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Huang Qi, Online Dissident and Rights Advocate in China, Faces Trial

BEIJING — One of China’s most prominent human rights activists, the blogger Huang Qi, went on trial on Monday on charges of leaking state secrets, and American diplomats seeking to attend the proceedings said they had been denied access.The trial has drawn intense international attention, in part because Mr. Huang, 55, has nephritis, a potentially fatal kidney disease. In addition, Mr. Huang’s 85-year-old mother recently traveled from their home in Sichuan Province to Beijing to ask foreign embassies there for help in obtaining his release, but she was reportedly beaten and is now detained in a hospital.American diplomats seeking to attend the trial in the western Chinese…

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Tumblr Fans Abandon Ship as Tumblr Bans Porn

Elle Chase, 49, has run Lady Cheeky, one of the most celebrated pornographic blogs on Tumblr, for eight years.It features short video clips, often focused on female pleasure, that she sources from around the internet. Celebrated by Glamour and Cosmopolitan as a great sex blog for women (Cosmo lauded its GIFs as “classy and smart”), Lady Cheeky has over 200,000 followers and gets two million page views a month.But Ms. Chase will soon have to take her classy GIFs elsewhere.Tumblr announced on Monday that, starting Dec. 17, what it calls “adult content” will no longer be allowed on the website. The company, which is owned by Yahoo,…

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Ally of South Korean Leader Conspired to Rig Online Opinion, Inquiry Finds

SEOUL, South Korea — A close political ally of President Moon Jae-in of South Korea conspired with a team of online bloggers to illegally influence public opinion ahead of Mr. Moon’s election last year, a special counsel said Monday.The special counsel, Huh Ik-bum, whose investigation was authorized by the National Assembly, found no evidence that Mr. Moon himself was involved in the alleged scheme. Mr. Huh also did not determine whether or how much Mr. Moon profited politically from the online operation.But the alleged involvement of Kim Kyoung-soo, one of Mr. Moon’s closest aides, is a political setback for Mr. Moon, who has vowed to set himself…

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