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Germany suspends treason probe against blog after protest storm

Berlin - Germany's chief prosecutor on Friday suspended a treason probe against Internet security bloggers that had sparked a storm of protest from journalist and politicians.

Google rejects French demand over global right to be forgotten

Paris - Google rejected a French demand to globally apply the so-called right to be forgotten, which requires the company to remove links to certain information about users if asked.

Israel passes law allowing force feeding of prisoners

Jerusalem - The Israeli parliament approved Thursday a law allowing prisoners on hunger strike facing death to be force fed, a spokesman said, sparking criticism from rights groups and medical experts.

Arrests made at Cambodia NGO law protest

Phnom Penh - Cambodian authorities arrested six demonstrators Sunday as they protested against the recent passing of a controversial law regulating non-governmental organisations, officials and a rights group said.

South Korea removes statute of limitations on murder

Seoul - South Korea has removed the time limit on prosecuting murderers, paving the way for further investigation of infamous cold cases, reports said Saturday.

Chris Brown cleared to leave Philippines after bizarre appeals

Manila - Grammy-winning hip-hop star Chris Brown was cleared to leave the Philippines late Friday, an official said, after he was temporarily barred from exiting the country over a row with a powerful religious sect.

China police shoot man dead at construction site dispute

Bejing - Chinese police shot dead one man and injured another during an apparent protest at a construction site in central China, police said on Sunday.

Detained China human rights lawyer confesses: state media

Bejing - A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer has "confessed guilt" a week after being detained in a major crackdown on legal activists, state media said.

Egypt to revise anti-terror media law: MENA

Cairo - Egypt agreed to revise a controversial article of its touted anti-terror law threatening journalists with jail for reporting anything but the official line on jihadist attacks, state media reported.

Egypt looks set to approve disputed anti-terror law

Cairo - Rattled by attacks on its soldiers and the assassination of the top prosecutor, Egypt is set to pass sweeping legislation critics say grants police impunity, censors media and further restricts freedoms.

Egypt may take legal action over 'false' tolls under new law

Cairo - Egypt may take legal action against journalists who report "false" military death tolls in jihadist attacks that contradict official statements, if a new anti-terrorism law is approved, officials told AFP Sunday.

China targets web control with new national security law

Bejing - China passed a wide-ranging new national security law Wednesday, expanding its legal reach over the Internet and even outer space as concerns grow about ever-tighter limits on rights.

Rally in Madrid against law on right to protest

Madrid - About two thousand people marched to the rhythm of drums in Madrid on Tuesday against a controversial new Spanish law that regulates the right to demonstrate.

EU law bans certain travel selfies that could put you in jail

Brussel - Tourists planning to take "selfies" in front of monuments this summer should careful because it could very well lead to them being arrested.

Chinese who buy abducted children to be prosecuted: Report

Bejing - Buyers of abducted children in China will face criminal punishment under proposed laws that would remove an exemption from prosecution, reports said Thursday, as authorities clamp down on the flourishing child trafficking industry.

Greece votes to grant citizenship to immigrants' children

Atenas - The Greek parliament on Wednesday voted in favour of a law to grant citizenship to immigrants' children who were born and raised in Greece, an issue unresolved for generations.

Tajikistan changes citizenship law amid IS threat

Dushanbe - The parliament of ex-Soviet Tajikistan passed a law Wednesday annulling the citizenship of nationals fighting abroad with militant organisations including the radical Islamic State group active in Iraq and Syria.

Macedonia backs law to cope with flood of migrants

Skopje - Macedonian lawmakers on Thursday amended the country's asylum law in a bid to better cope with the thousands of migrants who have been pouring in the Balkan country, heading towards the EU.

Russia opens fraud probe into MP who opposed Crimea annexation

Moscow - Russia has opened a criminal probe into the only lawmaker who voted against Moscow's annexation of Crimea, accusing him of embezzlement, authorities announced Tuesday.

Interview: Josh Seiter from 'Men of the Strip' opens up Special

Law school graduate Josh Seiter chatted with Digital Journal about being a part of the "Men of the Strip" cast, as well as his previous experience on "The Bachelorette."

Google admits that it 'doesn't always get it right' in Europe

Google has admitted it has messed up in Europe, leading to the strong anti-trust allegations it is faced with now. The company's European chief made the comments in an interview yesterday, saying "As far as Europe is concerned: We get it."

Colombia limits presidents to single term

Estanzuela - Colombia's Congress has voted to bar presidents from seeking re-election, a move backed by President Juan Manuel Santos that undoes a law passed by his predecessor and rival Alvaro Uribe.

Russian NGOs fear fresh crackdown after 'undesirable' law

Moscow - Already branded "foreign agents" while endeavouring to help abuse victims or protect the environment, Russian activists fear a new law against "undesirable" NGOs will further stymie their work.

Russia rights ombudsman slams law on 'undesirable' foreign NGOs

Moscow - Russia's rights ombudsman has slammed a controversial law approved by President Vladimir Putin that allows the authorities to ban international NGOs deemed "undesirable.

EU calls Russia's NGO law a 'worrying step'

Brussels - The EU said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken a "worrying step" by enacting a law banning what Moscow deems to be undesirable non-governmental organisations.

Russia's new 'undesirables' law draws Western ire

Moscow - The European Union joined the United States on Sunday in condemning a Russian crackdown on "undesirable" NGOs, calling it a "worrying step" that would stifle free speech.

U.S. 'deeply troubled' by Russia's NGO law

Washington - The United States said it was "deeply troubled" after Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning what Moscow deems to be "undesirable" non-governmental organizations.

Putin enacts law banning 'undesirable' NGOs

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning "undesirable" non-governmental organisations, the Kremlin said Saturday, in a move condemned by human rights groups across the board.

Artist sells other peoples' Instagram photos for $100k in NYC

An artist is exhibiting and selling other peoples' Instagram photos without permission in New York City right now. With prices reaching as much as $100k, the story is drawing controversy and criticism as a copyright loophole means it could all be legal.

Russian parliament passes bill on 'undesirable' foreign NGOs

Moscow - Russian lawmakers on Tuesday passed a controversial bill allowing authorities to ban foreign NGOs deemed "undesirable" for the state, the latest step in a crackdown condemned by rights activists.
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