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Germany mulls law to fight labour abuses abroad

Frankfurt Am Main - When German carmakers seek cobalt from Congolese mines or when a chocolatier sources cocoa beans from Ghana, they may soon no longer be able to hide behind their suppliers if it turns out that the producers are using child labour or flouting environmen...

EU chief stands by commissioner attacked by Orban

Apo - The president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen stood by her vice-president Vera Jourova Tuesday, after Hungary's hardline prime minister Viktor Orban demanded her resignation.

Caught out: U.S. Court in ransomware attack Special

A U.S. criminal court has been hit by ransomware, striking at the heart of the administrative infrastructure. This led to Fourth District Court of Louisiana’s website being breached and documents being published online.

Marked for life: South Korea's tattoo artists seek legalisation

Seoul - South Korean tattooist Doy counts Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt and members of K-Pop band EXO among his celebrity clients, but his delicate, detailed designs could land him in prison.

Chile scraps law that discriminated against divorced women

Santiago - Chile's parliament has abolished a long-standing law that discriminated against divorced women, who unlike men, were forced to wait nine months for the right to remarry.

Hong Kong police sift the past to pursue new security law crimes

Fpo - Hong Kong police are using the past words and deeds of government critics to bolster investigations under the city's sweeping new security law, despite the legislation not being retroactive.

China extends Hong Kong legislature by at least a year

Bejing - Chinese lawmakers have extended the term of Hong Kong's Legislative Council by at least a year in order to deal with the vacuum left by postponing the city's elections, state media said Tuesday.

Turkey tightens grip on social media with new law

Istanbul - Turkey's parliament on Wednesday passed a controversial bill giving the government greater control of social media and criticised by human rights advocates as an attempt to increase online censorship.

Aussie student in landmark climate change lawsuit against government

Sydney - An Australian student is suing the government for failing to disclose climate change risks to investors in sovereign bonds, in what lawyers believe is the first case of its kind.

EU leaders agree to link funds to rule of law

Apo - European leaders for the first time on Tuesday agreed to link payment of EU funds to a member state with respect for the bloc's legal norms -- although Poland and Hungary insisted they had blocked tougher planned measures.

EU leaders compromise on linking funds to rule of law

Apo - European leaders have reached a summit compromise on the question of whether EU funds can be withheld from a member state that breaches legal norms, officials and diplomats said Tuesday.

Taiwan fears China 'hostage diplomacy' through HK security law

Taipei - Taiwan on Thursday warned China could use the sweeping national security law it imposed on Hong Kong for "hostage diplomacy", urging democratic countries to unite against Beijing's "autocratic" expansion.

South Korean prosecutors open probe into North's Kim Yo Jong

Seoul - Seoul prosecutors have opened an unprecedented probe into North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister over Pyongyang's blowing up of a liaison office last month, officials said Thursday.

Detained Chinese professor who criticised Xi is freed, friends say

Bejing - A Chinese academic who penned an essay blaming the coronavirus pandemic on President Xi Jinping's authoritarianism and censorship has been released after nearly a week in detention, his friends have told AFP.

Tiger, pangolin farming in Myanmar risks 'boosting demand'

Yangon - Conservationists have warned a sudden change in Myanmar's law allowing the commercial farming of tigers, pangolins and other endangered species risks further fuelling demand in China for rare wildlife products.

Duterte's anti-terrorism law challenged in Philippines' top court

Manila - Critics of a new anti-terrorism law in the Philippines called on the country's highest court Monday to suspend the legislation, arguing it threatens human rights and freedom of speech.

Activist Nathan Law flees Hong Kong as protest slogan outlawed

Fpo - Nathan Law, one of Hong Kong's most prominent young democracy activists, announced Thursday he had fled overseas in response to Beijing imposing a sweeping security law on the city.

Hong Kong Bar Association 'gravely concerned' by security law

Fpo - A sweeping new security law imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing undermines the semi-autonomous city's independent judiciary and stifles freedoms, the city's influential Bar Association has warned.

Australia considering 'safe haven' offer to Hong Kongers

Sydney - Australia is actively considering providing safe haven to Hong Kong residents in response to China's sweeping new security law, it said Thursday, a move likely to further inflame tensions with Beijing.

Beijing says HK security law a 'sword' over lawbreakers' heads

Bejing - The new Hong Kong security law will be a "sword" hanging over the heads of those who endanger national security, with Beijing and city authorities working together to enforce it, China said Tuesday.

China to set up 'security agency' in Hong Kong

Bejing - China will set up a "national security agency" in Hong Kong to oversee a forthcoming new law aimed at cracking down on dissent in the city, state media said on Saturday.

Seoul court names birth father in landmark adoptee ruling

Seoul - A Seoul court on Friday officially recognised a Korean-born adoptee as the daughter of her biological father in a landmark ruling that she described as "momentous".

South Korea adoptee seeks recognition as birth father's child

Seoul - Growing up in Michigan, Korean-born Kara Bos always knew she was adopted. But when she finally located her assumed half-sister, the woman closed the door in her face and called police.

Pompeo criticizes HSBC for backing Hong Kong law

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday took to task HSBC for backing Beijing's controversial security law proposal in Hong Kong, warning of businesses' overreliance on China.

UK banking giants back China's Hong Kong security law

Fpo - British banking giants HSBC and Standard Chartered on Thursday backed China's contentious security law proposal for Hong Kong, which critics fear will be used to stamp out dissent in the city.

Mandatory divorce 'cooling-off' period sparks anger in China

Bejing - Chinese couples seeking a divorce must first complete a month-long "cooling-off" period according to a new law passed Thursday that sparked outrage over state interference in private relationships.

Corruption prosecutions nearly double in China over last year

Bejing - The number of prosecutions related to corruption in China nearly doubled last year, according to a report by Beijing's top prosecutor, as President Xi Jinping ramped up his crackdown on graft.

Sex offenders, bullying and number plates: China's parliament proposals

Beijing - As delegates gather in Beijing for the annual session of China's rubber-stamp parliament, some of them have put forward proposals for laws relating to a wide range of everyday matters.

Divorce, harassment and organ donors: China to debate new civil code

Bejing - Divorce, sexual harassment, organ donations, privacy: China's sweeping first-ever civil code will be debated at its annual parliament meeting in Beijing this week.

Legal employees report lower productivity in COVID-19 world

New data reveals legal employees report lower productivity than other industries during the recent work-from-home mandate. As one of the most heavily impacted groups by the crisis, legal and compliance teams report 16 percent below average productivity.
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