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Germany to allow third gender option at birth

Germany on Friday will become the first European country to allow babies born with characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither male nor female.

Germany to allow third gender option at birth
Sultan of Brunei introduces tough Islamic punishments
Sultan of Brunei introduces tough Islamic punishments

The Sultan of Brunei announced the phased introduction of tough Islamic punishments including death by stoning for crimes such as adultery, in the monarchy's latest step towards conservatism.

Sultan of Brunei introduces tough Islamic punishments
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Brazil singers fight for right to veto biographies

Famous Brazilian songwriters -- long activists for freedom of expression -- are themselves coming under fire as they fight an attempt to overturn a law allowing celebrities to veto unauthorized biographies.

Brazil singers fight for right to veto biographies
NASA ban on Chinese scientists 'inaccurate': lawmaker
NASA ban on Chinese scientists 'inaccurate': lawmaker

A controversial decision by NASA to bar Chinese scientists from a conference on exoplanets next month was deemed "inaccurate" Tuesday by the US congressman who wrote the law.

NASA ban on Chinese scientists 'inaccurate': lawmaker
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Kazakhstan to toughen punishment for incitement of labor conflicts

Kazakhstan is getting a new edition of the Criminal Code. It will toughen punishment for incitement of labor conflicts and cybercrimes.

Kazakhstan to toughen punishment for incitement of labor conflicts
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Kazakhstan MP suggest adopting anti-gay law

Kazakhstan’s Parliament deputy Bakhytbek Smagul has suggested drafting a law to ban same-sex relations.

Kazakhstan MP suggest adopting anti-gay law
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Next Norwegian government to get tough on immigration

Norway's incoming government will get tough on immigration, future prime minister Erna Solberg, said Monday as she presented the main policies of the minority coalition she is forming with a populist right-wing party.

Next Norwegian government to get tough on immigration
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Malaysian protesters rail against security proposal

Around 30 people protested Monday against a Malaysian parliamentary proposal that critics say allows detention without trial, denouncing it as a broken promise by the government to scrap oppressive laws.

Malaysian protesters rail against security proposal
Bill Clinton backs Obama's push to promote health law
Bill Clinton backs Obama's push to promote health law

President Barack Obama got backing from Bill Clinton Tuesday as he sought to promote his health care law to the US public amid a congressional battle and an approaching sign-up date.

Bill Clinton backs Obama's push to promote health law
Kazakhstan calls US to repeal Jackson-Vanik amendment
Kazakhstan calls US to repeal Jackson-Vanik amendment

Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrissov had a meeting with US Congressmen during his official visit to Washington this summer.

Kazakhstan calls US to repeal Jackson-Vanik amendment
Obama: Navy Yard shooting must inspire gun law change
Obama: Navy Yard shooting must inspire gun law change

President Barack Obama used a memorial service for the victims of America's latest mass shooting on Sunday to make another impassioned appeal to reform gun ownership laws.

Obama: Navy Yard shooting must inspire gun law change
Foreigners flock to New Zealand for gay marriage
Foreigners flock to New Zealand for gay marriage

More than 80 same-sex couples, including 24 from overseas, have said "I do" in New Zealand since a law legalising gay marriage took effect a month ago.

Foreigners flock to New Zealand for gay marriage
Obama urges new gun laws, swift Congress action unlikely
Obama urges new gun laws, swift Congress action unlikely

President Barack Obama called on Congress Tuesday to tighten gun laws after the latest in a "ritual" of shooting massacres, but lawmakers admitted there is insufficient support for new legislation.

Obama urges new gun laws, swift Congress action unlikely
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Kazakhstan mulls transplanting organs without notifying families

Emergency organ transplantation without notification of the patient’s families, in case they are not immediately available, may be put into a law in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan mulls transplanting organs without notifying families
Hawaii takes step to legalizing gay marriage
Hawaii takes step to legalizing gay marriage

Hawaii's governor on Monday called a special legislative assembly next month to debate a bill legalizing gay marriage, in what would make it the 14th US state to do so.

Hawaii takes step to legalizing gay marriage
Gay rights activists protest Russia law
Gay rights activists protest Russia law

About 300 gay rights activists rallied in Madrid on Tuesday as part of an international protest against hotly disputed Russian laws cracking down on homosexuals.

Gay rights activists protest Russia law
Same-sex couples tie knot in New Zealand
Same-sex couples tie knot in New Zealand

Dozens of same-sex couples said "I do" Monday as New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific country, and only the 14th in the world, to legalise gay marriage.

Same-sex couples tie knot in New Zealand
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Kazakhstan wants to ban gay 'propaganda'

Kazakhstan parliament wants to follow in Russia's footsteps and put through a bill banning homosexuality 'propaganda' in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan wants to ban gay 'propaganda'
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US plans lower sentences for drug users

The United States announced plans Monday to reduce its use of mandatory sentences for drug offenses in order to tackle a cycle of poverty and incarceration in overcrowded jails.

US plans lower sentences for drug users
Rhode Island, Minnesota join same-sex wedding states
Rhode Island, Minnesota join same-sex wedding states

Gay and lesbian couples in Rhode Island and Minnesota began tying the knot as same-sex marriage laws in the two states went into effect Thursday.

Rhode Island, Minnesota join same-sex wedding states