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Pompeo hits Iran, China, Cuba in last-minute sanctions push

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday imposed sanctions on three of his primary targets -- China, Iran and Cuba -- in a last-minute push aimed in part at boxing in President-elect Joe Biden.

US sanctions six pro-China officials over Hong Kong arrests

Washington - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on six officials including Hong Kong's sole representative to China's top lawmaking body over mass arrests of pro-democracy activists in the financial hub.

Lawyer who handled 'Hong Kong 12' case loses legal licence

Bejing - A human rights lawyer who handled the case of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists detained in China had his licence revoked Friday, he told AFP, a move he said was triggered by the sensitivity of the case for Beijing.

Abortion becomes legal in Argentina as Chile starts a debate

Buenos Aires - Argentina on Thursday became one of just a handful of Latin American countries to allow elective abortion, as neighboring Chile initiated its own debate on decriminalizing a procedure denied to most women on the continent.

S. Korea's top court upholds ex-president's 20-year jail term

Seoul - South Korea's top court upheld a 20-year prison sentence for disgraced former president Park Geun-hye on Thursday, in the final ruling over the corruption scandal that brought her down.

China enacts rules to counter 'unjustified' foreign laws

Bejing - China on Saturday introduced new rules to counter "unjustified" laws and measures that other countries might apply to its companies and citizens, as tensions with the United States worsen.

Lockdown-shy Sweden passes pandemic law

Stockholm - Sweden's parliament on Friday passed a pandemic law giving the government new powers to curb the spread of Covid-19 in a country that has controversially relied on mostly non-coercive measures to fight the virus.

The role technology will play in democratizing access to justice Special

Legal firms that embrace a digital-first mentality will be best placed to embrace the challenges that 2021 will deliver, says expert George Psiharis. He shares his thoughts in the transformation of the legal sector.

EU unveils new rules to curb tech giants

Apo - The European Union on Tuesday unveiled tough draft rules targeting tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook, whose power Brussels sees as a threat to competition and even democracy.

Hungary MPs approve package of anti-LGBTQ measures

Budapest - Hungarian MPs on Tuesday approved a package of new measures targeting the country's beleaguered LGBTQ community, the government's latest salvo in defence of "traditional" values.

ICC prosecutor wants full probe into Ukraine war crimes

Den Haag - International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said on Friday that a "broad range" of war crimes were committed in the Ukraine since 2014, as she pushed for a full investigation.

Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai charged under security law

Fpo - Hong Kong media tycoon and Beijing critic Jimmy Lai was charged under a new national security law Friday, accused of colluding with foreign forces, the latest pro-democracy figure targeted under the legislation.

E.Guinea, France brace for UN ruling in property dispute

Den Haag - The UN's top court will rule on Friday in a bitter row centred on a swanky Paris house seized by France as part of a corruption probe into Equatorial Guinea's vice president.

Wounded photographer says Paris protest brought back Syria memories

Paris - An award-winning Syrian photojournalist wounded in a Paris protest against police brutality said Sunday he had suffered a "heavy shock" and the experience had reawoken memories from the civil war in his home country.

French police charged over black man's beating

Paris - Four French police officers were charged Monday over the beating and racial abuse of a black music producer, a case that has outraged France and ramped up pressure on the government to give ground on a controversial security bill.

Award-winning photojournalist injured covering Paris protest

Paris - News outlets including Agence-France Presse joined media rights campaigners Sunday in denouncing the injury of an award-winning Syrian photojournalist during a Paris protest against police brutality.

French protesters clash with police over new security law

Paris - Violent clashes erupted in Paris Saturday as tens of thousands took to the streets to protest against new security legislation, with tensions intensified by the police beating and racial abuse of a black man that shocked France.

Protests over security law as France reels from police violence

Paris - Dozens of rallies are planned Saturday against a new French law that would restrict sharing images of police, only days after the country was shaken by footage showing officers beating and racially abusing a black man.

No, Magna Carta does not allow firms to defy Covid curbs

London - Does Magna Carta supersede England's coronavirus regulations and allow businesses to stay open during lockdowns? In a word, no, but a handful of firms have been standing on their own interpretation of ancient liberties.

Rudy Giuliani, from 'America's Mayor' to Trump's conspiracy monger

New York - The hair coloring melting down the sides of his face while he declared long-dead Venezuelan caudillo Hugo Chavez caused President Donald Trump's election defeat made one thing clear -- Rudy Giuliani is no longer "America's Mayor.

Chinese official backs Hong Kong judicial 'reform' calls

Fpo - A senior Chinese official on Tuesday backed calls to "reform" Hong Kong's judiciary, in a landmark speech signalling Beijing's determination to assert more control over the city's independent legal system.

Germany mulls law to fight labour abuses abroad

Frankfurt Am Main - When German carmakers seek cobalt from Congolese mines or when a chocolatier sources cocoa beans from Ghana, they may soon no longer be able to hide behind their suppliers if it turns out that the producers are using child labour or flouting environmen...

EU chief stands by commissioner attacked by Orban

Apo - The president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen stood by her vice-president Vera Jourova Tuesday, after Hungary's hardline prime minister Viktor Orban demanded her resignation.

Caught out: U.S. Court in ransomware attack Special

A U.S. criminal court has been hit by ransomware, striking at the heart of the administrative infrastructure. This led to Fourth District Court of Louisiana’s website being breached and documents being published online.

Marked for life: South Korea's tattoo artists seek legalisation

Seoul - South Korean tattooist Doy counts Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt and members of K-Pop band EXO among his celebrity clients, but his delicate, detailed designs could land him in prison.

Chile scraps law that discriminated against divorced women

Santiago - Chile's parliament has abolished a long-standing law that discriminated against divorced women, who unlike men, were forced to wait nine months for the right to remarry.

Hong Kong police sift the past to pursue new security law crimes

Fpo - Hong Kong police are using the past words and deeds of government critics to bolster investigations under the city's sweeping new security law, despite the legislation not being retroactive.

China extends Hong Kong legislature by at least a year

Bejing - Chinese lawmakers have extended the term of Hong Kong's Legislative Council by at least a year in order to deal with the vacuum left by postponing the city's elections, state media said Tuesday.

Turkey tightens grip on social media with new law

Istanbul - Turkey's parliament on Wednesday passed a controversial bill giving the government greater control of social media and criticised by human rights advocates as an attempt to increase online censorship.

Aussie student in landmark climate change lawsuit against government

Sydney - An Australian student is suing the government for failing to disclose climate change risks to investors in sovereign bonds, in what lawyers believe is the first case of its kind.
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