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12 August 2015

Stories from 12 August 2015

Jason Rezaian’s Lawyer Prevented from Responding to Iranian Prosecutor’s Accusations

The court’s decision on the charges against Rezaian, which include “espionage” and “cooperation with enemy states,” is expected in a week.

Turkish Authorities on Blocking Binge as Political Tensions Rise

Advox

Pro-Kurdish and leftist media sites are among the 96 websites most recently blocked by Turkish authorities.

18 Stunning Photographs of the Rana Tharus From the Southern Foothills of Nepal

Solveig Boergen, a German photographer who lives and works in Japan, travelled to the Kanchanpur district of western Nepal to capture the daily lives of the Rana Tharus.

Australian Parliamentarians Denied Free Vote on Same Sex Marriage Law

Many Australians were angered by a decision of the government parties to deny a free vote to their parliamentarians on a bill to legalise same sex marriage.

Speaking Up for the Big Endangered Elephant in the Room

"So many people around the world love elephants but aren’t aware that elephants are in crisis."

My Birthday

The Bridge

On the day of her birthday, Syrian activist Marcell Shehwaro looks back at the trauma and heartbreak of life in Syria through the prism of birthdays past and present.

In Malaysia, Myanmar's Refugee Children Go to School in Fear

A video documentation project highlights the plight of the Myanmar refugee community in Malaysia.

As Chad’s Former Dictator Heads to Trial, Impunity for African Despots May Be Coming to an End

An extraordinary event for Africa, Hissène Habré's trial demonstrates what's maybe the beginning of a new era for the continent, where young politicians are changing the way the law works.

Will Nepal's Gadhimai Temple End Its Centuries-Old Animal Sacrifice Rituals?

News reports that the Gadhimai temple -- which hosts one of the world’s biggest massacre of animals -- will ban their centuries-old ritual of sacrifice, turned out to be wrong.

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