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Interview: AI is set to disrupt the legal profession Special

AI presents significant implications within the legal industry, according to technologist Dr. Khalid Al-Kofahi from Thomson Reuters. We look at how AI will shape the practice of law in the future.

New Syria law expands state regulation of religious affairs

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has signed into law a new bill expanding the powers of a government ministry overseeing religious affairs and limiting the term of the country's top Muslim cleric.

Romania court says penal code changes unconstitutional

Bucharest - A number of changes to Romania's penal code recently pushed through by the ruling Social Democratic Party are unconstitutional, the country's highest court ruled Friday in a severe blow to the government.

I.Coast ex-president opens freedom bid at ICC

Den Haag - Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo will Monday ask the International Criminal Court to acquit him of crimes against humanity and free him after seven years in detention.

I.Coast ex-president to open freedom bid at ICC

Den Haag - Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo will Monday ask the International Criminal Court to acquit him on all charges of crimes against humanity and release him after seven years in detention.

Romania's constitutional court backs rights for gay couples

Bucharest - Romania's constitutional court ruled Thursday that gay couples should have the same family rights as heterosexuals, a judgment that runs counter to a referendum next month seeking to interdict gay marriage.

Singapore diplomat urges repeal of 'antiquated' gay sex law

Fpo - One of Singapore's most influential diplomats called Tuesday for the repeal of a law criminalising sex between men, saying it was time for the modern city-state to abandon the "antiquated" legislation.

Legalised pot: a rarity around the world

Montr - Canada is about to legalise recreational use of marijuana, which will make it the second nation in the world to do so after Uruguay more than five years ago.

Russians could face jail for not deleting news judged 'fake'

Moscow - Russians who refuse to take down online information that has been judged "false" by a court could be sentenced to up to a year in prison under a bill approved by MPs Tuesday in a key second reading.

Chile passes law allowing teens over 14 to change their legal sex

Valpara - Lawmakers in Chile on Wednesday passed legislation allowing people as young as 14 to legally change their name and gender identity.The Chamber of Deputies passed the Gender Identity Law by a vote of 95-46.

Fresh challenge lodged against Singapore gay-sex ban

Fpo - A Singaporean disc jockey has lodged a court challenge against a law banning sex between men in the city-state, his lawyers said Wednesday, inspired by last week's landmark ruling in India.

Jordan defends Bashir non-arrest before ICC

Den Haag - Jordan defended Monday its decision not to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during an Arab League summit last year, saying it was not obliged to detain and hand him over to the International Criminal Court.

'Five Eyes' agencies demand reignites encryption debate

Washington - Privacy and human rights organizations expressed concern Tuesday after a coalition of intelligence agencies renewed a call for technology companies to allow so-called "backdoor" access to encrypted content and devices.

Saudi Arabia declares online satire punishable offence

Apo - Saudi Arabia will punish online satire that "disrupts public order" with up to five years in prison, the public prosecutor said Tuesday, as the kingdom cracks down on dissent.

Egypt president approves law clamping down on social media

Apo - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ratified a law granting authorities the right to monitor social media users in the country as part of tightening internet controls, the official gazette said Saturday.

Congolese rebel says he is a 'revolutionary,' not a criminal

Den Haag - Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda told international judges Thursday he was a "revolutionary and not a criminal" as arguments drew to a close in his three-year war crimes trial.

Congolese rebel says he is a 'revolutionary' not a criminal

Den Haag - Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda told international judges Thursday he was a "revolutionary and not a criminal" as arguments drew to a close in his three-year war crimes trial.

Soros-founded university pulls refugee course over new tax

Budapest - A prestigious Hungarian university founded by liberal US billionaire George Soros said Tuesday it is suspending education programmes for refugees and asylum-seekers due to a new government tax on groups deemed to support migration.

Egypt arrests former diplomat and six others: lawyer

Apo - Egyptian authorities have arrested seven people including a former diplomat who had proposed a referendum on the regime of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a defence lawyer said Friday.

Nepal crime reform sparks press freedom concerns

Kathmandu - Nepal introduced a new criminal code Friday that makes sharing confidential information a jailable offence, sparking concerns among journalists that the laws could be used to muzzle the press.

Malaysia repeals controversial fake news law

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's parliament repealed a controversial law on Thursday that punished spreading "fake news" with up to six years in jail and which critics said was aimed at stifling dissent.

Tunisia announces draft bill to give women equal inheritance

Tunis - Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi on Monday announced plans to submit a draft bill to parliament equalising inheritance rights between men and women.

Icelandic wildlife group calls for hybrid whale killing probe

Reykjav - Icelandic conservationists have asked prosecutors to probe whether the killing of a rare hybrid whale was illegal, a lawyer said on Thursday.

Five questions on Israel's controversial Jewish nation law

Jerusalem - Israel's parliament held a special session on Wednesday to debate a controversial law passed last month declaring the country the nation state of the Jewish people. Here are five questions and answers related to the law:Why is the law controversial?

France adopts law on asylum, immigration

Paris - France's parliament Wednesday signed into law a controversial asylum and immigration bill -- despite opposition on the left which decried an effort to limit arrivals while the far right saw the measure as not going far enough.

Fighting for justice in South Korea, where truth can be a crime

Seoul - As soon as the Seoul office worker told police she had been raped, her attacker struck back with a barrage of complaints against her under South Korea's criminal defamation law, which states that truth is not necessarily a defence.

UK doctors given green light to prescribe cannabis

London - British doctors will be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis, the government announced Thursday following a review -- but insisted it was not a first step towards legalising recreational use.

Scientists seek end to 'unscientific' HIV laws

Amsterdam - AIDS experts called Wednesday for an end to laws that can see HIV-positive people jailed for exposing others to the virus, saying the approach was "unscientific" and worsening the killer epidemic.

New Zealand to grant paid leave for domestic violence victims

Wellington - New Zealand's parliament passed legislation Wednesday granting paid leave to domestic violence victims, with supporters calling it a groundbreaking measure to help those trying to escape abusive relationships.

Why California's data privacy law is set for U.S. roll out: Q&A Special

The U.S. state of California has agreed to implement a new data privacy law, along the lines of a new regulation recently enacted in Europe. Could this be the trigger for a U.S.-wide roll-out? We talk with data privacy expert John Tsopanis, of
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