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Turkey may present Kazakhstan with ultimatum over charter flights ban: media
Turkey may present Kazakhstan with ultimatum over charter flights ban: media

Turkey is concerned about Kazakhstan’s ban on foreign charter flights.

Turkey may present Kazakhstan with ultimatum over charter flights ban: media
Lithuania gays slam pride parade TV ad restrictions
Lithuania gays slam pride parade TV ad restrictions

Lithuania's gay community on Monday denounced restrictions placed on television publicity for this month's gay pride parade, saying they were akin to Russia's so-called "gay propaganda" ban.

Lithuania gays slam pride parade TV ad restrictions
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Brief encounter for porn film at China railway station

A maintenance worker surprised passers-by near a Chinese railway station when he started watching a banned porn film, not realising his computer was connected to a giant screen

Brief encounter for porn film at China railway station
US top court rejects same-sex marriage appeal: report
US top court rejects same-sex marriage appeal: report

The US Supreme Court has rejected an emergency bid to reinstate California's ban on same-sex marriage.

US top court rejects same-sex marriage appeal: report
Scientists demand New Zealand save 'sea hobbit'
Scientists demand New Zealand save 'sea hobbit'

Marine scientists have urged New Zealand to immediately ban fishing in waters inhabited by the world's rarest dolphin, saying that losing even one of the creatures will threaten the species' existence.

Scientists demand New Zealand save 'sea hobbit'
Cambodia denies foreign radio broadcast ban
Cambodia denies foreign radio broadcast ban

Cambodia on Saturday denied it had banned foreign radio broadcasts in the run up to next month's election, after the US accused the government of violating freedom of expression.

Cambodia denies foreign radio broadcast ban
Photo by Marat Abilov©
Kazakhstan bans use of Omsk refinery's bitumen in road construction

The bitumen produced by Omsk oil refinery has insufficient rutting resistance: Transport Ministry.

Kazakhstan bans use of Omsk refinery's bitumen in road construction
Gambia's President Al Hadji Yahya Jammeh. ©REUTERS/Carlos Garcia
Gambia to ban rice imports from 2016: president

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said Sunday the west African country would ban rice imports from 2016, in a bid to boost demand for local produce and move towards self sufficiency.

Gambia to ban rice imports from 2016: president
French move to ban industrial food from 'restaurants'
French move to ban industrial food from 'restaurants'

Worried its gastronomic reputation is being damaged by substandard eateries, France is considering banning establishments from calling themselves restaurants if meals are not made from scratch by in-house chefs.

French move to ban industrial food from 'restaurants'
Energy-saving light bulbs. Photo by Marat Abilov©
Kazakhstan mulls banning mercury-containing light bulbs

Production of mercury-containing light bulbswill be banned in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan mulls banning mercury-containing light bulbs
Turkish Airlines reverses lipstick ban for stewardesses
Turkish Airlines reverses lipstick ban for stewardesses

Turkish Airlines has reversed a ban on air hostesses wearing brightly-coloured lipstick following accusations it was trying to Islamise the company under government influence.

Turkish Airlines reverses lipstick ban for stewardesses
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China bans forced mental hospital detentions: media

A new law has taken effect prohibiting Chinese from being committed to mental hospitals without their consent in an attempt to prevent "forced detentions".

China bans forced mental hospital detentions: media
China foreign news ban criticised by media group
China foreign news ban criticised by media group

A press freedom group Thursday criticised a ruling that bans Chinese journalists from quoting foreign news outlets without permission, a move that further tightens Beijing's control of the media.

China foreign news ban criticised by media group
Russia hits 18 US officials with tit-for-tat entry ban
Russia hits 18 US officials with tit-for-tat entry ban

Russia on Saturday published its own blacklist of US officials banned from entering the country in retaliation for Washington's move Friday to name 18 Russians who allegedly committed human rights abuses.

Russia hits 18 US officials with tit-for-tat entry ban
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Every second Almaty cafe violates shisha law

Almaty's bars and restaurants were checked for observance of the shisha-banning law.

Every second Almaty cafe violates shisha law
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Britain brings in ban on 'rip-off' surcharges

A ban on "rip-off" surcharges imposed on credit card spending came into force in Britain on Saturday, meaning traders must ensure that the extra fees reflect genuine processing costs.

Britain brings in ban on 'rip-off' surcharges
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Kazakhstan bans smoking shisha in public places

Kazakhstan Healthcare Ministry introduced a ban on smoking shisha in public places, including night clubs, restaurants, cinemas and any indoor public entertainment facilities on March 14, 2013.

Kazakhstan bans smoking shisha in public places
Britain could sidestep EU ban on arming Syria rebels: PM
Britain could sidestep EU ban on arming Syria rebels: PM

Britain would consider ignoring a European Union arms ban and supplying weapons to Syrian rebels if it would help topple President Bashar al-Assad.

Britain could sidestep EU ban on arming Syria rebels: PM
US judge blocks New York ban on giant fizzy drinks
US judge blocks New York ban on giant fizzy drinks

A New York judge blocked mayor Michael Bloomberg's planned ban on giant sodas Monday, dealing a setback to his public health agenda just hours before curbs on selling such drinks were due to begin.

US judge blocks New York ban on giant fizzy drinks
James Franco lashes Australia for banning gay film
James Franco lashes Australia for banning gay film

Hollywood star James Franco has lashed out at Australia for banning the US gay-themed film "I Want Your Love", calling the decision embarrassing.

James Franco lashes Australia for banning gay film