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Israel to delay settlement starts for Obama trip: report

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has banned settler housing tenders being issued for the West Bank and east Jerusalem when US President Barack Obama visits this month.

Israel to delay settlement starts for Obama trip: report
Strauss-Kahn fails to ban tell-all book but wins damages
Strauss-Kahn fails to ban tell-all book but wins damages

A Paris court Tuesday turned down disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's bid to ban a "despicable" book on his affair with the author, but ordered Marcela Iacub and her publisher to pay him 50,000 euros in damages.

Strauss-Kahn fails to ban tell-all book but wins damages
Gabon bans large-calibre arms to stem elephant poaching
Gabon bans large-calibre arms to stem elephant poaching

Gabon is banning large-calibre arms after experiencing a surge in elephant poaching in its national parks.

Gabon bans large-calibre arms to stem elephant poaching
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New Zealand lawmaker calls for Muslim flight ban

A New Zealand politician has labelled young Muslim men a terrorist threat who should be banned from Western airlines, sparking condemnation from Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday.

New Zealand lawmaker calls for Muslim flight ban
Horsemeat scandal spreads as French retailers pull foods
Horsemeat scandal spreads as French retailers pull foods

The Europe-wide scandal over horsemeat sold as beef spread Sunday as leading French retailers pulled products from their shelves and threats of legal action flew.

Horsemeat scandal spreads as French retailers pull foods
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China bans ads on gift-giving to officials: media

China has banned ads that encourage giving luxury gifts to authorities, state media said Thursday, the latest push against official extravagance since new leaders took charge vowing better governance.

China bans ads on gift-giving to officials: media
Kazakhstan Oil and Gas Minister Sauat Mynbayev. Photo by Danial Okassov©
Kazakhstan to forego baning import of Russian oil products

There will be no ban, we are interested in supplies of Russian oil products: Minister.

Kazakhstan to forego baning import of Russian oil products
After tobacco, Turkey bans hookah in public places
After tobacco, Turkey bans hookah in public places

After banning smoking in public places, the Turkish government has gone one step further by clamping down on an ancient tradition -- the hookah, or water pipe.

After tobacco, Turkey bans hookah in public places
Philippine leader keeps gun despite outcry
Philippine leader keeps gun despite outcry

Philippine President Benigno Aquino may continue to carry a gun despite an impending ban on bearing firearms in the run-up to polls.

Philippine leader keeps gun despite outcry
NY governor : stop the gun 'madness'
NY governor : stop the gun 'madness'

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday proposed the "toughest assault weapons ban in America" in response to a rash of shooting massacres, including the tragedy last month at a Connecticut school.

NY governor : stop the gun 'madness'
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Kazakhstan prolongs oil products export ban into 2013

To prevent critical deficit and prices growth at the domestic market of oil products, Kazakhstan government decided to introduce a 6-month ban on export of oil products.

Kazakhstan prolongs oil products export ban into 2013
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Samsung hits back at Ericsson in patent battle

South Korea's Samsung Electronics said Wednesday it had filed a complaint to seek a US import ban on some Ericsson products in an escalating patent battle with the Swedish mobile giant.

Samsung hits back at Ericsson in patent battle
Russia set to advance ban on US adoptions
Russia set to advance ban on US adoptions

Russia's upper house of parliament was due Wednesday to vote for a bill barring Americans from adopting the country's children, in retaliation for a new piece of human rights legislation in the US.

Russia set to advance ban on US adoptions
US adoption groups voice concern over Russia ban
US adoption groups voice concern over Russia ban

US adoption agencies expressed deep concern Thursday after President Vladimir Putin backed legislation making it illegal for Russian children to be adopted by Americans.

US adoption groups voice concern over Russia ban
Group defiant over US ban on tackling Japan whalers
Group defiant over US ban on tackling Japan whalers

US conservation group Sea Shepherd vowed Tuesday to fight a US court order to stay at least 500 yards away from Japanese whaling ships, and to keep protecting whales "with our ships and our lives."

Group defiant over US ban on tackling Japan whalers
Supreme Court to take up issue of gay marriage
Supreme Court to take up issue of gay marriage

The US Supreme Court on Friday decided to take up the sensitive issue of gay marriage, hearing challenges to a federal law denying benefits to same-sex couples and California's ban on such unions.

Supreme Court to take up issue of gay marriage
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Kazakhstan oil products export ban to be prolonged into 2013

According to Kazakhstan Oil and Gas Ministry, this ban will be prolonged for one year: KazMunaiGas.

Kazakhstan oil products export ban to be prolonged into 2013
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BP banned from US government contracts

British oil giant BP was temporarily banned from winning new US government contracts Wednesday after agreeing to plead guilty to criminal charges in the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.

BP banned from US government contracts
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Russia briefly bans YouTube 'by mistake'

Web-surfing Russians endured a brief scare Wednesday that the authorities had blocked YouTube after the video-sharing website appeared on a list of banned addresses, in what officials later called a "technical mistake".

Russia briefly bans YouTube 'by mistake'
Naked protest as San Francisco bans nudity
Naked protest as San Francisco bans nudity

San Francisco lawmakers voted Tuesday to outlaw most public nudity, despite protests in the famously free and easy California city -- including a naked demo outside City Hall.

Naked protest as San Francisco bans nudity