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A child wears a face mask

Semi-quarantined: Living with the coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong


“The park is half-empty, but we have decided to let our daughter enjoy a few hours of daily sunshine. We are determined not to let ourselves be overwhelmed by fear.”

Russian proposal

In Russia, individuals can now be branded ‘foreign agents’

A man stands outside next to a tent.

Videoblogging shaman walks to Moscow to ‘exorcise’ Putin

Conflict & Justice
Two medical staff wear face masks at hospital.

DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to neighboring Uganda, activating rapid preparedness response

Health & Medicine
Venezuela President Maduro in blue suit holds his hands out and speaks at news conference.

Venezuelans fear ‘Fatherland Card’ may be a new form of social control

Global Politics
Three girls peer over the pew in church in China.

China’s new anti-Christmas campaign leaves citizens celebrating in secret


Christmas is approaching but instead of feeling joyful, many in mainland China have expressed frustration over China’s ideological campaign against Christmas as a Western festival.

A woman walks past tombstones in the Alley of Martyrs memorial cemetery in Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 8, 2012.

Azerbaijani mothers demand promised compensation for their fallen sons

The conflict over the disputed region erupted as the Soviet Union collapsed, and still simmers today. For two months now, approximately 100 mothers of soldiers who died during the Nagorno-Karabakh war have been going from one state institution to another, in search of compensation promised to them by the state.

Twitter bird with Chinese flag colors in a cage.

Crackdown in Beijing: ‘Using Twitter is more dangerous than street demonstrations’


The Dec. 5 release of 42 testimonies collected by China Change, a Chinese human rights advocacy site, details the ordeals of hundreds of Twitter users who have been detained and interrogated by national security police officers since September 2018.

A woman holds a sign in Russian that says "I'm against censorship."

New internet laws in Russia — and US tech giants’ acquiescence — spell trouble for dissenting voices


US tech giant Google has been accused of over-complying with censorship requests from the Russian government, such as removing YouTube videos posted by an opposition figure and a controversial rapper.

A webcomic with two panels depicts a woman telling a story.

An Indonesian defamation law landed this teacher 6 months in jail for documenting her abuser


Indonesia’s Supreme Court sentenced Baiq Nuril Makmun to 6 months in prison for documenting her abuser. But public outrage over the verdict has forced the office of the attorney general to temporarily suspend her imprisonment.