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China to further tighten control of microblogs

BEIJING — A senior Chinese propaganda official has said real-name registration for the nation’s hugely popular microblogs will be expanded, as authorities tighten their grip on the web amid fear of unrest. Beijing, Shanghai and the southern province of Guangdong have recently ordered new users of weibos — microblogs similar…

China city tightens control of microblogs

Shanghai will require microblog users to register under their real names from Monday, state media said, the latest local government in China to implement the rule after a spate of violent protests. Beijing and the southern province of Guangdong have also ordered users of weibos — microblogs similar to Twitter — to register using their real…

‘Space ball’ drops on Namibia

A large metallic ball fell out of the sky on a remote grassland in Namibia, prompting baffled authorities to contact NASA and the European space agency. The hollow ball with a circumference of 1.1 metres (43 inches) was found near a village in the north of the country some 750 kilometres (480 miles)…

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