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14 February 2014

Stories from 14 February 2014

Trinidad and Tobago: The Soca Kings Play Songs of Anti-Love

The Bridge

Pity Valentine's Day for falling during Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival season, when infectious soca rhythms render human beings powerless against the forces of bad behaviour.

A Love Letter to Quito

The Bridge

The first time Juan Arellano visited Quito was quite by chance. After a fourth visit he realises he can't deny it: he's head-over-heels in love with Ecuador's capital.

Kazakhstan Gets Its First Medal in Sochi

Kazakhstan's Denis Ten finished third in men's figure skating tonight, bringing the country its first-ever Olympic medal in this sport.

Protests Erupt Against a TV Show in Iran

Demonstrators say the show was insulting to Bakhtiari people and the role its leaders played in Iran's Constitutional Revolution.

A Visitor Describes How it Feels to be Mugged by Bulgarian Police

Political scientist and blogger Anastas Vangeli used social networks to describe his experience of extortion by Bulgarian policemen on his way from Macedonia to Poland.

Carnival Love Songs From the Caribbean

Valentine's Day in the Caribbean is usually overshadowed by Carnival, so GV's Caribbean team posts a few of its favourite soca songs in an effort to spread the love...

Chinese Singletons Snatch Up Cinema Seats to Sabotage Valentine's Day Dates

One of the organizers of the occupation said that many of those who participated did so wanting to meet new friends, hoping to turn a "prank" into a "blind date".

Despite Bans, Central Asians Observe Valentine's Day

Looking at how people in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan observed Valentine's Day.

As a Federal State, Yemen Marks the Third Anniversary of Its Revolution

February 11th marked the third anniversary of Yemen's revolution. Noon Arabia sums up reactions as the country is divided into a six-region federation state

“They Didn't Drown. They Were Murdered!” Immigrant Deaths in Ceuta, Spain

The Civil Guard has been condemned by immigrants and civil society organisations alike that argue that the security forces failed to assist the immigrants at sea or alert the coastguard...

St. Lucian Chef Nina Compton Still the People's Champ

Saint Lucian chef Nina Compton may not have won her bid to be crowned Top Chef, but she has won the hearts - and stomachs - of the Caribbean region.

Ending Illegal Logging and Launching Forest Carbon Credits in Madagascar

Crowdfunding Campaign to Restore Lebanon's Second Largest Library a Success

Sectarianism aside, 298 donors from all sects raised $35,000 online to help restore a Tripoli library burned down by Islamic fundamentalists in Lebanon.

“Celebrating Valentine's Day Is a Direct Way to Hell” in Tajikistan

Popular among younger people in cities, Valentine's Day struggles to gain broader acceptance in Tajikistan.

A Love Story With No Kissing? That's Cinema in Iran

Whether for romance or just a hug between family members, male and female characters in Iranian movies are not permitted to touch.

What Does Civil Society Engagement Really Mean?

“Another Face of Africa”: Call for Photos, Stories

Examining the Post-Colonial Evolution of Francophone and Anglophone Africa

Ecuador Makes List of Countries Where Press Freedom Has Declined

Bosnian Protesters Demand Bread, Social Justice and Freedom of Speech

When the citizens of Bosnia’s second largest city, Tuzla, went out to protest on February 4, 2014, few expected to witness the countrywide unrest that erupted a week later.

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