Beijing is cracking down on social media following a dissident's escape, apparently to U.S. protection. Its response is markedly different from its handling of the scandalous downfall of once-powerful politician Bo Xilai, when rumors were allowed to fly.
Sudan has declared a state of emergency along its border with South Sudan, further raising fears that the two nations are heading toward all out war. Earlier this month South Sudan invaded and briefly occupied Sudan's main oil field. This followed aerial bombardments of South Sudan's border regions by the Sudanese air force.
Saudi Arabia is considering Egypt's request to restore diplomatic ties after the kingdom recalled its ambassador over the weekend. Relations between the two Arab countries are at their lowest point in three decades.
Indonesia has the largest share of the world's mangroves — coastal forests that have adapted to saltwater environments. They play important environmental and ecological roles. The challenge is convincing locals that they benefit more from protecting the trees rather than cutting them down.
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