China blocks WhatsApp services as censors tighten grip on internet

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Photo, video and voice messages have all been censored although text messages using the Facebook-owned app are getting through China has partially blocked the popular messaging service WhatsApp, as authorities tighten their grip on the internet ahead of a major leadership reshuffle in Beijing. Photo, video and voice messages sent by the Guardian from Beijing […]

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MH370 search maps shed light on remote depths of Indian Ocean

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Australian team failed to find missing Malaysia Airlines plane but images show ocean floors mountains, rift valleys and shipwrecks in unprecedented detail Detailed ocean-floor maps made during the one of the worlds greatest aviation mysteries. However, information gathered during painstaking surveys of some 120,000 sq km (46,000 sq miles) of the remote waters west of […]

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Paris’s Pompidou Centre to open gallery in Shanghai

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The modern art gallery, which also plans to open branches in South Korea and Belgium, has been in talks for more than a decade with China The regarded as the second most important in the world after the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/19/pariss-pompidou-centre-to-open-gallery-in-shanghai

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Oh, bother: Winnie the Pooh falls foul of Chinese internet censors

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Search blackout may be linked to clampdown on unflattering meme comparing president Xi Jinping with AA Milne character Has Winnie the Pooh done something to anger Chinas censors? Some mentions of AA Milnes loveable but slow-witted bear with a weakness for honey have been blocked on Chinese social networks. Authorities did not explain the clampdown, […]

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Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world

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The long read: Its not just a populist backlash many economists who once swore by free trade have changed their minds, too. How had they got it so wrong? The annual January gathering of the World Economic Forum in Donald Trump, who vowed to withdraw from major trade deals, appeared to jeopardise the trading relationships […]

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Liu Xiaobo: Angela Merkel calls on China to show humanity to ailing activist

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German chancellor joins chorus of international condemnation, saying she finds Beijings refusal to let dying Nobel laureate leave country depressing Angela Merkel has urged Chinas leaders to show some humanity as international condemnation intensifies of their refusal to allow the critically ill Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo to be moved from the country for treatment. After […]

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