With little else to rely on, refugees turn to Twitter to detail harsh treatment

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Australia’s offshore detention centres have long been a secretive, carefully guarded operation.

For those who remain inside them, smartphones and social media have been the main way to tell stories of their plight, as governments remain reticent on who is responsible for them and journalists struggle to gain access to the sites.

The situation has come to a head lately with the closure of the Australian-run Manus Island Regional Processing Centre in Papua New Guinea at the end of October. 

Home to more than 400 asylum seekers, the facility saw many refusing to leave for a new centre which is prone to attacks from the local community and is still under construction, as documented by the UNHCR. Read more…

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New Huawei Mate 10 Pro render emerges, reveals an interesting detail

The announcement event for Huawei’s new Mate 10 series is just around the corner, and, unsurprisingly, a barrage of leaks are heralding its arrival. 

Little is left to the imagination from what has surfaced so far – we already know that the lineup will feature multiple devices, we are aware of the majority of their most important specs, and even their visual appearance. Granted, some of this information is unofficial, but the sources from which it came from have proven to be trustworthy. 
One of these sources is …

Magnificent portraits record early 20th century Norwegian villagers in stunning detail

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c. 1912-1920

A wedding.

IMage: Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane

Olai Fauske was born in 1887 to a farming family in the Norwegian county of Sogn og Fjordane. With chronic health problems and no inheritance rights to the family farm, he decided to start a career as a photographer.

After training in Bergen, he set up a business in the small town of Førde, where he worked until his death in 1944.

He traveled around the district of Sunnfjord, producing landscapes and postcards that he sold both to locals and far-flung emigrants who missed the vistas of their home country.

As the only photographer in the Førde area, Fauske was commissioned to document weddings, funerals, family portraits, and other notable events, from seasonal celebrations to the capture of a particularly large halibut, all on exquisitely detailed glass plate negatives. Read more…

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