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Bolivian coca farmers clash with police over output curb

La Paz - Coca farmers clashed with police Tuesday in the second straight day of violent protests in La Paz against a Morales government bill to limit legal areas of cultivation.

Russians protest softer penalties for domestic abuse

Moscow - Dozens of Russian activists braved snow Sunday to protest against a law signed by President Vladimir Putin that has softened penalties for those who commit domestic violence.

Putin signs law easing punishment for domestic abuse

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed into law a controversial bill easing punishment for domestic violence, which critics say will make holding abusers accountable even more difficult.

Israel parliament legalises settler outposts on Palestinian land

Jerusalem - The Israeli parliament on Monday finalised a controversial law legalising dozens of Jewish outposts built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

Dutch court puts 1977 train hijack back in spotlight

Den Haag - A Dutch court Wednesday ordered an in-depth probe into the 1977 deaths of two Moluccan hostage-takers whom their families say were executed at point-blank range by marines as they stormed a hijacked train.

Trump's executive order on immigration: Is it legal?

Washington - US President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily halting refugee arrivals and blocking immigrants from seven majority Muslim nations marked perhaps the most contentious moment of his provocative new tenure.

Israel delays vote on bill legalising wildcat outposts

Jerusalem - Israel's parliament has postponed a vote that would allow it to appropriate hundreds of hectares of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, the parliament's website said Tuesday.

Germany to scrap 'lese majeste' law after Turkey row

Berlin - The German government voted Wednesday to scrap a "lese majeste" law that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had sought to employ against a popular German television satirist.

Myanmar men may face jail for not marrying pregnant women

Yangon - Myanmar's government is drafting a law that could see men jailed for up to seven years for getting a woman pregnant but not marrying her, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Egypt sets up govt-picked council to oversee media

Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has approved a law to set up a council headed by his appointees that oversees the media and ensures compliance with "national security" requirements.

Draft law may allow China police to shoot protesters: HRW

Bejing - A revised draft of China's policing law could give officers the power to use firearms against peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday as it called for the country to bring the legislation in line with UN standards.

Draft law may allow China police to shoot protesters: HRW

Bejing - A revised draft of China's policing law could give officers the power to use firearms against peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday as it called for the country to bring the legislation in line with UN standards.

Draft law may allow China police to shoot protesters: HRW

Bejing - A revised draft of China's policing law could give officers the power to use firearms against peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday as it called for the country to bring the legislation in line with UN standards.

Putin demands tougher alcohol laws after 62 die from bath essence

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered tighter regulations on alcohol as the death toll among those who drank bath essence containing toxic methanol rose to 62 in Siberia.

Slovak president vetoes 'discriminatory' religion law

Bratislava - Slovak President Andrej Kiska on Tuesday vetoed a law he called "discriminatory", which would have made it even harder for Muslims and other religious minorities in the EU member to receive state subsidies.

Canada police raid Montreal pot stores after Trudeau's warning

Montr - Police in Montreal raided six cannabis shops one day after they opened, following a warning by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that recreational marijuana is not yet legal in Canada.

Tunisia wants to stop rapists marrying underage victims

Tunis - Tunisia's prime minister said Friday that his government would seek to amend a controversial law that allows men who rape underage girls to avoid punishment by marrying their victims.

Ex Congo VP Bemba could face eight years for bribing witnesses

Den Haag - Prosecutors have asked for an eight-year sentence for former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba, found guilty by the International Criminal Court of bribing witnesses during his war crimes trial.

Egypt court rules part of protest law unconstitutional

Cairo - Egypt's top court has struck down part of a law that allowed the interior ministry to ban all but officially sanctioned protests, a court official said Saturday.

Amnesty urges Russia to abolish 'foreign agent' law

Moscow - Amnesty International on Friday called on Russia to abolish a law targeting overseas-backed campaign groups, which has been used to crack down on more than 100 organisations labelled "foreign agents".

Russia starts blocking LinkedIn network

Moscow - Russian internet providers on Thursday started blocking the LinkedIn professional networking site after a state watchdog found it broke a law on personal data storage."The social networking site LinkedIn has been added to a register of violators...

Anti-China lawmakers disqualified from Hong Kong parliament

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong court on Tuesday ruled to disqualify two pro-independence lawmakers from parliament, a week after Beijing said it would not allow the pair to be sworn into office as fears grow of the city's liberties coming under threat.

British 'sharia courts' under scrutiny

London - For more than 30 years, sharia courts enforcing Islamic law have been operating quietly across Britain. But two official inquiries have put them in the spotlight amid accusations that they discriminate against women.

Hong Kong backs China bid to bar rebel lawmakers

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's leader said on Monday he would "fully implement" a ruling by Beijing which effectively bars two elected pro-independence lawmakers from the city's legislature after after they deliberately misread their oaths of office.

Hong Kong rallies against China wading into lawmaker row

Hong Kong - Thousands took to Hong Kong's streets Sunday after Beijing said it would step into an escalating row over whether two city lawmakers who advocate a split from China should be banned from taking up their seats.

Russian parliament okays law making doping criminal offence

Moscow - Russia's parliament on Thursday approved legislation that includes prison terms for coaches who force athletes to use banned performance-enhancing drugs, as the country tries to clean up its image.

Sisi promises to reexamine protest law

Cairo - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said the government will look into revising an anti-protest law and take recommendations on releasing jailed youths.

US 9/11 law an international legal Pandora's Box

Washington - It's a hard scene to imagine, a Saudi Arabian king answering before a New York court for the 9/11 attacks, but a new US law threatens to become a Pandora's Box of diplomatic crises.

Slovakia bans far-right train patrols targeting Roma

Bratislava - The Slovak parliament on Tuesday outlawed vigilante train patrols by a far-right party that had targeted the EU member's large Roma minority.

Germany to impose strict welfare curbs for EU immigrants

Berlin - The German government on Wednesday approved a new law to curb social benefits for EU citizens who arrive in the country without a job, as it responds to pressure to get tough on migrants.
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