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Court puts Californian gay conversion ban on hold
Court puts Californian gay conversion ban on hold

A US court put on hold Friday a new Californian law banning a form of therapy designed to change the sexual orientation of minors, pending a further appeal.

Court puts Californian gay conversion ban on hold
US gun lobby urges armed police in every school
US gun lobby urges armed police in every school

The United States' most powerful pro-gun lobbying group demanded Friday that armed police be deployed to every school in the country following a mass shooting that left 20 young children dead.

US gun lobby urges armed police in every school
Obama wants concrete gun proposals within a month
Obama wants concrete gun proposals within a month

President Barack Obama put ending an "epidemic" of gun violence at the top of his second term agenda Wednesday, denying he was "on vacation" on the issue before last week's school massacre.

Obama wants concrete gun proposals within a month
Signs of evolving US gun debate after school tragedy
Signs of evolving US gun debate after school tragedy

New signs emerged Monday of an evolving US gun law debate, with several top lawmakers appearing more open to stiffening controls on firearms after the Connecticut school massacre.

Signs of evolving US gun debate after school tragedy
Special vehicle of anti-terrorist center. Photo by Danial Okassov©
Kazakhstan adopts law on countering terrorism

Kazakhstan Senators approved a draft law On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Kazakhstan on Countering Terrorism in the second reading.

Kazakhstan adopts law on countering terrorism
US gun laws vary widely
US gun laws vary widely

The horrific shooting that has left 20 young children and six adults dead in rural Connecticut revived the familiar US gun law debate, where restrictions vary widely between different states.

US gun laws vary widely
Same laws must apply to bloggers, tweeters: Leveson
Same laws must apply to bloggers, tweeters: Leveson

The man who led the inquiry into Britain's phone-hacking scandal has warned that bloggers and tweeters should be subject to the same laws as traditional media outlets to prevent a decline in standards of journalism.

Same laws must apply to bloggers, tweeters: Leveson
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Colorado becomes second US state to legalize pot

Colorado became the second US state to legalize marijuana for recreational use Monday, as its governor signed a voter-backed proposal into law.

Colorado becomes second US state to legalize pot
Weddings abound as Washington's gay marriage law kicks in
Weddings abound as Washington's gay marriage law kicks in

Hundreds of same-sex couples flocked to get married in the northwest state of Washington on Sunday, the first day possible after the state approved gay marriage in a referendum in November.

Weddings abound as Washington's gay marriage law kicks in
Supreme Court to take up issue of gay marriage
Supreme Court to take up issue of gay marriage

The US Supreme Court on Friday decided to take up the sensitive issue of gay marriage, hearing challenges to a federal law denying benefits to same-sex couples and California's ban on such unions.

Supreme Court to take up issue of gay marriage
Washington state lights up as marijuana legalized
Washington state lights up as marijuana legalized

Pot smokers lit up in Washington state Thursday as recreational marijuana became legal in a historic first for the United States, clouded by the fact that federal law still bans the practice.

Washington state lights up as marijuana legalized
Mexico gay rights groups cheer court's marriage ruling
Mexico gay rights groups cheer court's marriage ruling

Mexican gay rights groups voiced hope Thursday that a Supreme Court ruling against an Oaxaca state law that banned same-sex marriages will lead to similar decisions across the nation.

Mexico gay rights groups cheer court's marriage ruling
Poll finds growing US support for same-sex marriage
Poll finds growing US support for same-sex marriage

Support is growing in the United States for marriage equality, two polls showed on Wednesday.

Poll finds growing US support for same-sex marriage
Australia readies for first plain pack cigarettes
Australia readies for first plain pack cigarettes

All cigarettes sold in Australia will be in identical, plain packages from Saturday in a world first after the government overcame legal challenges from the tobacco industry.

Australia readies for first plain pack cigarettes
British newspapers back PM's opposition to press laws
British newspapers back PM's opposition to press laws

Britain's newspapers on Friday praised senior judge Brian Leveson's report into media ethics but warned its recommendation to introduce new laws could "suffocate the free press".

British newspapers back PM's opposition to press laws
Chilean senate approves controversial fishing law
Chilean senate approves controversial fishing law

Chile's senate approved a proposed new fisheries law Thursday amid opposition criticism that it would award fishing concessions to just a few families.

Chilean senate approves controversial fishing law
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Majilis approved law on state educational deposits

Kazakhstan Majilis approved a law to introduce a state educational deposits system in Kazakhstan.

Majilis approved law on state educational deposits
New law to ban India's 'untouchable' toilet cleaners
New law to ban India's 'untouchable' toilet cleaners

With both hands holding the basket of human excrement on her head, widowed grandmother Kela walks through a stream of sewage, up a mound of waste and then dumps the filth while cursing.

New law to ban India's 'untouchable' toilet cleaners
Nudists listen to speakers during a rally against banning nudity in parts of the city in San Francisco. ©REUTERS
San Francisco to vote on public nudity ban

San Francisco lawmakers vote Tuesday on a proposal to outlaw most public nudity, despite protests in the famously free and easy West Coast city.

San Francisco to vote on public nudity ban
Anti-gay marriage protesters rally in Paris
Anti-gay marriage protesters rally in Paris

Thousands of Catholics and other opponents of French government plans to legalise gay marriage and same-sex adoption marched in Paris on Sunday.

Anti-gay marriage protesters rally in Paris