Kazakhstan election marred by mass arrests

Image copyright EPA Image caption Protesters calling for a boycott of Kazakhstan's presidential election were detained by police Police in Kazakhstan have arrested hundreds of people protesting against a poll to elect the country's first…

Newly restored vintage ship sinks near Hamburg

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The 37m (121ft) schooner had just recently finished a €1.5m (£1.3m; $1.7m) refit A 19th Century ship that had only recently undergone an expensive restoration has sunk in Germany…

Links 6/9/19

Toxic PFAS Chemicals Found in Maine Farms Fertilized with Sewage Sludge The Intercept. I was saying just the other day that stuff was nasty. Turns out there’s more plastic pollution in the deep ocean than…

Snap elections called as Moldova crisis escalates

Image copyright EPA Image caption Protests have been staged in front of Moldova's parliament in recent days Moldova's political crisis has escalated, with an interim president calling snap elections on 6 September. Pavel Filip, who…

Rolling Stone Analysis on Streaming

  What is Happening to Streaming’s Superstars?   My conclusions: 1. The major labels are screwed. 2. Rock isn’t as dead as we think it is. 3. When other genres adopt streaming, hip-hop’s hegemony will…

Huge Hong Kong protest against extradition bill

Image copyright AFP Image caption Critics say the plan will erode the city's judicial independence Tens of thousands of people are marching in Hong Kong against a law critics fear could let China target political…

Gove unveils VAT plans in leadership pitch

Image copyright ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images Michael Gove says he wants to replace VAT after Brexit if he becomes PM, as he continues to face questions about taking cocaine as a young journalist. A Times article…