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Chinese woman ‘detained’ after tossing ink on Xi poster: activists

A woman who live-streamed herself throwing ink onto a picture of Chinese President Xi Jinping has been detained, according to activists who accuse authorities of suppressing speech to protect a “cult of personality” around the country’s leader. The US-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) activist network said authorities have also taken the woman’s father and a Chinese…

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Facebook shielding far-right activists, under-age accounts: Report

London, July 17 (IANS) Moderators at Facebook are protecting far-right activists, preventing their Pages from being deleted even after they violate the rules set up by the social media giant, the media reported. The process called “shielded review” was uncovered by Channel 4 Dispatches – a documentary series that sent an undercover reporter to work as a content moderator in ...

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UK To Start Launching Rockets From Scottish Spaceport In 2020s

The UK Space Agency has announced that Britain will be getting its very own launch pad, set to open in the early 2020s, IFL Science reports. The agency announced Sunday that the spaceport would be located in Sutherland, a remote peninsula on Scotland’s north coast. Initial funding of $3.3 million has been given to the Highlands and Islands Enterprise to ...

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Prime Minister Avoids Defeat After Making Concessions To Brexit Hardliners

British Prime Minister Theresa May has narrowly headed off a rebellion in the House of Commons from Conservatives in favor of the United Kingdom remaining in the European Union who were unhappy that she had accepting Brexit hardliners’ amendments to the customs bill, The Guardian reports. The government majority was reduced to just three votes on the two most controversial ...

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Muslims in China’s ‘Little Mecca’ fear eradication of Islam

Green-domed mosques still dominate the skyline of China’s “Little Mecca”, but they have undergone a profound change — no longer do boys flit through their stone courtyards en route to classes and prayers. In what locals told AP they fear is a deliberate move to eradicate Islam, the atheist ruling Communist Party has banned minors under 16 from religious activity ...

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