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Global Quickies: Ritual Killings, Honor Killings, and Restraining Orders Against God

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CHINA (From cerberus40)
“China has launched an investigation into search giant Baidu after the death of a student who tried an experimental cancer therapy he found online.” “Chinese people were already annoyed that Baidu sold off search positions, but when it became a life and death matter it has enraged them.”

INDONESIA
“A brutal crime that snuffed out the life of a bright student has shocked Indonesia and galvanized public demand for the leaders of the world’s most populous Muslim nation to take violence against women seriously.”

CANADA
Nine years of censorship: Canadian scientists are now allowed to speak out about their work — and the government policy that had restricted communications.

ZAMBIA
A recent surge in ritual killings has led to riots and xenophobia.

PAKISTAN
“A teenage girl was kidnapped, drugged, put in a van and set alight in an alleged “honour killing” by a tribal council in a Pakistani village after helping a friend elope, police have said.”

ISRAEL
“An Israeli man has petitioned for a restraining order against God, claiming the almighty has been particularly unkind to him over the years and that the police are unable to do anything.“

CHINA
“Chinese live-streaming services have banned people filming themselves eating bananas in a “seductive” fashion.”

UK
“The father of a 17-year-old student is campaigning to change Britain’s banks because he cannot find one that will give his child, who identifies as genderqueer and non-binary, an account – because all the online application forms require customers to be either male or female.”

Featured image: Bananas, by photographer Steve Hopson.

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