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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.

Q&A: Assessing the legal aspects of the digital economy Special

To understand the legal issues surrounding digital transformation initiatives, Digital Journal spoke with a leading legal tech firm about issues of competition, digitalization and productivity for business.

French MPs debate law on speedy Notre-Dame restoration

Paris - French lawmakers on Friday debated a controversial draft law for restoring Notre-Dame within five years, after the iconic Paris cathedral sustained major fire damage last month.

Thai activist jailed for insulting monarchy freed in royal pardon

Khon Kaen - A Thai anti-junta activist who spent more than two years behind bars for insulting the country's monarchy by sharing an unflattering BBC article about the king walked free Friday on a royal pardon.

Singapore 'fake news' law could hurt innovation: Google

Fpo - Technology giant Google said Thursday Singapore's new law against "fake news" could hurt innovation, a crucial element in the high-tech sector which the government is developing as an economic growth driver.

Aussie gangsters eye freedom amid police informant scandal

Melbourne - Some of Australia's most dangerous criminals could have their convictions overturned after revelations their defence lawyer was secretly feeding information to police.

Brunei won't enforce gay sex death penalty after backlash

Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei's sultan has announced death by stoning for gay sex and adultery will not be enforced after a global backlash, but critics Monday called for harsh sharia laws to be abandoned entirely.

Brunei says death penalty moratorium to cover sharia laws

Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei's sultan said Sunday a moratorium on capital punishment will also extend to sharia laws that include stoning to death for gay sex and adultery, after a furious backlash against the punishments.

EU's Tusk raps Polish government on constitution

Warsaw - EU Council President Donald Tusk accused Poland's government on Friday of failing to respect the country's fundamental law as it marked its Constitution Day amid speculation that he could return home to run for president next year.

Uber hit with Australia class action ahead of stock listing

Sydney - Global ride-sharing firm Uber on Friday faced another legal bump on the road to its blockbuster initial public offering, with taxi drivers launching a class action lawsuit in Australia.

Q&A: How gender pay issues can be tackled in the legal sector Special

London - Many countries have legislation in place that make it illegal to pay men and women in the same role different amounts, however men continue to dominate higher paid roles. An expert advises how this can be tackled in the legal sector.

Flood of lawsuits, flight of investors on cards with US Cuba move

Havana - The US decision to enforce a tough but long-delayed law in Cuba could have far-reaching effects, including triggering an avalanche of lawsuits as well as action before the World Trade Organization.

EU, Canada warn of reprisals as US targets foreign interests in Cuba

Apo - The European Union and Canada warned Wednesday of reprisals after the United States for the first time allowed lawsuits against foreign companies operating in Cuba, including EU and Canadian firms.

Trump ramps up pressure on Cuba in Latin America offensive

Miami - President Donald Trump on Wednesday ramped up pressure on Cuba with new restrictions on US travel and remittances and a green light to lawsuits over seized property as he vowed to rid Latin America of leftists.

US announces Cuba property law despite EU warnings

Washington - The United States said Wednesday that a long-delayed law would go into effect next month that allows lawsuits over property seized by Cuba and that it issue make no exemptions for angered Europeans.

After 23-year delay, US squeezes Cuba on confiscated property

Washington - President Donald Trump will open the way for lawsuits in US courts over property confiscated by Cuba, enforcing a controversial law that angered European allies and could rattle the island's economy, after more than two decades of delay.

South Korean constitutional court orders abortion ban be lifted

Seoul - South Korea's constitutional court on Thursday ordered the country's decades-old abortion ban to be lifted in a landmark ruling over a law that campaigners say puts women at risk.

South Korean constitutional court orders abortion ban be lifted

Seoul - South Korea's constitutional court on Thursday ordered the country's decades-old abortion ban to be lifted in a landmark ruling over a law that campaigners say puts women at risk.

South Korea constitutional court to rule on abortion ban

Seoul - South Korea's constitutional court is to rule Thursday on the legality of a decades-old abortion ban that campaigners say endangers women, in what could be a historic decision.

Singapore PM defends 'fake news' law after storm of criticism

Putrajaya - Singapore's leader insisted Tuesday his government's proposed fake news laws were a "step forward" in fighting online falsehoods after they sparked criticism from press freedom groups and tech giants.
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