Thai Activist Dealt 2.5 Years in Prison for Facebook Post

Thai Activist Dealt 2.5 Years in Prison for Facebook Post

An activist in Thailand has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after confessing to posting a BBC article on his Facebook account that has been deemed insulting to the nation's monarchy, a rights group said Tuesday. Jatupat Booyapatraksa, 26, was found guilty Tuesday of violating the country's strict lèse-majesté law, which criminalizes all perceived insults to royal family, a representative of Thai legal monitoring group iLaw tells TIME.

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Archaeologists discover three ancient tombs in Egypt

Archaeologists discover three ancient tombs in Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered three tombs that date back around 2,000 years in southern Egypt. They were found in burial grounds in the Al-Kamin al-Sahrawi area in Minya province, south of Cairo. The tombs contained a collection of different sarcophagi, or stone coffins, as well as clay fragments.

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For 18 Hours, Cabbie Sat Dead in Front Seat

For 18 Hours, Cabbie Sat Dead in Front Seat

At 12:34 p.m. last Tuesday, a taxi driver named Mehari Bokrezion pulled into an empty spot next to a basketball court in SoHo in Manhattan, beneath a sign that told cabbies they could park for an hour and get some relief. He closed his eyes. Soon, he took his last breath.

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Poor Ontario families getting poorer: new report

Poor Ontario families getting poorer: new report

The poorest families in Ontario are earning less than they were in 2000, while during the same period richer families have watched their income grow, according to a new economic report. The analysis by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) describes an increasingly "polarized" Ontario labour market that is shifting away from stable manufacturing jobs to more precarious service sector work and rewarding higher-earning families while punishing poorer ones.

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Nearly a Billion People Still Defecate Outdoors. Here’s Why.

Nearly a Billion People Still Defecate Outdoors. Here’s Why.

A farmer in Peepli Khera heads into a sugarcane field to defecate, carrying a container of water to rinse with. In his village, north of Delhi, only one family has a toilet. The others go in the fields—men on one side of the village, women on the other.

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Brexit: UK suggests ‘temporary customs union’ with EU

Brexit: UK suggests 'temporary customs union' with EU

The government says it will propose an "innovative and untested approach" to customs checks as part of its Brexit negotiations. The model, one of two being put forward in a newly-published paper, would mean no customs checks at UK-EU borders. The UK's alternative proposal – a more efficient system of border checks – would involve "an increase in administration", it admits.

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