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India asks US embassy to stop 'commercial' activities

India has asked the US embassy to close down commercial activities at its sports and leisure centre in New Delhi in the latest development in a diplomatic row.

India asks US embassy to stop 'commercial' activities
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80 thousand debtors forbidden to leave Kazakhstan

Over 80 thousand Kazakhstan nationals have been forbidden to the country and travel abroad because of their debts.

80 thousand debtors forbidden to leave Kazakhstan
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Ban on export of oil products from Kazakhstan prolonged until July 2014

Ban on export of petroleum products from Kazakhstan has been prolonged until the second half of 2014.

Ban on export of oil products from Kazakhstan prolonged until July 2014
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Indonesia sharia stronghold bans New Year's festivities

Islamic police in Indonesia's sharia stronghold seized thousands of firecrackers and cardboard trumpets after the city administration banned New Year's Eve celebrations for the first time, an official said Tuesday.

Indonesia sharia stronghold bans New Year's festivities
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Coloured tattoos escape ban in France

Tattoo artists in France, who were up in arms about a government ban on certain dyes, say the health ministry has reassured them they will be able to keep using coloured ink, attributing the uproar to a misunderstanding of thousands of pages of regulations.

Coloured tattoos escape ban in France
Bolivia leader -- an ex-child worker -- opposes child labor age
Bolivia leader -- an ex-child worker -- opposes child labor age

President Evo Morales said Monday he opposed any outright ban on child labor or setting a minimum age for workers in Bolivia -- as a former child worker, himself.

Bolivia leader -- an ex-child worker -- opposes child labor age
Uganda adopts tough anti-gay bill
Uganda adopts tough anti-gay bill

Uganda's parliament on Friday adopted an anti-homosexuality bill that will see repeat offenders jailed for life, sparking an international outcry as lawmakers hailed it as a victory against "evil".

Uganda adopts tough anti-gay bill
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. ©Reuters/Eduardo Munoz
UN chief says Syria chemical attackers should be sanctioned

UN chief Ban Ki-moon called on the international community Friday to sanction those responsible for Syrian chemical weapons attacks documented in a newly released report.

UN chief says Syria chemical attackers should be sanctioned
German police build 'Nazi Shazam' to track banned music
German police build 'Nazi Shazam' to track banned music

German police are touting a new high-tech tool to identify illegal neo-Nazi songs in seconds, dubbed "Nazi Shazam" after popular music identification software.

German police build 'Nazi Shazam' to track banned music
Elton John challenges Russian gay ban from stage
Elton John challenges Russian gay ban from stage

British pop icon Elton John escaped serious criticism in Russia on Saturday after using a sold-out Moscow concert to challenge a highly contentious law banning the "propaganda of homosexuality" to minors.

Elton John challenges Russian gay ban from stage
Almaty Toyota spare parts traders asking to permit parallel imports
Almaty Toyota spare parts traders asking to permit parallel imports

Owners of dozens of Toyota spare parts shops that were closed down in the end of November have applied to the Kazakhstan Government asking to permit parallel imports of the original spare parts.

Almaty Toyota spare parts traders asking to permit parallel imports
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Women driver ban guards against evil: Saudi top cleric

The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia said a ban on women driving in the conservative Gulf state protects society from "evil".

Women driver ban guards against evil: Saudi top cleric
New York City raises legal age for cigarettes to 21
New York City raises legal age for cigarettes to 21

A New York City law banning cigarette sales to people under 21 was signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday, the latest move in the Big Apple's war on smoking.

New York City raises legal age for cigarettes to 21
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Nearly 17,000 punished in China over 'frugality' rules: Xinhua

Nearly 17,000 people have been punished for flouting the Chinese Communist Party's "frugality" guidelines, state media said Monday, in the latest sign of efforts to clamp down on corruption.

Nearly 17,000 punished in China over 'frugality' rules: Xinhua
Turkish parliament lifts ban on women lawmakers wearing trousers
Turkish parliament lifts ban on women lawmakers wearing trousers

Turkish parliament has lifted a ban on women lawmakers wearing trousers in the assembly, shortly after a major government reform allowed them to don Islamic headscarves.

Turkish parliament lifts ban on women lawmakers wearing trousers
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Kazakhstan lifts restrictions from import of Russian petrol

The government of Kazakhstan has lifted restrictions from import of petrol from Russia.

Kazakhstan lifts restrictions from import of Russian petrol
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Australia fumes at UK ban on historic kangaroo, dingo art

The National Gallery of Australia on Thursday blasted Britain's decision to block the export of two historic paintings of a kangaroo and a dingo as depriving the nation of its heritage.

Australia fumes at UK ban on historic kangaroo, dingo art
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Health Ministry bans drugs made by Kazakhstan-based Eleas

The Ministry of Healthcare of Kazakhstan has banned the use of several medications, produced by Almaty’s pharmaceutical company Eleas

Health Ministry bans drugs made by Kazakhstan-based Eleas
McDonald's Japan 'sorry' over homeless ban
McDonald's Japan 'sorry' over homeless ban

McDonald's Japan issued an apology Friday after it was revealed one of its outlets had posted a notice banning homeless people for more than a year.

McDonald's Japan 'sorry' over homeless ban
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Kazakhstan pushes ban on Caspian sturgeon fishing

Kazakhstan insists that all the pre-Caspian states introduce a ban on catching sturgeons in the Caspian Sea.

Kazakhstan pushes ban on Caspian sturgeon fishing