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World Press Freedom Day: Don’t shoot the messenger

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As you read this, three Al-Jazeera journalists remain behind bars in Egypt, accused of false reporting and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood. And figures have shown that at least 70 journalists were killed globally in 2013, with 28 dead in Syria. These brave reporters put their lives on the firing line to bring the news to the eyes of the world. 

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Delhi gang rape: Getting rid of the criminals, getting rid of the crime?

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“Society hanged.” By Monica Sarkar

Last week, the Delhi High Court upheld the death sentences of four men accused of raping and murdering a student on a moving bus – a case that caused fervent outrage amongst Indians and led to a subsequent change in anti-rape laws. Although the defence will appeal, many Indians who demanded the death penalty may feel justice is finally being served.

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Keeping chivalry alive in India: Men respond to rape crisis

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Photographed by Aditya Mendiratta http://www.adityamendiratta.com

Many female travelers are scrubbing India off their destination lists after the horrific gang rape and murder of a Delhi student in December 2012.

According to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, 35% less women visited India in the three months after the attack compared to the same period last year.

Since December, rapes have persisted and mass protests have erupted across the country, pointing at inefficiency in dealing with such crimes and an inherent patriarchal nature. But there’s one clear observation from the outcry: some of the voices belong to India’s men.

This article is published on cnn.com – read more here

The day telegrams came to a final STOP

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Source: commons.wikimedia.org

Indians awoke on Monday to find their 162-year-old telegram service rendered obsolete, superseded by SMS, e-mail and Twitter.

Arguably one of the oldest victims of the digital age, telegrams were the fastest communication method from the 19th century.

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Gray wolves no longer endangered but allowed to be killed

Photographed by Bernd Meiseberg

The US Government announced on Friday they have taken gray wolves in Wyoming off the endangered species list.

This follows a successful 20-year breeding programme, after the animals were almost wiped out. But, it means they lose protection and are subject to unregulated killing by hunters and those protecting their livestock.

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Dalai Lama at the University of Westminster, London

Photographed by Alexandra Buerger: http://alexbuerger.wordpress.com

There are many people who are able to draw and hold attention, but very few that can also command peace. The moment the jovial Dalai Lama stepped onto the modest stage at the University of Westminster in London, the entire audience sighed with joy and then silence fell on us all.

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RIP Robin Gibb: Artists that are listened to, instead of being heard

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There appears to be a steady stream of sudden deaths among legendary musicians over the past couple of years or so; Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Nate DoggEtta James, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer and now, the ingenious Robin Gibb (RIP).  

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Who can really be social on social media?

Much is being said about the sky-high success of Facebook, which is worth more than $100 billion and used by 1/8th of the world’s population. Twitter also recently reached 10 million UK users.

But have you ever really thought about the people who make up the communities on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter?

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Falun Gong: Peace or pandemonium?

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Lilach meditating across the road from the Chinese Embassy in London

The Falun Gong 24-hour peaceful protest has continued for almost 13 years outside the Chinese Embassy in London.

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Thich Nhat Hanh: “Life is available only in the present moment”

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Whilst romantic couples exchange roses and gifts in the hub of Piccadilly Circus, another group of people celebrate Valentine’s Day with a different display of affection.

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