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China adopts first counter-terrorism law

China adopted its first counter-terrorism law Sunday: its provisions may tighten media controls and threaten the intellectual property of foreign firms.

China adopts first counter-terrorism law
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Kazakhstan ranks above world average in Economic Freedom

Kazakhstan ranks 69th in the annual Index of Economic Freedom, better then France and Italy.

Kazakhstan ranks above world average in Economic Freedom
Prize-winning reporter freed after being held at US border
Prize-winning reporter freed after being held at US border

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas, who revealed in 2011 that he is an undocumented immigrant, was freed by US border agents after being held for several hours.

Prize-winning reporter freed after being held at US border
Cuba cracks down, arrests 100 women dissidents
Cuba cracks down, arrests 100 women dissidents

Cuban authorities arrested an unusually large group of about 100 dissident marchers, breaking up a march by the Ladies in White opposition activists.

Cuba cracks down, arrests 100 women dissidents
Indian nurses walk after they were released by Iraqi Islamist militantsIndian nurses walk after they were released by Iraqi Islamist militants. ©Reuters/Stringer
Trapped Indian nurses on way home from Iraq

A group of 46 Indian nurses who were trapped in an area of Iraq seized by Islamic militants were set to be welcomed home by anxious relatives Saturday after being freed from the rebel-held city of Mosul.

Trapped Indian nurses on way home from Iraq
Shi'ite Muslims take part in a candlelight protest against the ongoing conflict in Iraq. ©Reuters/Anindito Mukherjee
India nurses in Iraq conflict 'to be freed'

A group of 46 Indian nurses trapped in Iraq are to be freed, one of them told AFP Friday, in a rare piece of positive news in a crisis threatening "Syria-like chaos".

India nurses in Iraq conflict 'to be freed'
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Danish hostage freed in Syria after 13 months

A Danish freelance photographer has been freed after being held hostage in Syria for 13 months, the Danish government said.

Danish hostage freed in Syria after 13 months
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New York man freed after 17 years in prison

A New York man walked free Tuesday after 17 years in prison for murder, after it was determined that false testimony had been used to convict him, authorities said.

New York man freed after 17 years in prison
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Kiev frees British journalist working for Russian TV

A British journalist has been released without charge after being detained by Ukrainian authorities, the Russian TV channel employing him, RT, said.

Kiev frees British journalist working for Russian TV
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Five MSF aid workers freed in Syria

Five aid workers from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) who were kidnapped in Syria in January have been freed, the medical charity said.

Five MSF aid workers freed in Syria
Fawaz Aitan. Photo courtesy of jordantimes.com
Jordan ambassador kidnapped in Libya last month now free: TV

The Jordanian ambassador to Libya, Fawaz Aitan, who was kidnapped in Tripoli last month, has been freed, state television in the North African country said on Tuesday.

Jordan ambassador kidnapped in Libya last month now free: TV
President Jacob Zuma (C) cuts a cake as crowds gather to celebrate Freedom Day. ©Reuters/Skyler Reid
South Africa celebrates 20 years since apartheid

President Jacob Zuma led celebrations Sunday on the 20th anniversary of post-apartheid democracy in South Africa, insisting it is closer to its dream of a multi-racial nation despite stubborn inequality, poverty and corruption.

South Africa celebrates 20 years since apartheid
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New Yorker declared innocent after doing 25 years for murder

A New York man savored his first full day of freedom on Wednesday after spending 25 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

New Yorker declared innocent after doing 25 years for murder
Freed Pussy Riot punk slams Kremlin amnesty as 'PR stunt'
Freed Pussy Riot punk slams Kremlin amnesty as 'PR stunt'

Pussy Riot bandmember Maria Alyokhina, who was freed from prison Monday under a Kremlin-backed amnesty, slammed the measure as a mere publicity stunt and said that she would have preferred to remain in prison.

Freed Pussy Riot punk slams Kremlin amnesty as 'PR stunt'
Pussy Riot punk Alyokhina freed from Russian prison: lawyer
Pussy Riot punk Alyokhina freed from Russian prison: lawyer

One of the jailed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina, was freed from prison on Monday after receiving amnesty.

Pussy Riot punk Alyokhina freed from Russian prison: lawyer
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta. ©Reuters/Noor Khamis
Kenya celebrates 50 years of freedom with challenges ahead

Kenyans mark half a century of independence from Britain on Thursday, celebrating progress of the regional economic powerhouse but also struggling to shake off a legacy of corruption, inequality and ethnic violence.

Kenya celebrates 50 years of freedom with challenges ahead
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Tech-backed coalition makes transparency push global

An Internet freedom coalition backed by US technology giants asked Thursday for 21 countries to release information on national security and law enforcement data requests.

Tech-backed coalition makes transparency push global
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US, Philippines vow freedom of navigation amid Asia sea rows

The United States and the Philippines have vowed to maintain freedom of navigation in a Southeast Asia increasingly beset by maritime territorial rows.

US, Philippines vow freedom of navigation amid Asia sea rows
Google chairman Eric Schmidt to visit Myanmar
Google chairman Eric Schmidt to visit Myanmar

Google chairman Eric Schmidt will visit Myanmar next week, highlighting increasing Internet freedom in the former pariah state just weeks after a controversial trip to communist North Korea.

Google chairman Eric Schmidt to visit Myanmar
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Anger at suicide of US Internet activist

Angry activists poured scorn on prosecutors Sunday for leading an overzealous campaign against Internet freedom fighter Aaron Swartz, with his family suggesting it contributed to his suicide.

Anger at suicide of US Internet activist