Sep 26, 2015

U.N. migrants expert delays Australia visit over gag law

A U.N. human rights expert says he has postponed his visit to Australia because the government has refused to suspend a law criminalizing the disclosure of “protected information” about detention centers. The U.N. special investigator on migration, Francois Crepeau, said in a statement late ...

Japan eases late-night restrictions on dance clubs

Jun 17, 2015

Japan eases late-night restrictions on dance clubs

The Diet revised the adult entertainment business law on Wednesday to enable dance clubs to operate past midnight if they meet certain conditions. The revision came after individuals from the music industry such as performer and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, a prominent lobbyist, launched a ...

New law offers hope for U.K. pubs hit by drinking decline

May 19, 2015

New law offers hope for U.K. pubs hit by drinking decline

Britain’s traditional pubs are hoping a new law will galvanise the country’s budding beer renaissance and save them from a steep crisis that is forcing dozens of premises to close every week. Cut-price competition from supermarkets, the smoking ban and healthier drinking habits have ...

Mar 4, 2015

China says NGOs need regulating for 'national security reasons'

China needs to better regulate foreign non-governmental organizations (NGO) operating in the country for national security reasons, an official said on Wednesday, as the government drafts a law that has unnerved many aid groups. Fu Ying, spokeswoman for China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament, said she ...

Jul 14, 2014

Snowden slams Britain's planned emergency surveillance laws

Fugitive U.S. intelligence expert Edward Snowden attacked British plans for emergency laws to allow police and security services greater access to Internet and phone data on Sunday. In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, to whom the former National Security Agency contractor revealed the ...

With vote to curb immigration, Swiss roil Europe

Feb 11, 2014

With vote to curb immigration, Swiss roil Europe

The choice by Swiss voters to impose new curbs on immigration is sending shock waves through the European Union. The bloc’s leaders warn it violates the “sacred principle” of freedom of movement and politicians worry about its impact on other anti-immigration pushes. Here’s a ...

Jan 8, 2014

U.S. immigration overhaul gains steam

After last year’s confrontations and missteps, President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws. It will require a deft and careful use of his powers, combining a public campaign in the ...