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MPs waive off legalization of polygamy in Kazakhstan

Members of Kazakhstan's Majilis (Lower Chamber of the Parliament) have commented on the idea of making polygamy legal in Kazakhstan.

MPs waive off legalization of polygamy in Kazakhstan
Marat Tolebayev. ©Maxim Popov
Ex-Vice-Minister of Agriculture promotes polygamy in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s former Vice-Minister of Agriculture of Marat Tolibayev has proposed to legalize polygamy in Kazakhstan.

Ex-Vice-Minister of Agriculture promotes polygamy in Kazakhstan
Hollande says may sue magazine over affair claim
Hollande says may sue magazine over affair claim

French President Francois Hollande told AFP Friday he was considering legal action against Closer after the magazine said he was having an affair with an actress.

Hollande says may sue magazine over affair claim
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UAE made me 'a scapegoat': US man jailed for YouTube gag

An American jailed for nine months in the United Arab Emirates for making a spoof YouTube video mocking Dubai teenagers returned home Thursday, comparing the experience to being in a "cage."

UAE made me 'a scapegoat': US man jailed for YouTube gag
Hollande backs ban on 'anti-Semitic' comedian
Hollande backs ban on 'anti-Semitic' comedian

President Francois Hollande has backed attempts to ban controversial French comedian Dieudonne as a furore intensified over his sketches that have been widely condemned as anti-Semitic.

Hollande backs ban on 'anti-Semitic' comedian
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Commercial catching of sturgeons at Caspian banned

A moratorium on commercial fishing of sturgeons at the Caspian Sea came into force on January 1, 2014.

Commercial catching of sturgeons at Caspian banned
Obama proposes new gun rules for mentally ill
Obama proposes new gun rules for mentally ill

The Obama administration proposed two new federal gun control rules Friday to ensure more information about the mentally ill reaches background check databases, after a series of high-profile US shootings.

Obama proposes new gun rules for mentally ill
Nazi hunters call for protests against French comic
Nazi hunters call for protests against French comic

A Nazi-hunting family has called for protests against controversial French comedian Dieudonne over his vitriolic brand of humour targeting Jews, as a government minister said he must pay fines accrued for racist abuse.

Nazi hunters call for protests against French comic
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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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China holds ex-security chief's colleague over graft

A former close colleague of China's ex-chief of internal security Zhou Yongkang is under investigation for "law and discipline violations", authorities have announced, stepping up anti-corruption inquiries another notch.

China holds ex-security chief's colleague over graft
Huge crowds hold Madrid mass after new abortion law
Huge crowds hold Madrid mass after new abortion law

Tens of thousands of Roman Catholics joined in an open-air mass in central Madrid on Sunday to celebrate the Holy Family, just days after the Spanish government agreed to tighten the abortion law.

Huge crowds hold Madrid mass after new abortion law
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Argentina court grants abortion for teen rape victim

A court in Argentina ruled Friday that a 14-year old rape victim could have an abortion, overturning a judge's earlier decision barring the girl from seeking the procedure.

Argentina court grants abortion for teen rape victim
©Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi
UN rights body urges Uganda leader to shun anti-gay bill

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday called on Uganda's president not to sign a harsh anti-gay draft law that sailed through parliament last week.

UN rights body urges Uganda leader to shun anti-gay bill
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Turkey considers compensating Kazakhstan for spoilt vacation

The Turkish government is ready to consider Kazakhstan’s claims against Turkish Qualitum Tour company.

Turkey considers compensating Kazakhstan for spoilt vacation
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Sherlock Holmes is free, US judge rules

The beloved British detective Sherlock Holmes is now free to be reimagined in the United States after a federal judge ruled that licensing fees are no longer required.

Sherlock Holmes is free, US judge rules
China formally abolishes labour camps: state media
China formally abolishes labour camps: state media

China's top legislative committee on Saturday formally abolished the country's "re-education through labour" camps and approved a loosening of its one-child policy, state media reported.

China formally abolishes labour camps: state media
Obama signs defense, budget bills into law
Obama signs defense, budget bills into law

President Barack Obama signed into law Thursday the compromise US budget bill recently negotiated by feuding lawmakers and a massive defense measure that takes a step toward ultimate closure of Guantanamo.

Obama signs defense, budget bills into law
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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
US 'concern' over Uganda anti-gay bill
US 'concern' over Uganda anti-gay bill

The United States voiced concern on Tuesday over a draconian anti-homosexuality bill passed by Uganda's parliament.

US 'concern' over Uganda anti-gay bill
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