How can I stop this happening please, when I import text from the debian clipboard into emacs like this source text

Remember, most breast lumps are not cancerous, but you don’t know if you don’t ask. 

it appears in the buffer as

Remember, most breast lumps are not cancerous, but you don\u2019t know if you don\u2019t ask

So how can I get rid of all the \u2019, and all characters like that please? This is with emacs and default fonts, on debian jessie.

  • use global search and replace.... – mdpc May 11 '14 at 0:45
  • I've tried that, but they are some kind of special character as they can be deleted with one key-press, and search and replace does not work on them – boudiccas May 11 '14 at 1:39

Probably You have wrong default coding sytem or method. Try the following:

(set-language-environment 'UTF-8)
(setq default-input-method "cyrillic-translit")

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