March 31, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The Malaysian government on Monday proposed two laws that would reintroduce indefinite detention without trial and allow the seizure of passports of anyone suspected of supporting acts of terror. While the government hopes to curb Islamic militant activities, critics say the laws could restrict ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Kansas and Arizona on Wednesday filed notice of an appeal to the US Supreme Court asking that federal elections officials force residents of their states to prove US citizenship before registering to vote. In November the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that the two states cannot ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday urged all sides of conflict in Yemen to obey the rules of war, expressing concern over reports of civilian casualties following air strikes in the capital Sana'a and other parts of the country. The ICRC reminded all parties involved ...[read more]
March 23, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York gave final approval Friday to a $970.5 million settlement for shareholders of the insurance giant American International Group (AIG) to settle claims that shareholders were misled about the subprime mortgage exposure that led ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Greece's Hellenic Parliament passed an anti-poverty bill on Thursday, despite requests from international creditors to hold off on the vote until they had time to assess its budgetary impact. The anti-poverty bill is the first law passed since the leftist government was elected in January. The ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
France's government on Thursday pushed a surveillance bill that would give French intelligence services the authority to monitor metadata. The government's hope is that such action would prevent an imminent terror attack. Parliamentary debate on the bill will begin next month. The measure has ...[read more]
March 16, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Four Thai activists will face military court on charges of violating junta orders banning public gatherings. The activists are members of a group called Resistant Citizen, which has held demonstrations around Bangkok protesting against military rule. Prosecutors have asked the men to report on ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Utah lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled legislation that aims to balance religious rights and protections against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) discrimination in the workplace and housing. The bill, SB 0296, proposes adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Utah's anti- ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman filed a review petition with the country's apex court Thursday against its verdict that upheld the death sentence awarded to him by the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) for war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War. ...[read more]
March 2, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Police in Myanmar on Monday prevented around 200 students from marching to protest a new law that they claim limits academic freedom. The new law was passed by parliament in September and puts all policy and curriculum decisions in the hands of mostly government ministers. The law bans students ...[read more]

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