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U.K. Cracking Down On Porn, Blocking It Unless Users Opt In

The British prime minister says a plan to outlaw "violent" porn and block certain search terms is designed to protect children. Will a crackdown result in less child abuse?

GlaxoSmithKline Embroiled In Bribery Scandal In China

GlaxoSmithKline officials have admitted that some of the pharmaceutical company's top executives in China may have violated Chinese laws. Beijing has accused the company of engaging in a wide-ranging bribery scheme to boost sales and profits in the country. The company said it is cooperating with the investigation.

Duchess Of Cambridge Gives Birth To Boy

Kate Middleton delivered the baby at St. Mary's Hospital in London on Monday. The baby will be third in line to the British throne. Philip Reeves

Royal Baby News Or No? Guardian Lets Web Visitors Decide

The Guardian's U.S. editor in chief, Janine Gibson, discusses how the news organization came up with the idea to let visitors to its website see news about the royal baby or not. You can click on "Royalist" or "Republican." (In the U.S., the choice is "Royalist" or "Not a royalist.") We muse on what this means.

Morsi Family Accuses Egypt's Military Of Kidnapping

Former President Mohamed Morsi has been incommunicado since he was ousted by the military almost three weeks ago. On Monday his son said the family plans to sue the military chief for kidnapping.

Conspiracy Or Bureaucratic Neglect In Egypt?

Popular theory holds that after Mohammed Morsi's ouster, the power came back on and gas lines disappeared because Hosni Mubarak's entrenched "deep state" was deliberately undermining Morsi during his term. More likely, Egypt's large and immovable bureaucracy simply wasn't equipped to deal with the new leadership, which too quickly pushed its own agenda rather than a national one. Analysts say Egypt's experience is a lesson to countries around the region that even when you change the leadership, it's much harder to tackle the deep state that remains.

How An Ethiopian Bean Became The Cinderella Of Coffee

Some of the worst-paid farmers in Ethiopia were able to get their bean to the specialty coffee ball and sell to top U.S. roasters like Stumptown. But it only happened after the growers got organized and attracted the attention of coffee prospectors from the U.S.

Examining Jamaica's Homophobia

Jamaica is known for beaches and warm weather, but for many gay and lesbian people living on the island, it's a place of hatred. A new documentary, The Abominable Crime shines a light on homophobia and anti-gay violence in Jamaica.

Missing Lynx? Cat Is On 'Brink Of Extinction,' Study Says

The "world's most endangered feline species," the Iberian lynx, faces continued pressure because its prey is disappearing. Researchers say the cats need to be introduced to parts of the Iberian peninsula that are higher in altitude and latitude.

They Can Hear You Now: The Global Surge In Cellphone Use

The use of landlines is falling everywhere. Many places in Africa have bypassed landlines entirely in favor of mobile phones. People all over the world are increasingly accessing the Internet on their cellphones.