Friday's coverage agenda: Iran votes, China censors, Security Council meets
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• China's Web police. Peter Ford in Beijing sees Chinese are pushing back against a recent government edict that all computers come with internet-filtering software, which it says will screen pornography but could also censor other websites.
• The Susan Boyle effect. Ben Quinn in London notes that Susan Boyle finished second in “Britain’s Got Talent,” but you don’t have to win to be successful. This TV show—and others like it—are becoming the music industry’s premier platforms for launching new talent.
• Ukraine's rising prostitution. James Marson in Kyiv reports that an economic meltdown is resulting in an uptick in women turning to prostitution. A local group, however, is pushing back and working to educate women while also trying to shame foreign customers.
• Cuban embargo. Kristen Chick on our world desk has assembled a briefing page answering basic questions.
• Trashy oceans. Kristen Chick also explains the huge amount of Atlantic debris first mistaken for the Air France crash site.
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