National / International News

LinkedIn changes policy on banned content in China

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-09-18 02:00

Up until now, LinkedIn was blocking posts from its members in China that were deemed sensitive by China’s government—For example, posts about the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, or about Tibetan independence.

Censored content was not only blocked inside of China, but removed from LinkedIn's site worldwide.

In an email to Marketplace, LinkedIn Director of Communications Hani Durzy wrote the company has officially changed its policy so that sensitive content will still be censored inside China, but not on its site outside China.

China social media expert Jeremy Goldkorn says LinkedIn isn’t the first Western company that has bent over backwards to please China’s government in return for access to its market.

“It’s a very difficult environment to navigate, because the lines shift. So today, you might be in a space where you feel comfortable and you feel like you’ve gone out of your way to please the government, but it still might not work," says Goldkorn.

Bloomberg’s a good example. Late last year, the news site killed a story that exposed corruption among China’s leadership.

Despite the kowtow to China’s government, Bloomberg’s site in China remains blocked.


Muslim call for release of hostage

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 01:58
British Muslim leaders call for the immediate release of Alan Henning, the UK hostage threatened with death by Islamic State extremists in Syria.

Fire destroys former hospital site

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 01:48
A derelict hospital building, Dunain House, near Inverness is destroyed by fire on Wednesday night.

Spy claims over absent China envoy

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 01:33
A Chinese newspaper calls for clarification about China's envoy to Iceland, who has gone missing amid rumours he was a Japanese spy.

Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dreams

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-18 01:29

In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.

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Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dared To Dream

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-18 01:29

In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.

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Storm deaths at French camping site

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 01:25
Five people are killed after violent storms unleash a flash flood at a camp site in Herault in southern France.

Ads Get Creative, Even Seductive, To Attract Voters

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-18 01:06

Voting might not be the sexiest thing in the world, but at least one ad campaign encouraging Americans to register is pretty provocative.

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From Coffee To Chicory To Beer, 'Bitter' Flavor Can Be Addictive

NPR News - Thu, 2014-09-18 01:06

If you don't think you like bitter foods, try them again. Jennifer McLagan, the author of Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, is on a mission to change hearts and minds.

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Wartime bombs blown up after seizure

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 01:05
A number of World War One and Two munitions have been detonated by bomb disposal experts after a large haul was found in a house in Hertfordshire.

Clash over car tax disc changes

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 01:03
Motorist organisation, the RAC, and the DVLA have clashed over the policing of car tax with claims of increased evasion amid changes to the system.

VIDEO: Police appeal after art theft attempt

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 01:02
Birmingham Police have asked for help to identify a man caught on CCTV attempting to take a piece of art from a city centre gallery.

UK retail sales rise in August

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 00:52
UK retail sales rose by 0.4% in August compared with the previous month, with sales volumes up 3.9% from a year earlier, official figures show.

VIDEO: ''Golf should be on a par for everybody''

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 00:42
The BBC's Nina Warhurst talks to golfers in Cheshire about a vote by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrew's, Scotland, on admitting women for the first time.

Man killed in early morning crash

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 00:30
A man dies in a road accident in Leven, Fife, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Is sport sexist? Fighting 'inertia'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 00:26
No-contact rules, missed opportunities

Sex attack 'was not preventable'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 00:18
A sex attack by two teenagers on a boy in a cellar in Gloucester could not have been anticipated or prevented, a report finds.

IS 'fuelling UK far-right backlash'

BBC - Thu, 2014-09-18 00:17
Islamic extremism in the Middle East and the Rotherham abuse scandal are fuelling a UK far-right backlash, a Home Office adviser claims.

Murder 'comes naturally' to chimps

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 23:43
A major international study finds that killings among chimpanzees result from normal competition, not human interference.

Nick Cave becomes reluctant film star

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-17 23:41
Nick Cave becomes reluctant film star

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