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Spain vows to tighten abortion law despite criticism
Spain vows to tighten abortion law despite criticism

Spain's centre-right government has vowed to "promptly" tighten the nation's abortion laws, angering the opposition Socialist Party which had eased access to the procedure.

Spain vows to tighten abortion law despite criticism
Battle lines drawn as US Senate readies gun debate
Battle lines drawn as US Senate readies gun debate

The most significant US Senate debate on gun laws in 20 years starts Tuesday with the chamber introducing a bipartisan compromise on background checks.

Battle lines drawn as US Senate readies gun debate
US senators reach deal on gun-sale background checks
US senators reach deal on gun-sale background checks

Senators struck a hard-fought compromise Wednesday that could expand US background checks to all commercial firearms sales, which may result in the most ambitious change to gun laws since 1994.

US senators reach deal on gun-sale background checks
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Foreign experts to check quality of Kazakhstan roads

Kazakhstan Ministry of Transport and Communications insists on hiring foreign companies to check and accept Kazakhstan roads into service.

Foreign experts to check quality of Kazakhstan roads
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Every second Almaty cafe violates shisha law

Almaty's bars and restaurants were checked for observance of the shisha-banning law.

Every second Almaty cafe violates shisha law
©REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Kazakhstan bans smoking shisha in public places

Kazakhstan Healthcare Ministry introduced a ban on smoking shisha in public places, including night clubs, restaurants, cinemas and any indoor public entertainment facilities on March 14, 2013.

Kazakhstan bans smoking shisha in public places
New Kazakhstan Criminal Code to expand release on bail use
New Kazakhstan Criminal Code to expand release on bail use

The new Criminal Code of Kazakhstan is going to expand the cases when the right to bail can be applied.

New Kazakhstan Criminal Code to expand release on bail use
©REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
China performed 330 mn abortions since 1971: data

Nearly 330 million abortions have been performed in China in the 40 years since it first implemented measures to limit population growth in the world's most populous nation.

China performed 330 mn abortions since 1971: data
Vote delay could destabilise Lebanon
Vote delay could destabilise Lebanon

A divisive debate over Lebanon's electoral law may delay parliamentary elections scheduled for June 9, stoking fears of instability in a country already rattled by the conflict in neighbouring Syria.

Vote delay could destabilise Lebanon
Keith Vaz, the head of Britain's influential Home Affairs Committee. ©REUTERS/B Mathur
British police law risks human rights: parliament report

Britain should conduct a "fundamental review of the law" governing undercover operations after police were accused of stealing the identities of dead children.

British police law risks human rights: parliament report
©REUTERS/Toby Melville
Amsterdam raises legal age for prostitution to 21

The city of Amsterdam said Tuesday it will raise the legal age of prostitutes from 18 to 21 and announced plans to close brothels during the early morning hours in a bid to protect sex workers.

Amsterdam raises legal age for prostitution to 21
Putin signs law banning smoking in public places
Putin signs law banning smoking in public places

President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning smoking in public places in Russia from June, a cornerstone of the government's bid to improve public health in the nicotine-addicted country.

Putin signs law banning smoking in public places
Obama asks Supreme Court to overturn gay marriage ban
Obama asks Supreme Court to overturn gay marriage ban

The Barack Obama administration on Friday formally asked the US Supreme Court to strike down a 1996 law defining marriage exclusively as a union between a man and a woman.

Obama asks Supreme Court to overturn gay marriage ban
Philippines hopes law will avert launder blacklisting
Philippines hopes law will avert launder blacklisting

The Philippines hopes to avoid being put on a blacklist of money-laundering havens after President Benigno Aquino signed a new law boosting safeguards against such crimes.

Philippines hopes law will avert launder blacklisting
©REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Gay and lesbian adoptions the new norm in Quebec

"I would like to have a mother, but I wouldn't want to lose my two dads," says Frida, a radiant six-year-old Canadian girl unaware of the international controversy raging over gay parenting rights.

Gay and lesbian adoptions the new norm in Quebec
Photo by Danial Okassov©
Kazakhstan Army to be used against swinging situation inside the country

President Nursultan Nazarbayev instructed to study the existing capacities of the country's Armed Forces and set several tasks to the law-enforcement authorities.

Kazakhstan Army to be used against swinging situation inside the country
Kazakhstan General Prosecutor Askhat Daulbayev. Photo by Danial Okassov©
Kazakhstan General Prosecutor says law-enforcement authorities are poorly prepared to counter terrorism

Inability of Kazakhstan's law-enforcement structures to adequately respond to today’s challenges is the system’s shortage: Askhat Daulbayev.

Kazakhstan General Prosecutor says law-enforcement authorities are poorly prepared to counter terrorism
India set to introduce death penalty in some rape cases
India set to introduce death penalty in some rape cases

India's cabinet has approved harsher punishments for rapists, including the death penalty, after a brutal gang-rape in New Delhi that sparked national outrage.

India set to introduce death penalty in some rape cases
Obama: 'the time is now' for immigration reform
Obama: 'the time is now' for immigration reform

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that long-sought reforms to a "broken" immigration system were within America's grasp, seeking to lock in rare momentum towards a major cross-party compromise.

Obama: 'the time is now' for immigration reform
Obama to harness immigration reform momentum
Obama to harness immigration reform momentum

President Barack Obama heads to Las Vegas Tuesday to begin to mobilize the US public behind a comprehensive immigration reform drive that could provide a glittering second-term legacy achievement.

Obama to harness immigration reform momentum