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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.

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.

'Microdosing' trend has Americans tuning in with psychedelics

Washington - After a litany of prescriptions failed to control her stormy mood swings and deep depression, writer Ayelet Waldman finally found relief in a blue vial of diluted LSD.

University protests 'secondary' to migration: Hungary PM

Budapest - Facing protests at home and abroad over controversial new laws on universities and nongovernmental organisations, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said protests were "secondary theatres of conflict" compared to his battle against immigration.

Egypt faces uphill battle against corruption

Cairo - When Egyptian real estate developer Hassan tried building an apartment block without paying bribes, officials stalled the project, going so far as to suggest there were ancient relics beneath the lot.

Away from campaign frenzy, Turkish students try to inform voters

Istanbul - Away from the bitter frenzy of Turkey's referendum campaign, volunteer law students are patrolling squares in Istanbul to explain what the planned changes to the constitution would bring.

Egypt parliament 'approves state of emergency'

Cairo - Egypt's parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved a three-month state of emergency declared by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after deadly church bombings, state-run Nile News television reported.

Sweden eyes stronger terror laws after truck attack

Stockholm - After the Stockholm truck attack that killed four people and injured 15 others, Swedish Justice Minister Morgan Johansson has told AFP he is seeking to toughen the nation's terrorism laws.

Hungary president signs law threatening Soros university

Budapest - Hungarian President Janos Ader on Monday approved a controversial law seen as targeting the respected Central European University founded by US billionaire George Soros, despite protests at home and abroad.

Hungary president signs law threatening Soros university

Budapest - Hungarian President Janos Ader on Monday approved a controversial law seen as targeting the respected Central European University founded by US billionaire George Soros, despite protests at home and abroad.

Hungary president signs law threatening Soros university

Budapest - Hungarian President Janos Ader on Monday approved a controversial law seen as targeting the respected Central European University founded by US billionaire George Soros, despite protests at home and abroad.

S.Africa denies breaking rules by not arresting Sudan's Bashir

Den Haag - South Africa on Friday denied flouting international law in 2015 by failing to arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for trial by war crimes judges on charges of genocide in Darfur.

S.Africa denies breaking rules by not arresting Sudan's Bashir

Den Haag - South Africa on Friday denied flouting international law in 2015 by failing to arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for trial by war crimes judges on charges of genocide in Darfur.

S.Africa in dock for failing to arrest Sudan's Bashir

Den Haag - South Africa will on Friday seek to defend its failure to arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir who is wanted on charges of genocide, at an unprecedented hearing before international war crimes judges.

S.Africa in dock for failing to arrest Sudan's Bashir

Den Haag - South Africa will on Friday seek to defend its failure to arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir who is wanted on charges of genocide, at an unprecedented hearing before international war crimes judges.

Hungary passes bill targeting Soros university

Budapest - Hungarian lawmakers on Tuesday approved legislation that could force the closure of a prestigious Budapest university founded by US billionaire investor George Soros, sparking fresh protests.

Singapore court denies full compensation to woman in IVF mix-up

Singapore - A Singaporean woman inseminated with a stranger's sperm in a startling in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) mistake cannot be compensated in full for raising the child, the city-state's top court ruled Wednesday.

Singapore court denies full compensation to woman in IVF mix-up

Singapore - A Singaporean woman inseminated with a stranger's sperm in a startling in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) mistake cannot be compensated in full for raising the child, the city-state's top court ruled Wednesday.

Singapore court denies full compensation to woman in IVF mix-up

Singapore - A Singaporean woman inseminated with a stranger's sperm in a startling in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) mistake cannot be compensated in full for raising the child, the city-state's top court ruled Wednesday.

'Tell it like it is': China delegate rips meek Congress

Bejing - Empty talk, self-censorship, brain-dead conformity -- that's outspoken delegate Cui Yongyuan's assessment of China's national parliament, celebrated by the Communist Party as empowering the people but which he calls a big waste of time.
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