siege of Leningrad

'Here is an example of a truly human relationship to other people! I hope that she raised her children the way she was herself. As real people!'

Jack Warner's First Revelation Involves Trinidad & Tobago's Prime Minister, Marijuana and a Cover-Up

The ex-FIFA exec, who is wanted by US authorities, has made good on his promise to reveal damning evidence. It's only the "tip of the iceberg," he says.

Australia's Matildas Waltz Into the Women's World Cup Knockout Round

"I can see #AUS going far in this World Cup. They're playing some of their best ball and I love it. "

Why Did South Africa Let Wanted Sudanese President Bashir Leave the Country?

Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes. Online commenters speculated reasons could include blackmail, hatred of the West or pure incompetence.

‘The Worst Crowd Control I Have Ever Seen': Football Match Versus Australia Highlights Kyrgyzstan's Public Order Problems

"Here we observe the elemental lawlessness, disorganisation and all-out anarchy in this country."

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