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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.

China mulls law to punish those who 'slander heroes and martyrs'

Bejing - China is considering a law that would punish those who "insult or slander heroes and martyrs," according to a report Friday from the country's top legislature.

Sweden proposes tougher rape laws after #MeToo wave

Stockholm - The Swedish government proposed on Thursday a law that would make any involuntary sex rape, even without explicit threats or violence, after the country was rocked by the #MeToo campaign denouncing sexual harassment and assault.

Pope ignores abuse scandal in condolences for US cardinal

Vatican City - Pope Francis paid his respects to the late US Cardinal Bernard Law on Wednesday, without mentioning the sex abuse scandal that forced the once-influential church figure to resign, an omission bound to rile victim associations.

Poland election chief says reforms threaten free vote

Warsaw - Amendments to Poland's electoral law pushed through parliament by the rightwing government will put free elections at risk by handing the interior minister new powers, the national electoral commission said Friday.

Italy adopts 'living wills' despite church opposition

Rome - Catholic Italy adopted a law Thursday which will allow patients to refuse life-prolonging treatment despite opposition from the Church, which warned it was a dangerous step towards assisted suicide.

Lawyer demands to see Egypt president hopeful after 'deportation'

Cairo - A lawyer for former Egyptian premier and presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq on Sunday demanded access to him after he was reportedly deported from the United Arab Emirates to his homeland.

Pakistani couple murdered in 'honour killing'

Karachi - Pakistani police have exhumed the bodies of a couple believed to have been murdered and hastily buried by their families after they eloped, in the country's latest "honour killing" case.

French consent law in the dock over sex with 11-year-olds

Paris - In most developed countries, the age of sexual consent is a fairly straightforward matter.Not so in France, which is in the midst of a furious debate over the issue after a man in his twenties was acquitted of raping an 11-year-old girl.

Russian MPs back law targeting foreign media

Moscow - Russian MPs on Wednesday backed new legislation that could force foreign media outlets to register as "foreign agents" in a reciprocal response to US pressure on Kremlin-backed TV channel RT.

Russian MPs back law targeting foreign media

Moscow - Russian MPs on Wednesday backed new legislation that could force foreign media outlets to register as "foreign agents" in a reciprocal response to US pressure on Kremlin-backed TV channel RT.

Russia could target any foreign media under new law: MP

Moscow - Russia would be able to list any foreign media outlet as a "foreign agent" under new measures expected to be approved Wednesday, a lawmaker said, as Moscow responds to US pressure on the Kremlin-backed RT channel.

A South Korean 'Dreamer,' standing up to Trump

Los Angeles - Jiho Yu feels "like a prisoner" in the United States, the country she calls home, but cannot leave.

Kenya's contentious electoral amendments pass into law

Nairobi - A controversial set of amendments to Kenya's electoral act became law on Thursday, just days after a divisive presidential poll boycotted by the opposition.

France says 20 under house arrest under new anti-terror law

Paris - French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Wednesday that about 20 people would be held under house arrest under a controversial anti-terror law that went into effect this week.
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