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Global Quickies: Ghosts, Antivaxxers, and Toilet Paper for Haters

PAKISTAN
Pakistan says it has asked Facebook to help investigate “blasphemous content” posted on the social network by Pakistanis. Facebook has agreed to send a team to Pakistan to address reservations about content on the social media site, according to the interior ministry. […]But Facebook has not yet made any public comment about a delegation being sent to Pakistan.”

BRAZIL
“The acting president of Brazil has reportedly moved out of his official residence because of “ghosts”.
Michel Temer, who has been running the country since Dilma Rousseff was impeached last year, told a Brazilian news magazine that he and his family were leaving the Alvorada Palace because they found it spooky.”

ROMANIA
A measles outbreak in Romania has killed 17 children and infected thousands more since September due to poverty and an anti-vaccination movement, local media reported Saturday.”

JAMAICA
“The co-founder of a new organization that campaigns against gender-based violence in Jamaica has been arrested after posting the names of alleged sexual predators on social media. Latoya Nugent, a prominent LGBT activist and co-founder of the Tambourine Army, was arrested late on Monday and charged with three counts of breaching the country’s Cybercrimes Act.”

ITALY
“Nineteen-year-old Italian fashion blogger Chiara Nasti has come up with a creative way to show ‘haters’ what she thinks of their comments. She printed the abusive messages she had received onto toilet paper.”

SWITZERLAND
“The upper house of parliament has rejected the idea of a nationwide ban on the Islamic face veil and other face coverings.”

ZIMBABWE
“Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court has been urged to speedily conclude a witchcraft case involving a former cabinet minister lest the family perishes from his alleged sorcery before the case is concluded. Former education minister, Aeneas Chigwedere, and his son Mangwiza, are involved in a public spat over the allegations witchcraft, occultism and voodooism.”

Featured image: Chiara Nasti

Daniela

Daniela

Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniela has finally decided to abdicate her post as an armchair skeptic and start doing some skeptical activism. She is currently living in Spain after having lived in the US, Brazil and Italy. You can also find her blogging in Spanish at esceptica.org.

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