Egypt's top media regulator on Tuesday put into effect tighter restrictions that allow the state to block websites and even social media accounts with over 5,000 followers if they are deemed a threat to national security. The move is the latest step by the government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to suppress dissent. In recent years, Egypt has launched an unprecedented crackdown on reporters and the media, imprisoning dozens and occasionally expelling some foreign journalists. The… Read Full Article
Unknown attackers shot dead a well-known Costa Rican activist who defended land for the Bribri indigenous people in the Central American country, the government said on Tuesday. Sergio Rojas was at his home in the indigenous territory of Salitre, about 200 km (124 miles) south of the capital, San Jose, when the attack happened late on Monday, the office of President Carlos Alvarado said in a statement, calling the killing "regrettable." Costa Rica has 24 indigenous territories inhabited by… Read Full Article
Hundreds of thousands of people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi could be affected, UN says.
Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it would spend 86 billion riyals ($23 billion) to boost the quality of life in the capital Riyadh, increasing green space and recreational areas and installing 1,000 works of art across the city. The four projects unveiled are part of efforts to open up Saudis' cloistered lifestyles, encourage physical activity and make life more fun in the conservative kingdom, alongside reforms to diversify the economy away from oil. They are the latest in a series of planned… Read Full Article
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says President Vladimir Putin's decision to annex Crimea, which occurred five years ago this week, has come at a significant financial cost to Russian citizens and a large political cost to the president himself. "Putin, in order to strengthen his personal power, sacrificed the interests of a huge number of people," Navalny recently told VOA's Russian Service, citing data from Russia's Economic Development Ministry that show real disposable incomes… Read Full Article
Next fall, the freshman class at New York City's top public high school will include seven black students out of 895. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with New York Times reporter Eliza Shapiro about the disparity.
Two former Russian athletics officials are alleged to be involved in the doping cover-ups.
A Mexican man died in U.S. custody Monday, a day after border patrol agents detained him near El Paso, Texas. Following a medical evaluation March 17, the same day he was apprehended for "illegal re-entry after a prior deportation," the 40-year-old man was taken to a hospital with "flu-like symptoms, liver failure and renal failure," according to a news release Tuesday from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The man died March 18. His name was not released. An office within CBP will… Read Full Article