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Asian push to crack down on 'fake news' sparks alarm

Kuala Lumpur - Inflammatory stories masquerading as real news pose a particularly toxic threat in Asian countries with long-standing religious and ethnic divides, but promises by some regional leaders to tackle the problem carry equal menace.

Greek court in move to ease conditions on refugee island camps

Atenas - Greece's top administrative court has ruled that asylum seekers should be allowed to move freely around the country, a decision that could alleviate pressure on overcrowded island refugee camps.

'I want my life back': Japan sterilisation victims seek justice

Sendai - Junko Iizuka remembers clearly the day she was taken to a hospital as a teenager and forcibly sterilised under a Japanese government programme.

Philippines' Duterte urges 'fast-track' sacking of top judge

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday lawmakers must "fast-track" the impeachment of the nation's top judge, further stacking the odds against her staying in office.

Twitter: 1 million accounts suspended for 'terrorism promotion'

Washington - Twitter said Thursday it has suspended over one million accounts for "promotion of terrorism" since 2015, claiming its efforts have begun to make the platform "an undesirable place" to call for violence.

Wife of 'vanished' Chinese lawyer marches for answers

Bejing - The wife of a detained Chinese human rights lawyer who has embarked on a 100-kilometre (60-mile) march to highlight his plight said Thursday she did not even know if he was still alive.

Malaysia approves 'fake news' law despite outcry

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's government Monday pushed a law through parliament that makes "fake news" punishable by a maximum six-year jail term despite an outcry from critics worried it will be used to stifle dissent before elections.

UK's Johnson slams claims Brexit campaign broke spending rules

London - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a leading campaigner for Brexit, dismissed as "ludicrous" Saturday allegations that his side broke electoral spending rules during the 2016 EU referendum campaign.

Poland takes step towards stricter abortion law

Warsaw - Polish lawmakers Monday voiced support for a ban on abortions in the event of foetal abnormality, paving the way for further restrictions for women in the mainly Catholic nation that already has some of Europe's strictest termination laws.

Indonesia makes criticising politicians a crime

Jakarta - Indonesians could be jailed for criticising national politicians under a new law which came into force Thursday, in what critics slammed as a major step back for the world's third-biggest democracy.

Florida passes law blocking state investment in Venezuela

Miami - Florida lawmakers on Thursday passed a law prohibiting the US state from investing in companies that have business ties with the Venezuelan government.

Austria mulls pro-smoking bill despite protests

Vienna - Austrian government MPs presented a bill on Wednesday which would continue to allow smoking in bars and restaurants, despite a huge groundswell of opposition.

Denmark to double penalty for crimes in trouble hotspots

Stockholm - The Danish government said Monday it was looking to reduce crime in trouble hotspots by doubling the punishment for offences committed there compared with other areas of the country.

German prosecutors drop case against Facebook

Berlin - German prosecutors said Monday they were dropping a probe into whether Facebook bosses including Mark Zuckerberg were condoning hate speech online.

Morocco adopts law on violence against women

Rabat - The Moroccan parliament on Wednesday, after months of heated debate, adopted a law first drafted five years ago to combat violence against women."Thank God!

Hungary unveils tougher proposed 'Stop Soros' laws

Budapest - The Hungarian government unveiled a tougher version of its package of planned laws targeting NGOs funded by the American billionaire George Soros on Tuesday.

US Congress takes up fate of 1.8 million young immigrants

Washington - The citizenship hopes of 1.8 million immigrants brought to the United States as children hung in the balance Monday as Congress launched debate on the hot-button issue, with President Donald Trump eager to "make a deal" on new legislation.

France hits out at Poland's 'ill advised' Holocaust law

Paris - France criticised on Wednesday Poland's new law that makes it illegal to attribute Nazi crimes to the Polish state, describing it as an "ill-advised" move.

Singapore to amend law after 'showbiz pastor' case

Singapore - Singapore will amend a law that allowed a megachurch pastor to escape a harsher prison term for fraud despite funnelling millions in church funds into his wife's music career, a senior official said Monday, following a public backlash.

Decades after Holocaust, Poles still struggle with role

Warsaw - Seventy-three years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau -- the infamous Nazi death camp which has come to symbolise the Holocaust -- Poles are still struggling to understand their own role in Germany's wartime genocide of European Jews on Polish...

Pro-choice Poles rally nationwide on 'Black Wednesday'

Warsaw - Women's rights groups and pro-choice activists held rallies across Poland on Wednesday to protest moves to further restrict access to abortion in the mainly Catholic country.

Pro-choice Poles protest move towards tighter abortion control

Warsaw - Around 2,000 women gathered Saturday in front of the Polish parliament after lawmakers signalled they may further tighten access to abortions in the mainly Catholic country.

US House passes crucial spying law

Washington - The US House of Representatives passed a crucial surveillance law Thursday that reinforced the ability of the country's spy agencies to intercept and make use of Americans' private communications.

Polish lawmakers reject proposal to ease abortion restrictions

Warsaw - Poland's parliament rejected proposals to ease strict abortion restrictions Wednesday, a year after tens of thousands of black-clad women flooded the streets to prevent the Catholic country from adopting harsher laws.

Tusk says PiS-led Poland only staying in EU for the money

Warsaw - EU President Donald Tusk warned that Poland's right-wing government could try to drive the country out of the European Union if it stops being a net recipient of bloc funding, in an interview published Wednesday.

Berlin to evaluate online hate law as minister falls victim

Berlin - Germany signalled Monday it was open to amending a controversial law combatting online hate speech as the justice minister fell victim to the rules he himself championed.

German justice minister victim of own social media law

Berlin - Germany's justice minister has fallen victim to the rules he himself championed against online social media, as one of his tweets was deleted following several complaints, Bild daily reported Monday.

Legal marijuana off to blazing start in California

Desert Hot Springs - It's the first day that marijuana can be bought and sold legally in California, and store owner Nicole Salisbury's stock of pot edibles is already running low.

Interview with Professor Marina Angel of Temple University Special

Professor Emerita of Law Marina Angel chatted with Digital Journal about being recognized by the Greek-American community for her work to improve social justice for women and minorities.

Italian lawmakers snub vote on divisive citizenship law

Rome - A controversial bill that could grant Italian citizenship to about 800,000 children born in the country if they have spent five years in school was defeated in the Senate, newspapers said Sunday.
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