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Indian minister calls for Goa beach bikini ban

A minister in India's resort state of Goa has drawn ridicule by saying women in bikinis should be banned from beaches and girls in short dresses should not visit pubs.

Indian minister calls for Goa beach bikini ban
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Costa Rica leader wants name off bridges, buildings

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis doesn't want his name on plaques at public works or his portrait hung in public offices.

Costa Rica leader wants name off bridges, buildings
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Football: Suarez risks World Cup ban after Italy bite

Uruguay star Luis Suarez faces expulsion from the World Cup for biting as FIFA confirmed it had opened disciplinary proceedings against the player.

Football: Suarez risks World Cup ban after Italy bite
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N. Korea says Kim assassination comedy an 'act of terror'

North Korea denounced a new Hollywood comedy about an assassination bid on leader Kim Jong-Un as a "wanton act of terror" and warned of a "merciless response" unless the US authorities banned the film.

N. Korea says Kim assassination comedy an 'act of terror'
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US allows oil exports for 1st time since 1970s: WSJ

The US will allow two companies to export unrefined oil for the first time in four decades, taking steps to break a ban on crude exports, The Wall Street Journal reported.

US allows oil exports for 1st time since 1970s: WSJ
Christians lose divisive bid to use 'Allah' in Malaysia
Christians lose divisive bid to use 'Allah' in Malaysia

Malaysia's highest court on Monday dismissed a bid by Christians for the right to use the word "Allah", ending a years-long legal battle that has escalated religious tensions in the Muslim-majority country.

Christians lose divisive bid to use 'Allah' in Malaysia
Pacific Alliance inks work visa deal in Latin America
Pacific Alliance inks work visa deal in Latin America

Latin America's Pacific Alliance trade bloc agreed to allow citizens to live and work in any of the four member countries for a year.

Pacific Alliance inks work visa deal in Latin America
US slaps sanctions on Uganda for 'vile' anti-gay laws
US slaps sanctions on Uganda for 'vile' anti-gay laws

The United States Thursday slapped sanctions on Uganda -- cancelling a military air exercise, imposing visa bans and freezing some aid -- amid deep US anger at "vile" Ugandan anti-gay laws.

US slaps sanctions on Uganda for 'vile' anti-gay laws
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Japan bans child porn possession

Japan on Wednesday finally fell into line with other developed countries and made the possession of child pornography illegal.

Japan bans child porn possession
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Circus performers flip over animal ban in Mexico City

About 1,000 clowns, jugglers and animal trainers marched Tuesday against Mexico City's pending ban on circus animals.

Circus performers flip over animal ban in Mexico City
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China blocks Google sites amid Tiananmen security drive

Several Google websites have been blocked in China, a monitoring service said Tuesday, as authorities step up arrests and censorship before the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

China blocks Google sites amid Tiananmen security drive
Turkey's top court rules YouTube ban violates rights
Turkey's top court rules YouTube ban violates rights

Turkey's top court ruled on Thursday that a blanket ban on YouTube violated individual rights and freedoms, clearing the way for the popular video-sharing site to come back.

Turkey's top court rules YouTube ban violates rights
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Chinese elderly commit suicide to avoid coffin ban

Six elderly people in China are said to have committed suicide to ensure they died before new regulations banning coffin burials come into force, a newspaper reported.

Chinese elderly commit suicide to avoid coffin ban
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Costa Rica to allow gay couples to share health benefits

Costa Rica's social security administration has agreed to allow same-sex couples to share health and pension benefits, even though the conservative Central American country bans gay marriage.

Costa Rica to allow gay couples to share health benefits
Microsoft to press China after Windows 8 ban
Microsoft to press China after Windows 8 ban

Microsoft said Tuesday it would maintain efforts to gain approval in China for its Windows 8 operating system after a ban announced by Beijing.

Microsoft to press China after Windows 8 ban
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European alcohol ban in Kazakhstan a hasty decision: KazAlko

KazAlko Association considers ban of European alcohol import to Kazakhstan a hasty decision.

European alcohol ban in Kazakhstan a hasty decision: KazAlko
Swiss vote to ban paedophiles from working with kids
Swiss vote to ban paedophiles from working with kids

Switzerland on Sunday overwhelmingly voted for a harsher stance against convicted paedophiles by banning them from working with children for life.

Swiss vote to ban paedophiles from working with kids
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Tokyo to ban sales of incest comic to minors

The Tokyo government is to ban sales to children of a manga comic that depicts incestuous relationships, an official said Tuesday, the first time expanded rules on sexual content have been invoked.

Tokyo to ban sales of incest comic to minors
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Kazakhstan bans European alcohol import

Kazakhstan will introduce a temporary ban on import of alcohol from a number of foreign countries that do not meet the Customs Union standards.

Kazakhstan bans European alcohol import
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Indonesia bans video-sharing site Vimeo over 'porn'

Indonesia has ordered a ban on popular video-sharing website Vimeo after accusing it of hosting pornographic content, sparking social media fury.

Indonesia bans video-sharing site Vimeo over 'porn'