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Musicians blast bill to trim Pandora royalties

A group of 125 leading musicians is calling on the US Congress to kill a bill backed by online broadcaster Pandora that would slash royalties on Internet radio.

Musicians blast bill to trim Pandora royalties
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Singapore eases death penalty policy

The Singapore parliament has passed legal reforms abolishing mandatory death sentences in some drug trafficking and murder cases, giving fresh hope to dozens of inmates awaiting execution.

Singapore eases death penalty policy
Death sparks criticism of Irish abortion laws
Death sparks criticism of Irish abortion laws

Ireland's tough abortion laws came under fire on Wednesday following the death of an Indian woman after doctors allegedly refused her a termination because it was against the laws of the Catholic country.

Death sparks criticism of Irish abortion laws
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SAfrica minister wants ban on insulting president

A South African minister called for a legal ban on insulting a sitting president to counter what he said was a lack of respect from white South Africans.

SAfrica minister wants ban on insulting president
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Nazarbayev signed convention on protection of kidnapped children

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has signed a Law On ratification of the convention on civil-legal aspects of the international kidnapping of children.

Nazarbayev signed convention on protection of kidnapped children
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From pot to gay marriage, US voters have lots to decide

From legalizing marijuana and gay marriage to wiping outdated segregation laws off Alabama's state constitution, US voters have a lot more to decide next week than simply picking the next president.

From pot to gay marriage, US voters have lots to decide
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Singapore may bin phone books over privacy fears

Singapore is considering stopping the publication of free telephone directories listing residential and office numbers as privacy concerns mount.

Singapore may bin phone books over privacy fears
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From pot to gay marriage, US voters have lots to decide

From legalizing pot and gay marriage to wiping outdated segregation laws off Alabama's state constitution, US voters have a lot more to decide next month than simply picking the next president.

From pot to gay marriage, US voters have lots to decide
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MP accused Kazakhstan Economic Ministry of lobbying for tobacco companies

The deputy was outraged at the new draft law on taxation presented in the lower chamber of Kazakhstan Parliament.

MP accused Kazakhstan Economic Ministry of lobbying for tobacco companies
Britain to get 'tough but intelligent' on law and order
Britain to get 'tough but intelligent' on law and order

British Prime Minister David Cameron will on Monday call for a "tough but intelligent" approach to law and order, advocating a combination of tough prison sentences and lighter rehabilitation methods.

Britain to get 'tough but intelligent' on law and order
EU 'regrets' Israeli settlement plan
EU 'regrets' Israeli settlement plan

The European Union's foreign policy chief on Thursday criticised Israel's plan to build hundreds of homes in annexed east Jerusalem and called for it to hold fresh talks with the Palestinians.

EU 'regrets' Israeli settlement plan
North Mali residents say Islamists increasingly brutal
North Mali residents say Islamists increasingly brutal

The Islamists who have seized control of Mali's desert north are growing increasingly brutal as they impose sharia on the region, even as they violate the strict Muslim law themselves, say fleeing residents.

North Mali residents say Islamists increasingly brutal
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Nazarbayev signed law on mutual protection of investments with Austria

Nursultan Nazarbayev has signed a law on ratification of the Agreement between the governments of Kazakhstan and Austria on promotion and mutual protection of investments.

Nazarbayev signed law on mutual protection of investments with Austria
VP pick Ryan bows to Romney line on abortion
VP pick Ryan bows to Romney line on abortion

US vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan stood by his pro-life credentials Thursday but said a White House led by Mitt Romney would not try to ban rape victims from seeking abortions.

VP pick Ryan bows to Romney line on abortion
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Vietnam to free prostitutes from rehab: media

Vietnam will free about 900 sex workers next year from compulsory rehabilitation centres across the country, state media reported Thursday.

Vietnam to free prostitutes from rehab: media
Philippine president defends cybercrime law
Philippine president defends cybercrime law

Philippine President Benigno Aquino defended a new cybercrime law Friday amid a storm of protests from critics who say it will severely curb Internet freedoms and intimidate netizens into self-censorship.

Philippine president defends cybercrime law
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US court blocks controversial voter ID law

In a win for President Barack Obama's Democrats, a judge in Pennsylvania ordered state officials Tuesday not to enforce a controversial voter ID law in the coming presidential election.

US court blocks controversial voter ID law
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Outrage over Philippine cybercrime law

A new cybercrime law in the Philippines that could see people jailed for 12 years for posting defamatory comments on Facebook or Twitter is generating outrage among netizens and rights groups.

Outrage over Philippine cybercrime law
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Women suffer behind veil of silence in Mali's north

It was just six months ago that Toula, a young woman from Gao in northeastern Mali, could swim and do her laundry in the nearby Niger River.

Women suffer behind veil of silence in Mali's north
Uruguay takes step toward legalizing abortion
Uruguay takes step toward legalizing abortion

Uruguay took a step toward legalizing abortion on Tuesday as lawmakers in the lower chamber of parliament narrowly passed a bill allowing the procedure under certain conditions.

Uruguay takes step toward legalizing abortion