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China targets web control with new national security law

Bejing - China passed a wide-ranging new national security law Wednesday, expanding its legal reach over the Internet and even outer space as concerns grow about ever-tighter limits on rights.

Rally in Madrid against law on right to protest

Madrid - About two thousand people marched to the rhythm of drums in Madrid on Tuesday against a controversial new Spanish law that regulates the right to demonstrate.

EU law bans certain travel selfies that could put you in jail

Brussel - Tourists planning to take "selfies" in front of monuments this summer should careful because it could very well lead to them being arrested.

Chinese who buy abducted children to be prosecuted: Report

Bejing - Buyers of abducted children in China will face criminal punishment under proposed laws that would remove an exemption from prosecution, reports said Thursday, as authorities clamp down on the flourishing child trafficking industry.

Greece votes to grant citizenship to immigrants' children

Atenas - The Greek parliament on Wednesday voted in favour of a law to grant citizenship to immigrants' children who were born and raised in Greece, an issue unresolved for generations.

Tajikistan changes citizenship law amid IS threat

Dushanbe - The parliament of ex-Soviet Tajikistan passed a law Wednesday annulling the citizenship of nationals fighting abroad with militant organisations including the radical Islamic State group active in Iraq and Syria.

Macedonia backs law to cope with flood of migrants

Skopje - Macedonian lawmakers on Thursday amended the country's asylum law in a bid to better cope with the thousands of migrants who have been pouring in the Balkan country, heading towards the EU.

Russia opens fraud probe into MP who opposed Crimea annexation

Moscow - Russia has opened a criminal probe into the only lawmaker who voted against Moscow's annexation of Crimea, accusing him of embezzlement, authorities announced Tuesday.

Interview: Josh Seiter from 'Men of the Strip' opens up Special

Law school graduate Josh Seiter chatted with Digital Journal about being a part of the "Men of the Strip" cast, as well as his previous experience on "The Bachelorette."

Google admits that it 'doesn't always get it right' in Europe

Google has admitted it has messed up in Europe, leading to the strong anti-trust allegations it is faced with now. The company's European chief made the comments in an interview yesterday, saying "As far as Europe is concerned: We get it."

Colombia limits presidents to single term

Estanzuela - Colombia's Congress has voted to bar presidents from seeking re-election, a move backed by President Juan Manuel Santos that undoes a law passed by his predecessor and rival Alvaro Uribe.

Russian NGOs fear fresh crackdown after 'undesirable' law

Moscow - Already branded "foreign agents" while endeavouring to help abuse victims or protect the environment, Russian activists fear a new law against "undesirable" NGOs will further stymie their work.

Russia rights ombudsman slams law on 'undesirable' foreign NGOs

Moscow - Russia's rights ombudsman has slammed a controversial law approved by President Vladimir Putin that allows the authorities to ban international NGOs deemed "undesirable.

EU calls Russia's NGO law a 'worrying step'

Brussels - The EU said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken a "worrying step" by enacting a law banning what Moscow deems to be undesirable non-governmental organisations.

Russia's new 'undesirables' law draws Western ire

Moscow - The European Union joined the United States on Sunday in condemning a Russian crackdown on "undesirable" NGOs, calling it a "worrying step" that would stifle free speech.

U.S. 'deeply troubled' by Russia's NGO law

Washington - The United States said it was "deeply troubled" after Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning what Moscow deems to be "undesirable" non-governmental organizations.

Putin enacts law banning 'undesirable' NGOs

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning "undesirable" non-governmental organisations, the Kremlin said Saturday, in a move condemned by human rights groups across the board.

Artist sells other peoples' Instagram photos for $100k in NYC

An artist is exhibiting and selling other peoples' Instagram photos without permission in New York City right now. With prices reaching as much as $100k, the story is drawing controversy and criticism as a copyright loophole means it could all be legal.

Russian parliament passes bill on 'undesirable' foreign NGOs

Moscow - Russian lawmakers on Tuesday passed a controversial bill allowing authorities to ban foreign NGOs deemed "undesirable" for the state, the latest step in a crackdown condemned by rights activists.

Indian nurse dies after 42 years in coma following rape

New Delhi - A nurse died Monday after 42 years in a coma following a brutal rape, in a case that led India to ease some restrictions on euthanasia.

Russian law targets 'undesirables'

Russian lawmakers are poised to pass legislation empowering national defense officials to target foreign organizations considered out-of-favor with the government.

Dramatic increase in crime on social media sites

There has been a large surge in the number of reported cases of harassment on social media sites including Facebook and Twitter. Police forces have noticed a 20 percent increase in allegations involving these sites with some saying it could be higher.

Through the haze, Paris protesters call for fresh cannabis laws

Paris - Sporting T-shirts and caps printed with marijuana leaves and with joints hanging from their lips, hundreds of people demonstrated in Paris on Saturday as part of a world march calling for the legalisation of cannabis.

Deal to curb US intelligence elusive as June deadline nears

Washington - Many US lawmakers and an array of interest groups want to rein in the government's surveillance programs, aware of public backlash that began with bombshell leaks two years ago.

Hope at last for Croatia war rape victims

- More than two decades and therapy have done little to heal Ana Horvatinec's trauma of wartime rape by her neighbours in the Croatian town of Vukovar."There were six of them...

Muslim-majority Indonesia bans some beer sales

Jakarta - Indonesia on Thursday banned small retailers from selling beer, despite an outcry from the booze industry and in tourism hotspots over the Muslim-majority country's latest offensive against drinking.

Law enforcement closes down massive botnet of 770,000 computers

A worldwide botnet operating in 190 countries and on 770,000 computers has been forced offline by law enforcement groups and private security companies. It stole banking credentials and installed more malware on users' computers.

'Black day' for free speech as Malaysia amends sedition law

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's parliament Friday approved tougher penalties for sedition in a move criticised by the United Nations and described by the opposition as "a black day" for democracy and free expression.

U.S. companies have $2.1 trillion worth of profit stored overseas

The U.S. Congress must find a way to tax offshore profits stored by some of the world's largest corporations. Currently letting their earnings safely mount up abroad, lawmakers are considering a special "deluxe" tax rate to get money from the companies.

Cyprus criminalises 'Armenian genocide' denial

Nicosia - The Cypriot parliament unanimously approved Thursday a law that makes it a crime to deny that mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915 amounted to genocide.
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