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China jails blogger in online 'rumour' crackdown

Beijing - A Chinese court jailed a blogger for three years on Thursday, state media reported, the first person to be sentenced in a government-led crackdown on so-called Internet rumours.
In the Media by AFP

Turkey's gay groups sound alarm over separate prisons plan

Istanbul - Gay rights groups in Turkey expressed alarm Tuesday at a government-led project to build prisons only for criminals who declare themselves gay, saying it would lead to more discrimination in a largely homophobic country.
In the Media by AFP

N.Korea privatizing illicit economic activity: US group

Pyongyang - A growing black market economy in North Korea is increasingly allowing private citizens to engage in illicit activity that funnels hard currency to the regime, a US-based group said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP

Algeria 'silencing critics' in run-up to polls: Amnesty

London - Amnesty International accused the authorities in Algeria on Monday of silencing critics and stepping up curbs on freedom of expression in the run-up to its presidential election this week.
In the Media by AFP

Jailed China activist defiant as court rejects appeal

Beijing - A prominent Chinese legal activist defiantly denounced a court as "absurd" on Friday as it upheld his jail sentence for supporting anti-corruption protests, his lawyer said.
In the Media by Tom Hancock (AFP)

Jailed China activist defiant as court rejects appeal

Beijing - A prominent Chinese legal activist defiantly denounced a court as "absurd" on Friday as it upheld his jail sentence for supporting anti-corruption protests, his lawyer said.
In the Media by Tom Hancock (AFP)

Op-Ed: Appearance by a lesbian humourist cancelled

Spartanburg - On Monday, the University of South Carolina Upstate announced that they were cancelling an appearance by lesbian humorist, Leigh Hendrix.
In the Media by Eliana Robinson

Spain ex-policeman denies Franco-era torture claim

Madrid - A retired Spanish policeman denied Thursday torturing people during the country's Franco dictatorship and repeated his refusal to be extradited to Argentina for trial on alleged crimes against humanity.
In the Media by Anna Cuenca (AFP)

Morocco's mentally ill await deliverance from their 'demons'

- A thin mist hangs in the air as a handful of troubled souls wander aimlessly around the Bouya Omar mausoleum in central Morocco, the occasional chilling cry rising from behind its walls.
In the Media by Simon Martelli (AFP)

EU court rules that data collection rules violate privacy rights

On Tuesday, a data communications collection requirement was struck down in the European Union and declared invalid, on the grounds that it infringed on basic privacy rights.
In the Media by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti
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