China: Why are authorities blurring men’s ears?

In the latest episode of the popular Chinese reality TV show “I, Actor,” the young star’s face is digitally altered to blur out his earrings. Jing, who held lead roles in Chinese box office hits “Monster Hunt” and “Time Raiders,” is not the only victim of the alleged “earring ban.” Images circulating on Weibo, China’s…

Blast at leaking Mexico pipeline kills 20 and injures dozens

Image copyright Getty Images An explosion at a leaking oil pipeline has killed at least 20 people and injured dozens in central Mexico. Local residents were scrambling to steal some of the leaking oil when they were engulfed in flames, said Hidalgo state governor Omar Fayad. Fifty-four people have been taken to hospitals with burns,…

Zimbabwe shuts down internet as UN slams military crackdown

After several hours, networks were restored, but social media platforms remained blocked, Econet Wireless said in a notice to its customers. It meant that people in Zimbabwe have not been able to access any social media sites such as WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook throughout the week. The shutdown comes as the military was accused of…

‘Why Sudan is shooting medics’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some protesters wear masks as protection from tear gas Doctors in Sudan are emerging as a leading force in a wave of anti-government protests, but they are paying a price for their defiance. On Thursday, witnesses say a doctor was killed by the security forces amid demonstrations in the capital,…

Kiah Morris case: How far do free speech protections go in the US?

Image copyright Alamy Absolutely central to the US Constitution is the right to free speech. But how far can it be extended, in comparison with the UK? Kiah Morris was the only black woman in the Vermont legislature – until she quit in September after two years of abuse. This week, the state’s attorney general…