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WeChat: Judge blocks US attempts to ban downloads of Chinese app

Image copyright Reuters A judge has blocked a US government attempt to ban the Chinese messaging and payments app, WeChat. US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said the ban raised serious questions related to the constitution’s first amendment, guaranteeing free speech. The Department of Commerce had announced a bar on WeChat …

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Thailand protests: Thousands join huge rally demanding reforms

Media captionThousands have gathered in the Thai capital for Saturday’s protests Thousands of people have protested in the Thai capital Bangkok calling for reform of the political system, including the role of the monarchy. It was one of the biggest protests in years with at least 15,000 people, police said. …

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Thailand protests: Thousands gather for mass anti-government rally

Image copyright EPA Image caption The country has witnessed almost daily protests since July Protesters have begun gathering in the Thai capital Bangkok, in what organisers hope will be the largest anti-government demonstration so far. The city has seen weeks of almost-daily rallies calling for the prime minister’s resignation. Some …

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Pakistan outcry over police victim-blaming of gang-raped mother

Image copyright FAROOQ NAEEM Image caption Mass protests have rocked all major cities across Pakistan Pakistan is in shock after robbers gang-raped a woman in front of her children near a motorway. But in a country where sexual violence towards women is common, why has this incident caused people to …

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Afghan mothers’ names to be included on children’s ID cards

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Until now, Afghan law dictated that only the father’s name should be recorded on ID cards Afghan mothers will have their names printed on their children’s national identity cards, after a campaign to challenge taboos around women’s names. President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday signed …

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China holds military drill as US envoy visits Taiwan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A file photo of a Chinese People’s Liberation Army warship China says it is conducting military exercises near the Taiwan Strait to “protect its sovereignty” as a top US official visits Taiwan. The live-fire drills take place amid rising tensions between Beijing and Washington, …

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