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San Francisco to vote on public nudity ban

San Francisco lawmakers vote Tuesday on a proposal to outlaw most public nudity, despite protests in the famously free and easy West Coast city.

San Francisco to vote on public nudity ban
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SAfrica minister wants ban on insulting president

A South African minister called for a legal ban on insulting a sitting president to counter what he said was a lack of respect from white South Africans.

SAfrica minister wants ban on insulting president
UN warns Bahrain protest ban could worsen tensions
UN warns Bahrain protest ban could worsen tensions

UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that Bahrain's move to ban protests could "aggravate" tensions in the Gulf state.

UN warns Bahrain protest ban could worsen tensions
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Canada lawmakers pass masks ban

The Canadian Parliament passed a ban Wednesday on masks at riots that punishes violations with up to 10 years behind bars in a bid to crack down on radical groups.

Canada lawmakers pass masks ban
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Travel ban sought against S. Korea president's son

A South Korean special prosecutor has asked for President Lee Myung-Bak's son to be banned from leaving the country while he probes alleged irregularities in a project to build Lee's retirement home.

Travel ban sought against S. Korea president's son
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Agriculture Ministry eyes ban on saxaul cutting in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Ministry of Agriculture is planning to impose a ban on cutting of saxaul throughout the whole Kazakhstan.

Agriculture Ministry eyes ban on saxaul cutting in Kazakhstan
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S. Korea lifts ban on French erotic novel by de Sade

South Korea has lifted a ban on the erotic novel "The 120 Days of Sodom" by the 18th-century French nobleman and writer the Marquis de Sade, just weeks after barring it for "extreme obscenity".

S. Korea lifts ban on French erotic novel by de Sade
US appeals court lifts ban on Samsung-Google phone
US appeals court lifts ban on Samsung-Google phone

A US appeals court Thursday lifted a sales ban on Google-branded Samsung smartphones in a patent fight with Apple, saying there was no evidence sales were driven by features copied from the iPhone.

US appeals court lifts ban on Samsung-Google phone
VP pick Ryan bows to Romney line on abortion
VP pick Ryan bows to Romney line on abortion

US vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan stood by his pro-life credentials Thursday but said a White House led by Mitt Romney would not try to ban rape victims from seeking abortions.

VP pick Ryan bows to Romney line on abortion
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Costa Rica tightens ban on shark fins

Costa Rica has banned the import of shark fins, closing a legal loophole and targeting a link in a global production chain stretching to Asian markets, where shark fin soup is seen as a delicacy.

Costa Rica tightens ban on shark fins
"Innocence of Muslims" film frame.
Kazakhstan bans anti-Islamic film

A court in Kazakhstan has banned as "extremist" the anti-Islamic film that sparked deadly protests across the world.

Kazakhstan bans anti-Islamic film
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Saudi to accept Philippine maid applications from Monday

Saudi Arabia will begin accepting applications for domestic workers from the Philippines on Monday after the two governments resolved a row over minimum pay that had prompted a ban.

Saudi to accept Philippine maid applications from Monday
Swiss parliamentarians reject burqa ban
Swiss parliamentarians reject burqa ban

Swiss parliamentarians narrowly voted Friday against a ban on wearing the Muslim burqa and other face coverings in public places, including public transport.

Swiss parliamentarians reject burqa ban
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Anti-Islam film declared illegal by Russian provincial court

A court in Russia's region of Chechnya has banned the anti-Islamic film that sparked deadly protests across the Muslim world, a ruling that in theory should be observed across Russia.

Anti-Islam film declared illegal by Russian provincial court
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Czech government to ease ban on liquor sales

The Czech government said Wednesday it would ease a ban on liquor sales in force since September 14 following a wave of methanol poisoning that has claimed at least 25 lives.

Czech government to ease ban on liquor sales
Swiss voters say no to tightening of smoking ban
Swiss voters say no to tightening of smoking ban

Two-thirds of Swiss voters rejected a referendum Sunday to tighten a smoking ban, to the relief of hotels and restaurants, while two cantons split in a vote over keeping tax breaks for rich foreigners.

Swiss voters say no to tightening of smoking ban
Paris police ban anti-Islam film demo near Grand Mosque
Paris police ban anti-Islam film demo near Grand Mosque

Paris police have banned two demonstrations planned for Saturday, including one in front of the city's Grand Mosque, to protest against a US-made anti-Islam film.

Paris police ban anti-Islam film demo near Grand Mosque
US lifts ban on New Zealand naval ships
US lifts ban on New Zealand naval ships

The US has lifted a ban that prevented New Zealand naval ships visiting US ports or bases since the 1980s, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday, hailing a "new era" in relations between the two nations.

US lifts ban on New Zealand naval ships
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Google blocks Singapore access to anti-Islam film

Google on Thursday blocked YouTube users in Singapore from viewing clips of an anti-Islamic film that has incited violent protests across the Muslim world, acting on a request by city authorities.

Google blocks Singapore access to anti-Islam film
Activists seek ban on 'cruel' bullfights in France
Activists seek ban on 'cruel' bullfights in France

France's top constitutional body will decide Friday on a request by animal-rights activists to ban bullfighting, defended in the south as an important tradition and key source of tourist revenue.

Activists seek ban on 'cruel' bullfights in France