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China extends national anthem ‘disrespect’ law to Hong Kong

China extends national anthem ‘disrespect’ law to Hong Kong

China's largely rubber-stamp parliament formally extended a law banning disrespect of the national anthem on Saturday to cover Hong Kong, a move that critics have said undermined the Chinese-ruled city's autonomy ...

Deep divisions over plan to change Kenya's election law

Deep divisions over plan to change Kenya's election law

Kenya's opposition on Thursday called for demonstrations against the government after the ruling party moved to change the electoral law ahead of next month's re-run presidential poll.

Catalonia announces law to formalise Oct. 1 vote on split from Spain

Catalonia announces law to formalise Oct. 1 vote on split from Spain

Catalonia on Wednesday announced a law to make formal its plans for an Oct. 1 referendum on whether to declare independence from Spain, a vote the government says is illegal and has said it will stop.

China convicts US woman held for 'spying'

China convicts US woman held for 'spying'

A Chinese court has sentenced an American woman to three and a half years in prison and deportation on espionage charges, a US-based rights group said Wednesday, although details about her fate remain unclear.

Vietnam legalises betting on football, racing

Vietnam legalises betting on football, racing

Punters in gambling-mad Vietnam cheered the easing of a ban on sports betting Saturday, as the communist government moves to bring a booming black market industry above board.

Canada police raid Montreal pot stores after Trudeau's warning

Canada police raid Montreal pot stores after Trudeau's warning

Police in Montreal Friday raided six cannabis shops one day after they opened, following a warning by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that recreational marijuana is not yet legal in Canada.

Russia moves to block LinkedIn network

Russia moves to block LinkedIn network

Russia's state communications watchdog said Thursday it had ordered internet providers to block the LinkedIn professional networking site after a court ruled it was breaching a law on storing users' data.

British 'sharia courts' under scrutiny

British 'sharia courts' under scrutiny

For more than 30 years, sharia courts enforcing Islamic law have been operating quietly across Britain. But two official inquiries have put them in the spotlight amid accusations that they discriminate against women.

Putin slams Paralympic ban as 'outside the law, morality, humanity'

Putin slams Paralympic ban as 'outside the law, morality, humanity'

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday lashed out against the ban on Russian Paralympians from Rio as the country has vowed to keep fighting the suspension it faces over state-sponsored doping.

Draft law boosts Qatar efforts to curb smoking

Draft law boosts Qatar efforts to curb smoking

The draft law covers a number of key issues pertaining to tobacco use in the country

Turkey adopts law scrapping MPs’ immunity

Turkey adopts law scrapping MPs’ immunity

Turkey’s parliament has adopted a highly controversial bill that would lift immunity for dozens of pro-Kurdish and other MPs ....

India passes bankruptcy law in long-awaited reform

India passes bankruptcy law in long-awaited reform

India has overhauled its archaic bankruptcy laws in a key reform that will make it vastly easier to wind down companies and help banks to recover bad loans.