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Conflict & Justice

New York City's hijacked hashtag launches a global conversation on police brutality

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When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.

Science, Tech & Environment

The protectors of the world's largest fresh water lake may be put out of business by a Russian court

A citizens' group devoted to protecting Siberia's Lake Baikal, the largest and deepest lake in the world, may be forced to close after being declared a "foreign agent." The court ruling follows a 2012 law forcing any group that gets foreign funding and engages in political activity to register as a foreign agent or face big fines.

Global Politics

It just got even tougher to be gay in Nigeria

Technically, it's been illegal to be gay in Nigeria since the country's independence from Britain in 1960. But the wording was vague and the law was hard to enforce. Now a new law just signed by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan creates an effective dragnet with the ability to arrest any Nigerian who is gay or who supports or advocates on any issues related to homosexuality.