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In world first, New Zealand to make banks report climate impact

Wellington - New Zealand will force banks to reveal the impact their investments have on climate change under world-first legislation intended to make the financial sector's environmental record transparent, officials said.

Russian court orders tighter laws to stem domestic violence

Russia - Russia's constitutional court on Friday ordered stronger laws to punish repeat domestic violence offenders, saying both the penalties as well as protection for victims were insufficient.

China says UK sheltering 'wanted criminals' after HK asylum ruling

Bejing - China on Thursday accused Britain of sheltering "wanted criminals" after prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law said he had been granted political asylum there.

China says UK sheltering 'wanted criminals' after HK asylum ruling

Bejing - China on Thursday accused the UK of sheltering "wanted criminals" after prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Nathan Law said he had been granted political asylum there.

China sentences Uyghur ex-government officials to death for 'separatism'

Bejing - Two Uyghur former government officials in China's Xinjiang have been handed death sentences for carrying out "separatist activities", a court said, as Beijing comes under increasing fire for its actions towards minority groups in the region.

New Zealand grants automatic paid leave after miscarriage

Wellington - Working mothers and their partners will be allowed to take paid leave after suffering a miscarriage or stillbirth in New Zealand after a unanimous vote by lawmakers, in what is believed to be one of the first provisions of its type in the world.

Spain legalises euthanasia, assisted suicide

Madrid - Spain's parliament voted through a law legalising euthanasia Thursday, becoming one of the few nations to allow terminally-ill or gravely-injured patients to end their own suffering.

In Spain, a victory for euthanasia campaigners

A Pobra Do Caraminal - In 1998 Ramona Maneiro helped her friend Ramon Sampedro, paralysed from the neck down following an accident, to die, a tale told in the Oscar-winning Spanish film "The Sea Inside".

High hopes as North Macedonia eyes cannabis potential

Skopje - After receiving a suspended sentence for possession of cannabis last year, Filip Dostovski walked out of the Skopje courthouse and lit a joint outside as cameras rolled.

Tunisia's gender violence law struggles to get beyond paper

Tunis - When Nadia told police about her husband's violence during a coronavirus lockdown in Tunisia, she nearly lost custody of her daughter, illustrating a chasm between a gender law and its enforcement.

Australian court upholds landmark suit against Johnson & Johnson

Sydney - An Australian court upheld a landmark class-action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for "negligent" marketing of pelvic mesh implants on Friday, paving the way for thousands of women to receive compensation in a costly setback for the US pharma gi...

What's in France's draft law against 'Islamist separatism'?

Paris - After months of controversy and 135 hours of parliamentary debate, MPs in France are set to approve a draft law to crack down on what has been termed "Islamist separatism" on Tuesday. AFP examines what is, and what isn't, in the new legislation.

Will money laundering laws end art world's culture of secrecy?

Paris - When a Botticelli painting went under the hammer last month at Sotheby's in New York for $92 million, it was assumed the buyer was a Russian oligarch since the bidding was done by an adviser to wealthy Russians.

Legal and health sector caught out in data breach Special

Pennsylvania law firm Charles J. Hilton & Associates P.C. potentially exposed the personal health information of more than 36,000 patients of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). An expert looks at how this happened.

No jury for Hong Kong's first national security trial: source

Fpo - Hong Kong has decided against using a jury for the first trial under a sweeping national security law imposed by Beijing, a legal source with direct knowledge of the case told AFP on Monday.

McKinsey reaches $573m settlement over opioid crisis: US media

Washington - Global consultancy firm McKinsey has reached a rare $573 million settlement with US states over claims that the company's advice to pharmaceutical giants contributed to the deadly opioid crisis, US media reported Wednesday.

Another 'Hong Kong 12' lawyer has license revoked

Bejing - A second Chinese lawyer involved in defending a Hong Kong democracy activist charged with illegally leaving the territory said Tuesday he had lost his license.

Police tighten security as thousands join Indian farmer protests

New Delhi - Indian police tightened security Saturday around camps where farmers have been protesting against new agricultural reform laws, as thousands more arrived to join the campaign.

Australia ordered to pay migrants for privacy breach

Sydney - An Australian watchdog on Wednesday ordered the government to pay damages to over a thousand asylum seekers whose personal data was wrongly made public seven years ago.

Pompeo hits Iran, China, Cuba in last-minute sanctions push

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday imposed sanctions on three of his primary targets -- China, Iran and Cuba -- in a last-minute push aimed in part at boxing in President-elect Joe Biden.

US sanctions six pro-China officials over Hong Kong arrests

Washington - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on six officials including Hong Kong's sole representative to China's top lawmaking body over mass arrests of pro-democracy activists in the financial hub.

Lawyer who handled 'Hong Kong 12' case loses legal licence

Bejing - A human rights lawyer who handled the case of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists detained in China had his licence revoked Friday, he told AFP, a move he said was triggered by the sensitivity of the case for Beijing.

Abortion becomes legal in Argentina as Chile starts a debate

Buenos Aires - Argentina on Thursday became one of just a handful of Latin American countries to allow elective abortion, as neighboring Chile initiated its own debate on decriminalizing a procedure denied to most women on the continent.

S. Korea's top court upholds ex-president's 20-year jail term

Seoul - South Korea's top court upheld a 20-year prison sentence for disgraced former president Park Geun-hye on Thursday, in the final ruling over the corruption scandal that brought her down.

China enacts rules to counter 'unjustified' foreign laws

Bejing - China on Saturday introduced new rules to counter "unjustified" laws and measures that other countries might apply to its companies and citizens, as tensions with the United States worsen.

Lockdown-shy Sweden passes pandemic law

Stockholm - Sweden's parliament on Friday passed a pandemic law giving the government new powers to curb the spread of Covid-19 in a country that has controversially relied on mostly non-coercive measures to fight the virus.

The role technology will play in democratizing access to justice Special

Legal firms that embrace a digital-first mentality will be best placed to embrace the challenges that 2021 will deliver, says expert George Psiharis. He shares his thoughts in the transformation of the legal sector.

EU unveils new rules to curb tech giants

Apo - The European Union on Tuesday unveiled tough draft rules targeting tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook, whose power Brussels sees as a threat to competition and even democracy.

Hungary MPs approve package of anti-LGBTQ measures

Budapest - Hungarian MPs on Tuesday approved a package of new measures targeting the country's beleaguered LGBTQ community, the government's latest salvo in defence of "traditional" values.

ICC prosecutor wants full probe into Ukraine war crimes

Den Haag - International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said on Friday that a "broad range" of war crimes were committed in the Ukraine since 2014, as she pushed for a full investigation.
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