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Uruguay: law regulating marijuana sale will bar drug tourism
Uruguay: law regulating marijuana sale will bar drug tourism

Uruguayan President Jose Mujica said Wednesday that if parliament were to pass a groundbreaking bill allowing the state to sell marijuana, drug tourism would not be allowed.

Uruguay: law regulating marijuana sale will bar drug tourism
Arizona's Governor Janet Brewer. Photo courtesy of vnnforum.com
Arizona governor limits immigrant benefits

On the day undocumented migrants lined up across the US to apply for deportation deferrals, Arizona's governor ordered state agencies to deny them driver's licenses and other benefits.

Arizona governor limits immigrant benefits
Japan lawmakers to approve long-awaited tax hike
Japan lawmakers to approve long-awaited tax hike

An unpopular bill to double Japan's sales tax and partially plug its gaping debt hole is set to be passed by lawmakers Friday in a triumph for the prime minister that could also herald the end of his job.

Japan lawmakers to approve long-awaited tax hike
Gay taboo turns to pride in Vietnam
Gay taboo turns to pride in Vietnam

Communist Vietnam is considering legalising same-sex marriage, which would catapult it to the fore of gay rights in Asia, where traditional values dominate many societies and sodomy is illegal in some.

Gay taboo turns to pride in Vietnam
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Senators revive US cybersecurity bill, with changes

A group of US senators has revived stalled cybersecurity legislation by offering compromises to address civil liberties concerns, an effort quickly endorsed by President Barack Obama.

Senators revive US cybersecurity bill, with changes
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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
Canada's Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. ©REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Canada bans foreign strippers

Foreign strippers will no longer be permitted to bare their breasts and shake their booties in Canada, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Wednesday.

Canada bans foreign strippers
Tarulata Rani. Phot courtesy of rawstory.com
Bangladesh's Hindu women fight for divorce rights

Unlike her Muslim compatriots, Tarulata Rani is unable to inherit anything from her family, cannot divorce and cannot claim maintenance from her absent husband -- all because she is a Bangladeshi Hindu.

Bangladesh's Hindu women fight for divorce rights
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Education deposits will become an option in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan citizens will be able to deposit money for their children’s education. A new draft law on the State Education Savings System has been presented by the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan.

Education deposits will become an option in Kazakhstan
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Anti-torture draft law presented to Kazakhstan Parliament

Draft law for prevention of tortures and other harsh, inhuman or humiliating treatment or punishments has been submitted to the Majilis.

Anti-torture draft law presented to Kazakhstan Parliament
Kazakhstan is considering U.S. practice on apprehension of suspected terrorists
Kazakhstan is considering U.S. practice on apprehension of suspected terrorists

Igor Rogov has inquired about the possibility of adopting the practice on apprehension of suspected terrorists for over 72 hours without court sanctions in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan is considering U.S. practice on apprehension of suspected terrorists
Kazakhstan President's residency Akorda. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Kazakhstan Investments Law amended

The President signed Kazakhstan Law On amendments to several legislative acts of Kazakhstan on investments.

Kazakhstan Investments Law amended
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Kazakhstan President signed gas law

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has signed a law on gas.

Kazakhstan President signed gas law
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Kazakhstan General Prosecution Office to develop draft law on peaceful meetings and rallies

Kazakhstan General Prosecution Office will prepare a draft law with notification-based permit for peaceful meetings, rallies and demonstrations.

Kazakhstan General Prosecution Office to develop draft law on peaceful meetings and rallies
Praying in public offices may be banned in Kazakhstan
Praying in public offices may be banned in Kazakhstan

Chairman of Kazakhstan Agency for Religion Kairat Lama Sharif confirmed that the new religious law imposes fines for praying in public offices.

Praying in public offices may be banned in Kazakhstan
Bekbolat Tleukhan. Vesti.kz stock photo
Kazakh MP asked to ban Kazakh women from showing belly-buttons

A discussion between Majilis deputy and Chairman of Kazakhstan Agency for Religion during presentation of the draft law "On religious activities and religious institutions".

Kazakh MP asked to ban Kazakh women from showing belly-buttons
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Religious literature imported into Kazakhstan to undergo check-ups

Religious literature that enters Kazakhstan is to be sent for theology check-up by customs authorities: Chairman of Kazakhstan Agency for Religion.

Religious literature imported into Kazakhstan to undergo check-ups
Kazakhstan does not have enough theology experts
Kazakhstan does not have enough theology experts

Draft law "On religious activities and religious institutions" has been presented to the lower chamber of Kazakhstan Parliament.

Kazakhstan does not have enough theology experts
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Russian Orthodox Church and Vatican will approve their viceroys in Kazakhstan with local authorities

MP Tito Syzdykov told Tengrinews.kz about the draft law "On religious activities and religious institutions" that is currently being prepared for the Parliament’s review.

Russian Orthodox Church and Vatican will approve their viceroys in Kazakhstan with local authorities
President Nazarbayev speeding up People’s IPO
President Nazarbayev speeding up People’s IPO

According to him, this is a real opportunity to raise wellbeing of common citizens.

President Nazarbayev speeding up People’s IPO