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30 January 2020

Stories from 30 January 2020

The Jamaica Accountability Meter Portal tracks government performance and gives power back to people

This groundbreaking website tracks the performance of elected representatives by giving citizens unfettered access and educating them about the way their government works.

How Zimbabwe's biometric ID scheme — and China’s AI aspirations — threw a wrench in elections

Some citizens were told that if they didn't register and submit their biometrics, they might be barred from voting.

For Taiwan, the Wuhan coronavirus is also a diplomatic battle

Taiwan is one of the most vulnerable places for the spread of the virus after the PRC.

Hong Kong medical workers frustrated at government indecision about blocking mainland visitors

Medical professionals in Hong Kong have urged the government to close Hong Kong-China border checkpoints to limit the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus into Hong Kong.

Doing journalism in a deadly narco state

"The country is in pain. Telling these stories means it’s also necessary to tell what causes them, but that’s just where more problems begin."

Nigeria's Operation Àmò̩té̩kùn: Was it named after a leopard, cheetah or tiger? 

Linguists who study Yorùbá have long taken issue with ascribing meaning of the word àmò̩té̩kùn interchangeably with the leopard, cheetah and tiger.

Peruvians debate road safety and labor regulations after fatal truck explosion

A few days before the extraordinary parliamentary elections in Peru, a disaster generates outrage and solidarity among citizens.

The Wuhan coronavirus is also an economic plague for China 

When an epidemic coincides with the spending spree that traditionally accompanies the Chinese New Year festivities, a country's economic health also comes under strain.

‘Volodya, aren’t you tired?': Russia’s youth on Putin’s 20 years in power

An entire generation of Russians can't recall life before Putin. Twenty years after his rise to power, they're now wondering if they'll ever find out what comes after him.

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