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Activist Nathan Law flees Hong Kong as protest slogan outlawed

Fpo - Nathan Law, one of Hong Kong's most prominent young democracy activists, announced Thursday he had fled overseas in response to Beijing imposing a sweeping security law on the city.

Hong Kong Bar Association 'gravely concerned' by security law

Fpo - A sweeping new security law imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing undermines the semi-autonomous city's independent judiciary and stifles freedoms, the city's influential Bar Association has warned.

Australia considering 'safe haven' offer to Hong Kongers

Sydney - Australia is actively considering providing safe haven to Hong Kong residents in response to China's sweeping new security law, it said Thursday, a move likely to further inflame tensions with Beijing.

Beijing says HK security law a 'sword' over lawbreakers' heads

Bejing - The new Hong Kong security law will be a "sword" hanging over the heads of those who endanger national security, with Beijing and city authorities working together to enforce it, China said Tuesday.

China to set up 'security agency' in Hong Kong

Bejing - China will set up a "national security agency" in Hong Kong to oversee a forthcoming new law aimed at cracking down on dissent in the city, state media said on Saturday.

Seoul court names birth father in landmark adoptee ruling

Seoul - A Seoul court on Friday officially recognised a Korean-born adoptee as the daughter of her biological father in a landmark ruling that she described as "momentous".

South Korea adoptee seeks recognition as birth father's child

Seoul - Growing up in Michigan, Korean-born Kara Bos always knew she was adopted. But when she finally located her assumed half-sister, the woman closed the door in her face and called police.

Pompeo criticizes HSBC for backing Hong Kong law

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday took to task HSBC for backing Beijing's controversial security law proposal in Hong Kong, warning of businesses' overreliance on China.

UK banking giants back China's Hong Kong security law

Fpo - British banking giants HSBC and Standard Chartered on Thursday backed China's contentious security law proposal for Hong Kong, which critics fear will be used to stamp out dissent in the city.

Mandatory divorce 'cooling-off' period sparks anger in China

Bejing - Chinese couples seeking a divorce must first complete a month-long "cooling-off" period according to a new law passed Thursday that sparked outrage over state interference in private relationships.

Corruption prosecutions nearly double in China over last year

Bejing - The number of prosecutions related to corruption in China nearly doubled last year, according to a report by Beijing's top prosecutor, as President Xi Jinping ramped up his crackdown on graft.

Sex offenders, bullying and number plates: China's parliament proposals

Beijing - As delegates gather in Beijing for the annual session of China's rubber-stamp parliament, some of them have put forward proposals for laws relating to a wide range of everyday matters.

Divorce, harassment and organ donors: China to debate new civil code

Bejing - Divorce, sexual harassment, organ donations, privacy: China's sweeping first-ever civil code will be debated at its annual parliament meeting in Beijing this week.

Legal employees report lower productivity in COVID-19 world

New data reveals legal employees report lower productivity than other industries during the recent work-from-home mandate. As one of the most heavily impacted groups by the crisis, legal and compliance teams report 16 percent below average productivity.

South Korea raises age of consent from 13 to 16

South Korea has raised the age of consent for sex to 16 from 13 as it seeks to strengthen protection for minors following accusations the existing law on sex crimes was too weak.

Philippines' Duterte threatens martial law-like virus crackdown

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened a martial law-like crackdown to stop people flouting a virus lockdown in the nation's capital.

India to go under total virus lockdown, says PM Modi

New Delhi - India's 1.3 billion people will go under "total lockdown" for 21 days to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday, sparking panic buying.

UK to close schools, put troops on standby as coronavirus deaths rise

London - Britain announced Wednesday it would be closing schools in the coming days and placing 20,000 troops on standby in efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus, as the death toll topped 100.

Canada introduces bill to ban gay 'conversion therapy'

Ottawa - The Canadian government on Monday announced a bill to ban so-called "conversion therapy," which tries to change the sexual orientation of young LGBT people.

Gibraltar divided ahead of abortion referendum

Madrid - Rare divisions have emerged in Gibraltar over an upcoming referendum on easing the tiny territory's draconian abortion laws as a poll published on Thursday suggested 70 percent would vote in favour.

Spain to toughen rape penalties after 'Wolf Pack' case

Madrid - Spain's leftwing government on Tuesday unveiled draft legislation toughening the penalties for rape and requiring explicit consent for sexual acts following a notorious gang rape that shocked the country.

Deadly riots expose India's Hindu-Muslim divide

New Delhi - Gul Mohammad had a flourishing footwear business until masked men armed with crude petrol bombs burnt down his shops during Delhi's sectarian riots, shattering the harmony between Hindus and Muslims in the neighbourhood.

Huawei sues Verizon over alleged patent infringement

Shanghai - Chinese telecoms giant Huawei said Thursday it had filed two lawsuits in Texas courts against Verizon that accuse the US wireless carrier of patent infringement.

Protests in Germany as cabinet passes coal exit law

Berlin - German ministers on Wednesday signed off a law to end coal electricity generation that demonstratorsand environmentalists say does too little, too late.

Singapore denies 'coup de grace' for botched executions

Fpo - Singapore on Wednesday denied claims by a Malaysian rights group that it used a brutal "coup de grace" to finish off botched executions and ordered Yahoo and other sites to correct reports of the matter.

Encryption battle reignited as US govt at loggerheads with Apple

Washington - Apple and the US government are at loggerheads for the second time in four years over unlocking iPhones connected to a mass shooting, reviving debate over law enforcement access to encrypted devices.

US Treasury removes currency manipulator label on China

Washington - The United States on Monday removed the currency manipulator label it imposed on China last summer, in a sign of easing tensions between the economic powers after nearly two years of conflict.

Wanted Catalan takes MEP seat, slams Spanish justice

Strasbourg - Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont joined the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday and denounced Spain, which has issued a warrant for his arrest, for continuing to detain a former ally.

Wanted Catalan takes MEP seat, slams Spanish justice

Strasbourg - Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont arrived at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday and denounced Spain, which has issued a warrant for his arrest, for continuing to detain a former ally.

EU judges join Polish colleagues to protest 'muzzle law'

Warsaw - Hundreds of Polish judges dressed in formal black robes marched in Warsaw on Saturday to protest a draft law aimed at punishing justices who question the government's controversial court reforms.
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