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24 August 2015

Stories from 24 August 2015

The Story of Salim Alaradi, a Canadian National of Libyan Origin Detained in the UAE

Libyan-born Canadian Salim Alaradi has been in a UAE prison for a year, with no charges or access to a lawyer. His 17-year-old daughter is campaigning for his freedom online.

A Japanese Woman’s Impressive Appetite Leaves the Internet Hungry for More

Yuka Kinoshita has gained famed for the sheer amount of food she can pack away. She uploads her videos to YouTube.

‘Why Does the Thai Government Want to Destroy Krabi With Coal Power Plant?’

The government is proposing to build a coal plant in Krabi to boost local power supply, but it also threatens to destroy a popular tourism destination and protected environment site.

Think You're So Clever, Wikipedia? Russian Censors Are Blocking You Anyway

RuNet EchoAdvox

Though Wikipedia has tried to circumvent Russian censors' demands to remove content, the Kremlin seems intent on blocking the website at all costs.

Ecuador Cancels Visa for a Franco-Brazilian Journalist Assaulted During Protest

"Hostility to journalists, the media and activists has increased in Ecuador, and attacks on freedom of expression are becoming more frequent."

Did Russia's Biggest Search Engine Censor Itself to Protect Putin's Spokesman?

RuNet EchoAdvox

Vladimir Putin's spokesman is back in the news, after Internet users discovered this weekend that Yandex, the country’s most popular search engine, might be censoring itself to protect him.

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