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Kenya rules anal tests on 'gay suspects' legal

Nairobi - A Kenyan court on Thursday threw out a bid to outlaw anal examinations on people suspected to be gay, a practice that has been criticised by rights activists.

Trump signals could bar gun sales for terror suspects

Washington - Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump signalled Wednesday he could support banning people on terror watch lists from purchasing guns, a move that would place him in opposition to members of his own party.

U.S. gun industry thrives but challenged by demographics

Washington - Driven by fears of tighter regulation, gun sales in the United States have prospered during the Obama presidency and after mass killings, even as few new customers enter the market.

Bolivia enacts law letting transsexuals change ID documents

La Paz - Bolivia braved criticism from Christian churches to enact a gender identity law allowing transsexual and transgender people to change their name, sex and photo on official and private documents.

Seychelles parliament decriminalises gay sex

Victoria - The Seychelles has decriminalised gay sex, the state news agency said Thursday, after lawmakers voted to amend a penal code that meant those convicted of sodomy faced 14 years in jail.

EU raises pressure on Poland in rule of law row

Brussels - The European Union's executive arm warned Wednesday it could take further action against Poland over its commitment to the rule of law, unless Warsaw's conservative government makes "significant" progress.

China imposes controversial controls on foreign NGOs

Bejing - China passed a controversial new law Thursday giving police wide-ranging powers over overseas charities and banning them from recruiting members or raising funds in the country, prompting an immediate outcry.

China imposes controversial controls on foreign NGOs

Bejing - China passed a controversial new law Thursday giving police wide-ranging powers over overseas charities and banning them from recruiting members or raising funds in the country, prompting an immediate outcry.

China imposes controversial controls on foreign NGOs

Bejing - China passed a controversial new law Thursday giving police wide-ranging powers over overseas charities and banning them from recruiting members or raising funds in the country, prompting an immediate outcry.

States must end disputes peacefully at UN's highest court: Ban

Den Haag - UN chief Ban Ki-Moon said Wednesday states should seek a peaceful end to disputes at the International Court of Justice, as the UN's highest tribunal marked 70 years of global decision-making.

U.S. rejects 'living will' plans of most large US banks

New York - US regulators rejected Wednesday the bankruptcy contingency plans of five giant US banks that aim to avoid taxpayer bailouts if they fail.

China court rules against same-sex couple's marriage application

Bejing - A Chinese court ruled against two men seeking to marry, it said Wednesday, as more sexual minorities push for equal rights in the country.

Marijuana legalisation debate fires up in France

Paris - French politicians across the board on Tuesday slammed a Socialist minister's call to legalise marijuana, re-igniting the debate in a country where cannabis use is common.

Sex trade less visible, but alive and well in northern Europe

Oslo - Streetwalkers have largely disappeared from the sidewalks but prostitution remains alive and well in northern Europe where laws criminalising the purchase of sex have been in place for years, illustrating the limits of legislation.

Poland crisis escalates as justice minister warns judges

Varsovia - A battle between Poland's right-wing government and the EU member's top court escalated Wednesday, amid a four-month-long constitutional crisis that observers allege has put democracy at risk.

French MPs approve contested ban on paying for sex

Paris - French lawmakers passed a controversial law that makes it illegal to pay for sex and imposes fines of up to 3,750 euros ($4,270) on prostitutes' clients.

Greek MPs adopt law allowing migrants' return to Turkey

Atenas - Greece's parliament on Friday adopted a law allowing for migrants who reach the Greek islands to be returned to Turkey under a controversial EU deal to stem the numbers entering the bloc.

Japan's PM defends new security laws as protesters denounce them

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that new security laws that took effect Tuesday will strengthen Tokyo's ability to defend itself amid increasing threats as opponents took to the streets to say they risk hurling the country into war.

Serb war crimes suspect Seselj to be judged in absence

Den Haag - UN war crimes judges will deliver their verdict against radical Serb leader Vojislav Seselj in his absence for medical reasons, the court announced Wednesday, after the firebrand nationalist refused to return to The Hague.

China terror convictions nearly doubled in 2015

Bejing - Convictions for state security crimes including "violent terrorism" nearly doubled in 2015, figures from China's top court showed Sunday, following a "strike hard" campaign to quell unrest in the largely Muslim region of Xinjiang and crackdowns on civi...

Uganda moves to tighten control of social media

Kanpala - Uganda's government has proposed a bill to tighten controls over social media, a minister said Friday, weeks after an enforced election day shutdown triggered widespread criticism.

British lesbian loses Hong Kong legal bid

Hong Kong - A British lesbian on Friday lost a legal challenge against Hong Kong authorities to grant her a visa to live and work there with her partner, in a setback for equality campaigners in the territory.

Detained Chinese lawyer arrives in U.S.: NGO

Bejing - A Chinese lawyer held after advocating the country adopt a jury system has arrived in the United States after he was detained for several weeks and put under surveillance for months, an American rights group said Tuesday.

Israel takes first step to pass contentious NGO law

Jerusalem - A controversial bill that would compel NGOs receiving most of their funding from foreign governments to declare it in official reports passed its first reading in the Israeli parliament early Tuesday.

Experts probe Polish govt's alleged breach of rule of law

Varsovia - European legal experts on Monday began a fact-finding mission in Poland to determine if Warsaw's new right-wing government has violated the EU member's constitution and democracy rules.

Gbagbo trial shown dramatic video of Abidjan clashes

Den Haag - Dramatic video footage of armed clashes in Abidjan and bloodied corpses lining the streets on Friday opened the second day of the landmark trial of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo.

China jails three 'civil disobedience' activists

Bejing - A Chinese court sentenced three activists to prison on Friday for allegedly attempting to start a non-violent civil rights movement, family members and campaign groups said, the latest example of the Communist Party's intensifying crackdown on dissent....

China 'deported' Swedish NGO worker

Bejing - China has deported a Swedish human rights activist detained earlier this month for allegedly posing a threat to national security, the government said Tuesday.

German brewers cheer 500th birthday of beer purity law

Berlin - German brewers will be clinking glasses this year to the 500th anniversary of their "purity law", even as craft label designers complain the decree is cramping their style.

EU has 'deep concerns' about China's detention of Europeans

Bejing - The European Union's ambassador to China said Wednesday it was "deeply concerned" about Beijing's detention of EU citizens, hours after state media broadcast the purported confession of a Swedish activist held by authorities.
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