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Kazakhstan to liberalise rules on protests and political parties

NUR-SULTAN (Reuters) - Kazakhstan will drop a requirement for public protests to be approved by authorities, make it easier to form political parties, and reduce punishments for hate speech and libel, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Friday.

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Satire offers new ground for silenced Pakistani journalists

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - An army boot and a sandal discuss what to do with fallen former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a satirical social media video that highlights the way journalists shut out from the country's mainstream media are turning to the Internet.

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China drafts law protecting foreign IP and prohibiting forced technology transfer

Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress accelerates process to address major concerns voiced by United States. New legislation updates previous version released in 2015 but never enacted ahead of formal trade talks expected in January.

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Congo government setting up fund to manage all aid donations

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo plans to set up a special fund to manage all aid donations under a new draft law, its cabinet said on Tuesday, a week after it failed to show up at an international donors conference.

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World Bank joins IMF in criticism of Ukraine's anti-corruption draft law

KIEV (Reuters) - The World Bank has joined the International Monetary Fund in criticising a Ukrainian draft law to create an anti-corruption court, the newspaper Ukrainska Pravda reported on Monday, citing a letter from the lender to the presidential administration.

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Germany cracks down on child marriages

BERLIN: Germany's cabinet Wednesday moved to ban child marriages after the recent mass refugee influx brought in many couples where one or both partners are aged under 18.

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Germany plans to fine social media sites over hate speech

Germany's Justice Minister has put forward a new draft law calling for social networks like Facebook to remove slanderous or threatening online postings quickly or face fines of up to €50mil (RM236.71mil).

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Germany plans to fine social sites if they don't remove hate speech

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Justice Minister on Tuesday put forward a new draft law calling for social networks like Facebook to remove slanderous or threatening online postings quickly or face fines of up to 50 million euros ($53.15 million).

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European parliament passes watered-down draft law on air pollution

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - The European Parliament passed a new draft law on air pollution on Wednesday that the European Commission and several members of parliament (MEPs) said was not enough to cut emissions to World Health Organization standards.