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China’s Weibo reverses gay content ban after outcry | Al Jazeera English

A public outcry in China forced its most popular social media network to reverse a decision to ban online gay content. Sina Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, caused a backlash when it blocked videos and comics relate...

Why is gang rape rampant in India? | Inside Story

More than 40,000 rapes are reported in India every year. With every rape case, calls for tougher laws raise, but that didn't seem to have worked. Every so often one will get widespread media attention and prompt angry pr...

Israel’s Gaza blockade blamed for water crisis | Al Jazeera English

Clean drinking water is a luxury in Gaza. Waste treatment plants cannot work at full capacity because of electricity and fuel shortages which means sewage is pumped direct into the Mediterranean Sea. Israel's 10-year blo...

Why did Pakistan’s Geo TV go dark? – The Listening Post (Lead)

Early last month, Pakistan's Geo TV went black and remains off the air across much of the country and no one in a position of authority is saying why. Government ministers and the broadcasting regulator have denied any i...

Tanzania law for online content ‘threatens free speech’ | Al Jazeera English

Tanzania’s government has approved a new law that regulates content online. Bloggers, social media influencers and online platforms will now have to apply for a license and pay a fee of 930 US dollars if they want to kee...

OPCW inspectors probe Douma attack | Al Jazeera English

Investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have arrived in Syria to begin their work. More than 85 people died in the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma eight days ago after an alleged chemical...

Massive Barcelona protests over separatists’ rebellion charges | Al Jazeera English

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Barcelona to demonstrate against the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders for their role in last year's secession referendum. Spanish authorities intend ...

Somalia-UAE tensions escalate after plane stopped in Puntland | Al Jazeera English

Somali officials reportedly grounded a United Arab Emirates plane in Somalia after Emirati military instructors on board refused to allow a search of their baggage. Last week, the Somali government had seized almost $10m...

Can Arabs solve their problems? | Inside Story

Arab heads of state discussed a wide range of issues from the wars in Yemen and Syria to Israel's role in the UN Security Council. But they were clear about what they will not be talking about. The air strikes by the US,...

Buenos Aires: Over 700,000 live in Argentina’s biggest slums | Al Jazeera English

Buenos Aires, Argentina, is one of South America's largest capitals. Just like many other big cities, many people here live in slums. Now, the government there is trying to integrate the slums into the rest of the city, ...

India’s ‘Aadhaar’ database and challenges of reporting it | The Listening Post

In January 2018, a local paper in the western Indian state of Punjab, The Tribune, published an article revealing that the private details of millions of Indians - gathered under the Aadhaar scheme - could be bought, che...

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