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7 August 2014

Stories from 7 August 2014

Thousands of Yazidis Rescued, But Many More Are at Risk as the Islamic State Gains Ground in Northern Iraq

The Kurdish ethno-religious group have been discriminated against for centuries and are accused of being 'devil worshipers.'

Want to Use Public Wi-Fi in Russia? Let's See Some ID

RuNet Echo

Internet users in Russia won't be able to use Wi-Fi in public spots anonymously any longer. The Russian government now requires individuals accessing public Wi-Fi to present their IDs.

Central Asia's Rulers View Turkish “Soap Power” with Suspicion

In recent years Turkish serials have amassed a worldwide following. In Central Asia, however, government officials are reluctant to give them air time.

Bulgaria's Mizia Is a City Under Water After Heavy Flooding

Hundreds of people lost their homes in the city of Mizia, when unrelenting rain recently caused the Skat River to overflow. Bulgarians have scrambled to gather supplies for the victims.

Video of Ex-Michoacán Governor’s Son with a Cartel Leader Revives Corruption Accusations in Mexico

Governor Fausto Vallejo recently resigned amid allegations of corruption. Alleged links between he and his family to organized crime have been reported for a long time.

3 Years in Prison for Spray-Painting a Fence? Now's Your Chance to Say ‘No.’

RuNet Echo

This summer, activists launched a "Free Vitishko" signature drive through the global civic organization "Avaaz." The petition demands the environmentalist's immediate and unconditional release from Russian prison.

#BooksForRasul: What Jailed Azerbaijani Human Rights Defenders Need Most? Books.

A former political prisoner invites people to send books to Azerbaijani activist Rasul Jafarov, who has been arrested and will be spending his 30th birthday in jail.

Ugandan Court Strikes Down Anti-Gay Law on a Technicality

Members of the LGBTI community celebrated the court ruling on social media, despite homosexuality remaining illegal in Uganda.

There's a Woman in Crimea Showing the Men How Blogging Is Done

RuNet Echo

Political discussions on the Russian-speaking Internet tend to be dominated by male voices. Politichanka, however is an exception to this general trend.

A Weibo Spat Hints at the Battle Brewing Over Journalism's Future in China

Lin Zhibo's appointment as dean of journalism school at Lanzhou University pitted the country's leftist nationalists against liberals pressing for more media freedom.

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