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July 09 2015

How Do You Bring Electricity to 620 Million People?

Sub-Saharan Africa needs a more reliable energy supply. The way it chooses to meet that need will affect the entire planet.

Hong Kong's Taxis Drivers Go Head-to-Head With Car-Hire Apps for Passengers

Taxi drivers are pressuring the city's government to crack down on unlicensed ride-hailing services like Uber and GoGo Van. But passengers think these car-hire alternatives have lots of perks.

July 08 2015

BREAKING: Three Ethiopian Journalists Freed From Prison, But Others Remain Behind Bars

Alongside an outpouring of joy and disbelief over the bloggers' release, supporters urged each other to keep "tantrummin" until there are no more journalists jailed in Ethiopia.

As Typhoon Season Approaches, Families Displaced Last Year Still Await Permanent Shelter in the Philippines

"To lose my children is hard enough. All I wish now is that the government takes care of the shelter so I can start over again."

For Arab Human Rights Defenders, Hacking Team Files Confirm Suspicions of State Surveillance

"Rights groups knew Egypt using Hacking Team spyware since 2012; Sunday's hack just proved it," says Egyptian activist Ramy Raoof.

A Driver's-Eye View of Uber in China

Despite a crackdown on ride-hailing apps, many still see Uber as worth the risk. For drivers, the pay is high. For passengers, the fare is cheaper than similar Chinese services.

The Aymara Indigenous University, a Path Towards Helping Native Communities in Bolivia

A citizen journalism project provides students from the Aymara Indigenous University of Bolivia "Túpac Katari" the opportunity to write about their experiences in this unique university.

Mass Protests Halt Ecuador's Proposed Tax Hikes

Pope Francis' visit to Ecuador, coupled with anti-government protests, have temporarily delayed the president's mission to impose new taxes on inheritances and capital gains.

More Than 100 People Have Been Killed Extrajudicially This Year in Bangladesh

"We do not know what was done with my father. We do not know whether he is alive or dead. There is no progress in the case."

Russian Consumer Group Raises Hell by Warning Tourists Against Traveling to Crimea

After a consumer rights group published a memo warning tourists of the legal risks inherent in traveling to "occupied" Crimea, the Russian police crackdown on the group has been swift.

An Unexpected Reunion 20 Years After the Srebrenica Massacre in Bosnia

Maksim risked his life to help his friend Jakub during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Twenty years later, Maksim reunites with Jakub’s wife Šehida for the first time.

The Impossible Dream of Having an Apartment of One's Own in Hong Kong

Even if you were to win the city's biggest lottery game, your share of the prize money might not be enough to buy an apartment.

July 07 2015

Russian Police Want to Save Your Life With This Selfie Safety Guide

An Interior Ministry selfie safety microsite has caused a stir on the RuNet because of an infographic created for the campaign, outlining the riskiest scenarios for selfie-taking.

Edom Kassaye: An Ethiopian Journalist Jailed for Her Integrity

"I believe it was Edom’s willingness to bring about change in Ethiopia’s polarized political environment that suggested an affinity between her and the Zone9 blogging collective. We shared common principles."

African Startups Win FinTech for Agriculture 2015 Competition

Two African startups have emerged winners of a regional competition organised by Village Capital: Village Capital today announced the first winners of its innovative program, East Africa: FinTech for Agriculture 2015. The program supports entrepreneurs in making financial services more affordable and accessible for smallholder farmers and other underbanked individuals...

July 02 2015

Design Better Products Using These Seven Tips From SongWriting

June 11 2015

Russia Moves Forward on ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Bill Despite Industry Protests

Lawmakers insist on adopting the new legislation that would require search engines in Russia to delete links to information and content online based on user requests.

Zambian Musician Charged Over Song Lampooning President Edgar Lungu

A musician has been taken to court for a song depicting the Zambian president, known for drinking habits, ascending to power with a suitcase full of Jameson whisky.

In a Music Video, Refugees Say Thanks to Brazil for Welcoming Them

There are 7,700 people from 81 countries with refugee status in the country, according to the Brazilian National Committee for Refugees.

Displaced by Fighting in Northern Myanmar, Thousands Continue to Live in Makeshift Camps

"Many elderly persons and some others are suffering from mental trauma, they feel hopeless. The number of students who no longer want to continue their education has increased"
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