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6 August 2014

Stories from 6 August 2014

Putin Is Banning a Bunch of Western Imports. Russians Fear for Their Booze.

RuNet Echo

Russians might soon be missing Scotch whisky and French cheese. A decree signed by Vladimir Putin bans the import of agricultural products from countries which had earlier sanctioned Russia.

Shut Your Mouth, Russian Bureaucrat

RuNet Echo

Russia's government won’t be keeping a promise about restoring certain pension deposits, and one high-ranking economic official is already out of a job thanks to a bizarre online apology.

A Terrifying Experience at A Mumbai Train Station

Students in India Have Developed a “SmartCane” for the Blind

"It feels great to be able to move around alone," says one happy customer. A new low-cost device, the SmartCane, overcomes the limitations of the traditional cane by using SONAR.

Video Contest: Inspiring Stories of Protected Areas

Accessibility and Lack of Appreciation for Young HIV Carriers Fighting AIDS

Hong Kong Web Users Are Defending Originality As Game Clone ‘Tower of Saviors’ Hits It Big

Behind the commercial success of mobile game Tower of Saviors lies a mob of angry netizens who accuse the game of being a shameless imitation of Japan's Puzzle & Dragons.

Try Being a Female Journalist in Kyrgyzstan. Your Male Sources Hit on You. All the Time.

Kyrgyz journalist Asel Kalybekova explains the pressure female professionals - whether journalists, accountants or government secrataries - face to respond to sexual advances by officials and co-workers.

Cameroon Just Witnessed a Brutal Islamist Attack. But You Wouldn’t Know It Watching Network TV.

When the most brutal attack by the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram in Cameroon took place, citizens had to turn to foreign media and social networking sites for news.

How the Singapore-Malaysia ‘Toll Wars’ Are Hurting Workers and Commuters

The cost of crossing the Singapore-Johor Causeway suddenly went up by almost 400 percent after toll fees were raised by Malaysia and Singapore.

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