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Malaysian MPs vote to repeal 'fake news' law

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian lawmakers voted to repeal a controversial law Wednesday that punished spreading "fake news" with up to six years behind bars and which critics said was aimed at stifling dissent.

The colonial-era law that gives Hong Kong leader sweeping powers

Fpo - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Friday invoked a rarely used colonial-era law to ban protesters from wearing face masks.What does the new law say and why does it matter? - Why masks?

Singapore's 'fake news' law takes effect as critics sound alarm

Fpo - Singapore's new law to combat "fake news" came into effect Wednesday despite criticism from tech giants and activists, who labelled the tough rules a "chilling" attempt to stifle dissent.

Oaxaca becomes second Mexican state to decriminalize abortion

Oaxaca - The southern Mexican state of Oaxaca decriminalized abortion Wednesday, making it the second state in the conservative Latin American country to do so.

Last Australian state decriminalises abortion

Sydney - Abortion was decriminalised in Australia's state of New South Wales on Thursday after weeks of contentious debate, bringing its laws into line with the rest of the country.

UK transgender man who gave birth is child's mother: court

London - A transgender man who gave birth but did not want to be registered as the child's mother on the birth certificate lost a legal battle at England's High Court on Wednesday.

Singapore activist in new challenge to gay sex ban

Fpo - A Singaporean gay rights activist said Wednesday he has filed a legal challenge against a law banning sex between men, the third recent bid to overturn the legislation.

Arrests jump in China's Xinjiang amid crackdown

Bejing - The number of people arrested and imprisoned in China's Xinjiang skyrocketed in 2017, according to official data, as Beijing tightens its grip on the troubled region with surveillance and mass detentions.

Canada's Trudeau rebuked on ethics ahead of election

Ottawa - Canada's ethics watchdog rapped Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday, concluding in the lead-up to October elections that he broke rules by arm-twisting his attorney general to settle a criminal case against engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.

Canada's Trudeau rebuked on ethics ahead of election

Ottawa - Canada's ethics watchdog slammed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday, concluding in the lead-up October elections that he broke rules by arm-twisting his attorney general to settle a criminal case against engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.

Canada's Trudeau rebuked on ethics ahead of election

Ottawa - Canada's ethics watchdog slammed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday, concluding in the lead-up October elections that he broke rules by arm-twisting his attorney general to settle a criminal case against engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.

Disneyland Shanghai sued over 'double standards'

Shanghai - A Chinese student is suing American giant Disney alleging double standards because the company bans visitors to its Asian theme parks from taking their own food.

Major hunt for India's missing coffee king

New Delhi - Indian police on Tuesday launched a major hunt for one of the country's richest men, coffee tycoon V.G. Siddhartha, amid mounting fears for his safety.

Over 650,000 sign Russia petition to boost domestic violence law

Moscow - More than 650,000 people have signed a petition calling on Russian authorities to toughen domestic violence legislation thanks to a hard-hitting social media campaign.

Families of Islamic State fighters to sue Australia over repatriation

Sydney - Australia faces a lawsuit aimed at forcing the government to repatriate Islamic State fighters' wives and children from a Syrian refugee camp, lawyers for their families told AFP Thursday.

New Thai leader keeps junta's powers of arbitrary detention

Bangkok - Thailand's new civilian government will retain the power to arbitrarily detain critics despite the imminent easing of junta-era security controls, prompting warnings from rights groups of enduring "martial law".

France's lower house passes online hate speech law

Paris - French MPs on Tuesday passed a landmark law to fight online hate speech which will oblige social media networks to remove offending content in 24 hours and create a new button to enable users to flag abuse.

French MPs back giving online platforms 24 hours to remove hate speech

Paris - French MPs on Thursday backed a proposal to give online platforms just 24 hours to remove hate speech or face hefty fines, the latest initiative in Europe to tackle online racism, anti-Semitism, sexism and homophobia.

Aussie court rules media companies liable for Facebook comments

Sydney - Media companies are responsible for defamatory comments made on their Facebook pages, an Australian court said in a landmark ruling Monday.

Euthanasia now legal in Australian state

Melbourne - Terminally ill Australians can for the first time apply to end their own life, after new laws went into effect in the state of Victoria Wednesday.

China tightens rules on genetic research after designer-baby scandal

Bejing - China has announced regulations to curb the smuggling of human organs and tighten oversight on the use of human genetic materials in research months after a Chinese scientist caused a global outcry by claiming that he gene-edited babies.

Chinese media blames Hong Kong demo on collusion with West

Bejing - Chinese media on Monday blamed foreign interference over the huge protest that brought central Hong Kong to a standstill at the weekend, accusing opponents of the city's pro-Beijing government of "collusion with the West".

Britain, Canada worry over Hong Kong extradition 'risk'

Ottawa - Britain and Canada raised concerns Thursday that expatriates living and working in Hong Kong could face extradition to mainland China under a controversial proposed extradition law, risking a chill on commerce.

Hong Kong raises jail threshold for proposed extradition law

Fpo - Hong Kong's government on Thursday made more concessions to a controversial proposed extradition law for mainland China, saying only those wanted for crimes facing at least a seven-year jail sentence would be handed over.

WHO praises Brazil lawsuit against tobacco giants

Rio De Janeiro - The World Health Organization has praised Brazil's move to sue two global cigarette makers and their local units for costs of treating tobacco-related diseases, but the firms said Friday they were still waiting for details of the lawsuit.

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting

Gaborone - Botswana on Wednesday lifted its ban on elephant hunting, saying the population had increased and farmers' livelihoods were being impacted, in a move set to trigger outrage from conservationists.

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting

Gaborone - Botswana on Wednesday lifted its ban on elephant hunting, saying the population had increased and farmers' livelihoods were being impacted, in a move set to trigger outrage from conservationists.

Japan bans drones over Olympic, military sites

Apo - Japan on Friday passed laws to ban drones being flown over Tokyo 2020 Olympic sites and US military facilities as a measure aimed at preventing terror attacks.

Singapore PM says 'fake news' law not against free speech

Fpo - Singapore's prime minister Friday rejected allegations the city-state's new law to combat "fake news" is aimed at stifling free speech, following criticism from rights groups and tech giants.

Global study finds third of female lawyers harassed

London - The world's largest survey of sexual harassment in the legal profession has found one in three women said they had suffered abuse from their bosses and colleagues.
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