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Middle East ban for Hollywood’s Noah epic

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The UAE, Qatar and Bahrain are among Middle Eastern countries banning Hollywood epic Noah as it breaks Islam’s taboo of depicting a prophet.

“There are scenes that contradict Islam and the Bible, so we decided not to show it,” Juma Al-Leem from UAE’s National Media Centre said.

Director Darren Aronofsky‘s film stars Russell Crowe as the ark-building Biblical figure.

Paramount Pictures recently admitted the movie takes “artistic licence”.

“It is important to respect these religions and not show the film,” Mr Al-Leem told the Associated Press.

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Middle East ban for Hollywood’s Noah epic

‘Noah’ banned in several Middle Eastern countries

Film Link: http://www.noahmovie.com/

Anne Frank book vandalism – Japan

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Police in Japan hjapan-superJumboave arrested a man suspected of vandalising copies of Anne Frank’s diaries and related material.

More than 300 copies of the books were found damaged in public libraries and bookshops in the Tokyo area.

The police have not identified the suspect, who is 36 and unemployed, and have yet to establish a motive.

Anne Frank’s diary tells the story of her family’s years of hiding in Amsterdam during World War Two before the Nazis sent them to death camps.

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Japan arrest over Anne Frank book vandalism

Hundreds of Anne Frank Books Vandalized in Japan

Google encrypts search text in China

Friday, March 14th, 2014

indexGoogle has started to encrypt searches made by people in China.

The move is widely seen as a way for users of the search engine to avoid official scrutiny of where they go online, reports the Washington Post.

It is also seen as a reaction to continuing revelations about the extent of surveillance of web browsing habits by the National Security Agency (NSA) .

Google said it was now encrypting all the text involved in searches “by default” around the world.

Users in other countries, such as the US and UK, have had the option to encrypt searches since 2010.

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Google encrypts search text in China

Google Will Start Encrypting Your Searches

Websites of Putin critics blocked in Russia

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Moscow has blocked access to four websites run by opponents and critics of President Vladimir Putin.

The blog of opponent Alexei Navalny, two news sites and one run by Garry Kasparov were blocked on the orders of Russia’s prosecutor general’s office.

In a statement, it said the blocks were imposed because of the sites’ role in helping stage recent illegal protests.

Critics said the blocks were just the latest in a series of moves by Russia’s government to stifle dissent.

The blocks come as Russia’s central bank reported that hackers had targeted its main website. The site, and that of the Kremlin, were briefly unavailable with authorities saying “technical reasons” were making them hard to reach.

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Websites of Putin critics blocked in Russia

Russia Shuts down Anti-Putin Cyber-Activist Alexei Navalny’s Blog