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Germany's Gay Pride march celebrates same-sex marriage law

Berlin - Tens of thousands of people marched through Berlin for the annual Gay Pride parade on Saturday, just weeks after Germany's parliament legalised same-sex marriage.This year's march had as its official theme the fight against the far right.

Russia backs bill to strip 'terrorists' of citizenship

Moscow - Russian MPs on Wednesday passed a law to strip naturalised citizens of passports for offences classed as "terrorism" following a deadly April suicide bombing in the Saint Petersburg metro.

Controversial French anti-terror bill clears hurdle

Paris - A controversial bill to toughen France's security laws cleared its first hurdle late Tuesday when the conservative-dominated Senate approved the legislation by a majority.

Boxed in: S.Korea child law sees more babies abandoned

Seoul - The young woman laboured up the steps, past brightly decorated walls akin to a child's nursery, her daughter in her arms. Opening a hatch in the wall, she put her inside, turned around and walked away.

Did Donald Trump Jr break US law?

New York - Did Donald Trump's eldest son break US law in meeting a Russian lawyer he hoped would dish compromising dirt on the woman standing between his father and the White House?Could the 39-year-old real estate scion be charged with treason?

Qatar seeks 'siege' compensation for firms, citizens

Doha - Qatar on Sunday announced it was establishing a committee to pursue compensation claims potentially worth billions of dollars over the country's "blockade" by Gulf states.

Trump's Indonesian business partner summoned over alleged threats

Jakarta - US President Donald Trump's Indonesian business partner has been questioned by police over alleged threats against a public prosecutor, officials said Friday.

Poland approves restrictions on morning-after pill

Varsovia - Poland's President Andrzej Duda approved on Friday a new law limiting access to the morning-after pill in the devoutly Catholic country, which already has one of the EU's most restrictive abortion rules.

Germany expands surveillance of encrypted message services

Berlin - Germany on Thursday passed a controversial new law that expands the power of authorities to spy on the content of encrypted message services such as WhatsApp and Skype.

Germany ends state funding for far-right NPD party

Berlin - German lawmakers voted Thursday to cut off public financing for extremist parties, a measure targeting the far-right NPD after two failed attempts by parliament to ban it.Under German law, every political party receives funding from the state.

Japan passes controversial anti-terror law despite protests

Toukyo - Japan passed a controversial anti-terror law Thursday that critics warned would stomp on privacy rights and lead to over-the-top police surveillance.

Japan passes controversial anti-terror law despite protests

Toukyo - Japan passed a controversial anti-terror law Thursday that critics warned would stomp on privacy rights and lead to over-the-top police surveillance.

Japan passes controversial anti-terror law despite protests

Toukyo - Japan passed a controversial anti-terror law Thursday that critics warned would stomp on privacy rights and lead to over-the-top police surveillance.

Rwanda genocide shaped me, Congolese ex-rebel tells court

Den Haag - A former Congolese rebel commander told war crimes judges Wednesday the "horrific events" he saw during Rwanda's 1994 genocide shaped him to vow to do everything he could to prevent "it happening again".

Costa Rica says no to animal cruelty

San Jos - Thousands of animal lovers packed a major San Jose avenue Sunday, many with pups in tow, to celebrate Costa Rica's new animal cruelty law and its fines and jail time for violators.

Hungary MPs to vote on controversial NGO law next week

Budapest - Hungary's parliament will vote on June 13 on a new law regulating non-governmental organisations (NGOs) receiving support from abroad which critics say is designed to stigmatise and intimidate civil groups.

Yangon authorities sue Muslims for praying in the street

Yangon - Yangon authorities on Friday sued three Muslim men for holding Ramadan prayers in the street, after the local school where they used to worship was shut down by a nationalist mob.

Yangon authorities sue Muslims for praying in the street

Yangon - Yangon authorities on Friday sued three Muslim men for holding Ramadan prayers in the street, after the local school where they used to worship was shut down by a nationalist mob.

Yangon authorities sue Muslims for praying in the street

Yangon - Yangon authorities on Friday sued three Muslim men for holding Ramadan prayers in the street, after the local school where they used to worship was shut down by a nationalist mob.

Japan parliament passes emperor abdication law

Toukyo - Japan's lower house of parliament passed a bill Friday that allows ageing Emperor Akihito to step down, as it also called for a rare debate on the role of women in the male-dominated monarchy.

Hungary defies EU on law threatening Soros-founded university

Budapest - Hungary will not change a controversial higher education law a government official said Thursday, despite an EU threat of legal action over fears it targets a prestigious university founded by US billionaire George Soros.

Japan cabinet approves bill allowing emperor's abdication

Toukyo - The Japanese government on Friday approved a one-off bill allowing ageing Emperor Akihito to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne, in the first such abdication in two centuries.

Colombia government sees peace setback in court ruling

Estanzuela - Colombia's government and FARC rebel force warned that a court ruling on their recent peace accord threatens to disrupt efforts to seal an end to a half-century civil war.

US Supreme Court deals blow to 'discriminatory' voting law

Washington - The US Supreme Court on Monday dealt a severe blow to a North Carolina voting law widely seen as discriminating against African Americans.

Czech PM delays tendering resignation until mid-May

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has postponed handing over his resignation to the president until later this month in a bid to hammer out a deal that would allow his three-party coalition to survive without him at the helm.

Japan's 'peace constitution' under pressure at 70

Toukyo - Japan's American-written "peace constitution" has survived unchanged for 70 years, but nationalists seeking an overhaul are gearing up for a major new push as concerns grow over North Korean belligerence.

Japan's 'peace constitution' under pressure at 70

Toukyo - Japan's American-written "peace constitution" has survived unchanged for 70 years, but nationalists seeking an overhaul are gearing up for a major new push as concerns grow over North Korean belligerence.

Japan's 'peace constitution' under pressure at 70

Toukyo - Japan's American-written "peace constitution" has survived unchanged for 70 years, but nationalists seeking an overhaul are gearing up for a major new push as concerns grow over North Korean belligerence.

Turkey rejects referendum challenges as activists detained

Istanbul - Turkey's election authority on Wednesday rejected opposition requests to cancel a referendum that boosted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's authority as police detained activists over street protests following the contested poll.

Turkey rejects referendum challenges as activists detained

Istanbul - Turkey's election authority on Wednesday rejected opposition requests to cancel a referendum that boosted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's authority as police detained activists over street protests following the contested poll.
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