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Immigration bill passes hurdles in US Senate
Immigration bill passes hurdles in US Senate

Bolstered by support from President Barack Obama, a landmark immigration bill passed a pair of crucial test votes Tuesday in the US Senate, kicking off weeks of debate on the comprehensive reform.

Immigration bill passes hurdles in US Senate
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photo by Marat Abilov©
Nazarbayev returns pension reform draft to parliament

Executing the authority vested on me by the Constitutions, I am recommitting the draft to the parliament for revision of and voting on the timeframe of the raise of retirement age for women: President Nazarbayev.

Nazarbayev returns pension reform draft to parliament
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US drops plan to allow pocket knives on flights

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), bowing to a chorus of outrage led by flight attendants, abandoned Wednesday its plan to allow pocket knives in carry-on baggage.

US drops plan to allow pocket knives on flights
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Swiss to vote on tightening of asylum law, again

The Swiss will vote Sunday on whether to approve an emergency tightening of the country's asylum law in a bid to stem the influx of refugees to the wealthy Alpine nation.

Swiss to vote on tightening of asylum law, again
French move to ban industrial food from 'restaurants'
French move to ban industrial food from 'restaurants'

Worried its gastronomic reputation is being damaged by substandard eateries, France is considering banning establishments from calling themselves restaurants if meals are not made from scratch by in-house chefs.

French move to ban industrial food from 'restaurants'
Russia's ambitious smoking ban goes into effect
Russia's ambitious smoking ban goes into effect

Russia's ambitious smoking ban, which aims to cut the number of smokers in half and improve public health, went into effect Saturday amid doubts that its measures can be fully enforced.

Russia's ambitious smoking ban goes into effect
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New law reignites debate over Germany's 'baby hatch'

Germany's "baby hatches", where women can safely leave their unwanted newborn, have come under fire as the government pushes a new law to guarantee a child the right to eventually know its mother's identity.

New law reignites debate over Germany's 'baby hatch'
Thousands protest gay marriage in Paris
Thousands protest gay marriage in Paris

At least 150,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Paris to protest a new law allowing gay marriage, a largely peaceful gathering that later turned violent as riot police battled hundreds of right-wingers.

Thousands protest gay marriage in Paris
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Nazarbayev signs law on countering pornography

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a law on countering pornography.

Nazarbayev signs law on countering pornography
Japan parliament approves child abduction treaty
Japan parliament approves child abduction treaty

Japan's parliament on Wednesday approved an international treaty on child abductions after decades of pressure from the United States and other Western nations.

Japan parliament approves child abduction treaty
French president to sign gay marriage bill into law
French president to sign gay marriage bill into law

French President Francois Hollande will sign a gay marriage and adoption bill into law Saturday, after the Constitutional Council threw out a legal challenge by the right-wing opposition.

French president to sign gay marriage bill into law
Photo by Marat Abilov©
Senate approves pension draft law in first reading

Kazakhstan Senate has approved the draft law amending the pension system in the first reading.

Senate approves pension draft law in first reading
Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photo by Marat Abilov©
Kazakhstan ratifies military-technical cooperation agreement with Russia

Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a law On ratification of the agreement between governments of Kazakhstan and Russia on development and implementation of joint action programs in military-technical cooperation.

Kazakhstan ratifies military-technical cooperation agreement with Russia
Photo by Marat Abilov©
Senators suggest revising draft pension law

Senator Svetlana Dzhalmagambetova suggests to return the draft pension law for rework.

Senators suggest revising draft pension law
Kazakhstan to introduce fixed rates on electricity from renewable energy sources
Kazakhstan to introduce fixed rates on electricity from renewable energy sources

Analysis of global experience helped define 2 major support measures: fixed rates and green certificates: Kazakhstan expert.

Kazakhstan to introduce fixed rates on electricity from renewable energy sources
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Lebanon 'liberal' for Mideast, but gays still targeted

Lebanon has a reputation as the most liberal country in the conservative Middle East, but even a night on the town for gays can end in arrest and humiliating sexuality "tests".

Lebanon 'liberal' for Mideast, but gays still targeted
Libya adopts law barring Kadhafi-era officials
Libya adopts law barring Kadhafi-era officials

Libya's General National Congress, under pressure from militiamen, on Sunday voted through a controversial law to exclude former regime officials from public posts in a move that could see the premier removed from office.

Libya adopts law barring Kadhafi-era officials
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China bans forced mental hospital detentions: media

A new law has taken effect prohibiting Chinese from being committed to mental hospitals without their consent in an attempt to prevent "forced detentions".

China bans forced mental hospital detentions: media
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Modern Singapore grapples with archaic sex law

With its gay bars and same-sex couples publicly displaying affection, the Tanjong Pagar district offers a glimpse of a Singapore whose outlook contrasts with its more conservative image.

Modern Singapore grapples with archaic sex law
Illustration by Tengrinews.kz
Kazakhstan mulls restricting cash withdrawal

Kazakhstan financial police is suggesting to legally restrict withdrawal of cash by individuals and legal entities.

Kazakhstan mulls restricting cash withdrawal