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India threatens WTO action over EU mango ban
India threatens WTO action over EU mango ban

India on Friday threatened to drag the European Union to the World Trade Organization over its ban on mango imports.

India threatens WTO action over EU mango ban
Singaporeans defy ban on e-cigarettes
Singaporeans defy ban on e-cigarettes

Singaporeans are defying a ban on electronic cigarettes despite stiff fines for distributors and smugglers, health authorities said.

Singaporeans defy ban on e-cigarettes
Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations
Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations

The Gambia has banned flights from Ebola-hit west African countries from landing in its territory, airport officials told AFP.

Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations
Japan lifts own blanket arms export ban
Japan lifts own blanket arms export ban

Japan on Tuesday lifted a self-imposed ban on weapons exports, introducing new rules covering the arms trade in a move supporters say will boost Tokyo's global role, but which could unnerve China.

Japan lifts own blanket arms export ban
Whaling ban applauded despite fears of Japan sidestep
Whaling ban applauded despite fears of Japan sidestep

Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday hailed a landmark court decision that Japan must halt an annual Antarctic whale hunt, despite fears it may try to sidestep the order.

Whaling ban applauded despite fears of Japan sidestep
Smoking ban reduces pre-term births, childhood asthma
Smoking ban reduces pre-term births, childhood asthma

Bans on smoking in public and the workplace led to a 10 percent drop in premature births and in emergency asthma treatment for children.

Smoking ban reduces pre-term births, childhood asthma
Turkey bans YouTube after Syria security talk leaked
Turkey bans YouTube after Syria security talk leaked

Turkey banned YouTube after the video-sharing website was used to spread damaging leaked audio files from a state security meeting debating possible military action in Syria.

Turkey bans YouTube after Syria security talk leaked
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US ends BP contract ban

The United States announced Thursday an end to its ban on BP obtaining government contracts following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

US ends BP contract ban
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Rio to ban cosmetic surgery... for dogs, cats

Lawmakers in Rio de Janeiro, where plastic surgery is all the rage, have approved draft legislation banning cosmetic surgery for dogs and cats.

Rio to ban cosmetic surgery... for dogs, cats
A child looks at an Ultraman, a Japanese science fiction superhero. ©Reuters/Bobby Yip
Malaysia bans Japanese comic book Ultraman for using 'Allah'

Malaysia has banned a translation of an Ultraman comic book after it referred to the popular Japanese superhero as "Allah", authorities said Friday, during an ongoing row over use of the word by non-Muslims.

Malaysia bans Japanese comic book Ultraman for using 'Allah'
Turkey PM says YouTube, Facebook could be banned
Turkey PM says YouTube, Facebook could be banned

Turkey's embattled prime minister has warned that his government could ban social media networks YouTube and Facebook after a raft of online leaks added momentum to a spiralling corruption scandal.

Turkey PM says YouTube, Facebook could be banned
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‘Anti-lace’ policy in Kazakhstan: What does it ban?

The ban has become widely known as a ‘ridiculous lace undies ban’, a ‘lacist’ policy and, the smartest version, a ‘non-tariff regulation’. But what is the policy really about? What exactly is banned from being imported to Kazakhstan?

‘Anti-lace’ policy in Kazakhstan: What does it ban?
Los Angeles bans e-cigarettes in public places
Los Angeles bans e-cigarettes in public places

Los Angeles lawmakers voted to ban e-cigarette use in public places where tobacco smoking is prohibited, including work places, restaurants and bars.

Los Angeles bans e-cigarettes in public places
No talks on Kazakhstan's accession into WTO for Russia in Washington
No talks on Kazakhstan's accession into WTO for Russia in Washington

The United States has banned representatives of Rosselkhoznadzor from participating in the negotiations on adjusting the Veterinary and Phytosanitary Measures in the context of Kazakhstan's accession into the WTO.

No talks on Kazakhstan's accession into WTO for Russia in Washington
©Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski
Vietnam restricts use of Bitcoin

Vietnam has banned its banks from handling Bitcoins, saying the virtual currency is not legal tender in the communist nation.

Vietnam restricts use of Bitcoin
An Indian worker collects bidis. ©Reuters/Jagadeesh Nv
US bans bidis made by Indian tobacco company

US regulators on Friday banned four types of small cigarettes known as bidis made by an Indian company, marking the Food and Drug Administration's first-ever oversight action against a tobacco product.

US bans bidis made by Indian tobacco company
Wolf hunt stand-off in Sweden heightens rural tensions
Wolf hunt stand-off in Sweden heightens rural tensions

Farmers and hunters in Sweden are crying foul over a wolf hunt ban which they say threatens their way of life and may lead to civil disobedience.

Wolf hunt stand-off in Sweden heightens rural tensions
International Olympic Committee lifts ban on India
International Olympic Committee lifts ban on India

The International Olympic Committee Tuesday reinstated India, allowing its athletes to compete under their own flag in Sochi.

International Olympic Committee lifts ban on India
Olympics: US bans carry-on liquids on Russia-bound flights
Olympics: US bans carry-on liquids on Russia-bound flights

US authorities announced a temporary ban Thursday on liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-ons aboard Russia-bound flights.

Olympics: US bans carry-on liquids on Russia-bound flights
Airport of Almaty city. ©Yaroslav Radlovsky
Foreign charter flights ban causes annual loss of $4.5 million to Almaty airport

The Airport of Almaty is loosing $4.5 million annually because of the ban on foreign charter flights from Kazakhstan.

Foreign charter flights ban causes annual loss of $4.5 million to Almaty airport