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Arizona police start enforcing new immigration law

Police in Arizona can now start asking crime suspects about their immigration status, as a contested law that raised fears of profiling of Hispanics took effect in a state bordering Mexico.

Arizona police start enforcing new immigration law
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Anger as Australian senator links gay marriage to bestiality

A conservative Australian senator was forced to resign from his parliamentary role on Wednesday after he linked same-sex marriage to bestiality and polygamy during a debate.

Anger as Australian senator links gay marriage to bestiality
Obama administration appeals ruling against anti-terror law
Obama administration appeals ruling against anti-terror law

The Barack Obama administration asked a US appeals court Monday to overturn a recent ruling that struck down part of a controversial anti-terrorism law.

Obama administration appeals ruling against anti-terror law
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New York imposes partial ban on huge soda drinks

New York on Thursday became the first city in the United States to impose a limited ban on super-sized soda drinks blamed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg for fueling a national obesity crisis.

New York imposes partial ban on huge soda drinks
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US judge nixes terror detention law

A New York federal judge shot down part of a controversial anti-terror law Wednesday that journalists and scholars worry could see them locked up indefinitely for speaking their minds.

US judge nixes terror detention law
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Leaders, markets brace for German court's euro ruling

Germany's top court will hand down a momentous ruling on a new European crisis firewall Wednesday, in a decision with far-reaching implications for the future of the euro.

Leaders, markets brace for German court's euro ruling
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Liberated town turns to Islamic law until end of Syria chaos

Judge Mahmud Aqeed listens sympathetically to the woes of a tenant locked in a dispute with his landlord before turning to Islamic sharia law for a ruling in this liberated, rebel-held northern Syria town.

Liberated town turns to Islamic law until end of Syria chaos
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Scotts to pay big fine for fake pesticides, poison bird feed

Lawn and garden products company Scotts Miracle-Gro will pay $12.5 million in fines for poisoning bird feed and violating pesticide laws.

Scotts to pay big fine for fake pesticides, poison bird feed
British university launches legal fight over visa status
British university launches legal fight over visa status

A London university on Monday announced it was launching legal action over the government's decision to revoke its right to sponsor visas, a move that threatens thousands of students with deportation.

British university launches legal fight over visa status
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Brazil abortion stirs controversy

A Sao Paulo court allowed a woman to abort a four-month-old malformed fetus despite Brazil law only granting abortions in cases of rape or when the mother's life is in danger.

Brazil abortion stirs controversy
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Australia passes law to send boatpeople offshore

Australia's parliament has passed a law allowing it to transfer asylum-seekers arriving by boat to other countries, despite objections that refugees could be held indefinitely in remote camps.

Australia passes law to send boatpeople offshore
Ecuador grants Assange asylum in confrontation with Britain
Ecuador grants Assange asylum in confrontation with Britain

Ecuador granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday, setting up a diplomatic confrontation with Britain, which angrily insisted it would extradite him to Sweden.

Ecuador grants Assange asylum in confrontation with Britain
US migrants sign up to Obama deportation deferral
US migrants sign up to Obama deportation deferral

Long lines of undocumented immigrants sprang up across the US on Wednesday as thousands took advantage of President Barack Obama's decision to grant many of them temporary residency.

US migrants sign up to Obama deportation deferral
Former Blackwater fined $7.5 mn over US arms case
Former Blackwater fined $7.5 mn over US arms case

The security firm formerly known as Blackwater has agreed to pay a fine of $7.5 million to avoid US prosecution for smuggling arms, the Justice Department said in a statement Tuesday.

Former Blackwater fined $7.5 mn over US arms case
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US police federation chief urges stricter gun laws

A US police federation chief called for tougher checks on gun buyers Thursday, almost a week after a shooter used four weapons, including an assault rifle, to kill 12 people at a cinema in Colorado.

US police federation chief urges stricter gun laws
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America resigns itself to gun law stalemate

Despite profound soul-searching over the Colorado shooting rampage, there is no political willingness to end the long stalemate over the toxic gun law issue, particularly in a US election year.

America resigns itself to gun law stalemate
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UK immigration laws spark Pakistan wedding boom

New British immigration laws have unleashed a stampede to wed and a frenzy of English lessons for Pakistanis desperate to migrate as new restrictions come into effect.

UK immigration laws spark Pakistan wedding boom
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Over 300 foreigners deported from Atyrau oblast in Kazakhstan

340 foreign citizens have been deported from Atyrau oblast in western Kazakhstan for violation of the migration legislation since the beginning of the year.

Over 300 foreigners deported from Atyrau oblast in Kazakhstan
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Kazakhstan will ban checks of small business by end of 2012

Kazakhstan will adopt a law forbidding audits and inspections of small business by the end of 2012.

Kazakhstan will ban checks of small business by end of 2012
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Kazakhstan President signed law on trunk pipelines

Kazakhstan President has signed several laws on regulation of trunk pipelines in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan President signed law on trunk pipelines