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22 May 2015

ISIS Claims Responsibility in Suicide Bombing in Shia Mosque in Qatif Killing 21 Worshippers

Twenty-one people were killed when an ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shia mosque in Qatif, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, after Friday prayers today.

16 May 2015

Egypt's Former President Mohammed Morsi Sentenced to Death for 2011 Prison Escape

Egypt's first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi, along with more than 100 other people, were sentenced to death today. Human rights organisations and supporters describe the trial as a "sham."

15 May 2015

Facebook's Zuckerberg Responds to Ukrainians’ Complaints, But Is His Answer Enough?

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Mark Zuckerberg has addressed the appeals of Ukrainian Facebook users for better content moderation and calls to create a dedicated Ukrainian office. His answers seem unlikely to satisfy them.

14 May 2015

Bahrain Court Upholds Six Month Sentence Against Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Over Tweet

Global Voices Advocacy

A Bahrain court today upheld a six-month sentence for human rights defender Nabeel Rajab over a tweet. Rajab is already in custody under investigation for other tweets.

12 May 2015

Second Deadly Earthquake Sends Nepalis Scrambling for Open Spaces

Fifty-seven deaths have been reported so far, with more than a thousand injured.

Ananta Bijoy Das Becomes Third Free-Thinking Blogger Killed This Year in Bangladesh

Global Voices Advocacy

Das promoted critical thinking about religion, which sparked the ire of Islamic hardliners in Bangladesh. He was hacked to death by a group of masked people with machetes.

Fed Up With ‘Political’ Blocking, Russia and Ukraine Appeal to Facebook

RuNet Echo

Ukrainians and Russians are unhappy about Facebook allowing "politically motivated" takedowns of posts they say are being reported for violations by masses of "Kremlin supporters."

8 May 2015

Leaked Emails Reveal What Vladimir Putin Tells World Leaders at Private Meals

RuNet Echo

The leaked emails can be sorted into three types of reports: menu options for meetings, summaries of the catering services, and—most interestingly—outlines of Putin's conversations with his guests.

7 May 2015

Macedonian Women Form Human Shield Around Police to Keep Protests Peaceful

The women were participating in a second day of protests demanding justice after leaked recordings seemed to show officials tried to cover up a 2011 murder by a police officer.

6 May 2015

Macedonian Police Unleash Water Cannons and Batons on Anti-Government Protesters

Authorities brutally cracked down on people protesting the government's alleged attempts to cover up the murder of a man at the hands of a police officer.

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