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26 November 2014

Mother Who Claims to Have Killed 10 Taliban Militants Becomes National Hero in Afghanistan

A woman in Farah province, Afghanistan, has shot to fame after she avenged the death of her son and fired on Taliban militants from the checkpoint where he was killed.

From Apathetic Software Programmer to Award-Winning Hong Kong Citizen Journalist

Chan Chak To won Hong Kong In-Media's Best Journalism award for his first-hand account of being arrested during a rehearsal sit-in for Occupy Central earlier this year.

25 November 2014

Kazakh Authorities Censor Videos of Children in ISIS Training Camps

Videos of Kazakh children in ISIS training camps have gone viral. Now the government is engaged in a futile damage limitation exercise.

Fighting for Climate Justice From the Front Lines of Disaster

Given that climate change is causing increasing extreme weather, better waste management actually helps to prevent events like Super Typhoon Yolanda, which killed more than 6,000 people in the Philippines.

China Touts Local Ground Rules for the Global Internet

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While attendees at last week's World Internet Conference in China enjoyed relatively open Internet access, thousands of websites were blocked throughout much of the country.

24 November 2014

Strong Earthquake in Japan's Nagano Injures Dozens, Topples Homes

Forty-one people were injured during the magnitude 6.8 temblor, but no deaths were reported. Twitter users snapped photos of public transportation gone dark and disheveled supermarkets.

Kyrgyzstanis Skeptical about Government Biometric Data Drive

Over two decades' worth of state intrigue and corruption has forced Kyrgyz citizens to be cynical about anything the government wants them to do, especially if it involves submitting fingerprints.

22 November 2014

Japan's Snap Elections Overshadow a Faltering Economy

While some commentators are calling Abe's move "self-serving", others think Abe is facing political oblivion anyway and that the snap elections may be the spark that reignites Japan's moribund opposition.

Waited All Year for That Christmas Cake? If You're in Japan, Welcome to the Butter Shortage

The shortage in the lead-up to Christmas has coined a new Internet meme in Japan: butter refugees.

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