Australian broadcaster Nine in Google media deal as new laws near

Google reportedly agrees to pay Nine more than $23m a year for its media products in the latest of such deals as Parliament prepares content fee laws. Publisher and broadcaster Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd has agreed on a content-licencing deal with Google, according to one of its newspapers, the second large Australian media outlet […]

Biden calls for ‘commonsense’ gun laws on Parkland anniversary

US president says gun law reforms should include mandatory background checks and ban on assault weapons. US President Joe Biden called for a reform of gun control laws in the United States on Sunday, the third anniversary of a deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. In a statement, the president urged Congress […]

EU tells Ivory Coast to brace for stricter cocoa laws

The eurozone hopes to ratify laws later this year to protect forests, curb child labour and end farmer poverty. The European Union on Friday urged the Ivory Coast to prepare for stricter cocoa laws that the body hopes to ratify later this year with the aim of protecting forests, curbing child labour and ending farmer […]

Indian farmers reject government’s offer to suspend new laws

Coalition of farmers’ unions says they will settle for nothing less than a complete repeal of the farm laws. Farming leaders have rejected an offer from the Indian government to suspend contentious agricultural laws for 18 months and set up a committee to look into their concerns about the legislation that have triggered the biggest […]

Indian gov’t offers to suspend farm laws for up to 18 months

Agriculture minister says open to suspending laws as farmers continue their protest on the outskirts of New Delhi. India’s government has offered to suspend implementation of three new farm laws that have triggered the biggest farmers’ protests in years. The cornerstone of the legislation, introduced in September, allows private buyers to deal directly with farmers. […]

Two of India’s richest men face farmers’ ire over new laws

Two of India’s richest men have landed in an unlikely controversy over farming laws, becoming targets of protesters who allege the tycoons have benefited from their close links to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. For weeks, tens of thousands of farmers have camped outside the nation’s capital, demanding the withdrawal of recently passed legislation they say, […]

India’s ‘love jihad’ laws: Another attempt to subjugate Muslims

On January 6, the Supreme Court of India declined to stay controversial laws recently enacted in several states to tackle “love jihad” – a baseless conspiracy theory accusing Muslim men of luring Hindu women into marriage with the aim of forcefully converting them to Islam. Such laws are currently in place in the states of […]

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia, Azerbaijan ‘violated laws of war’

Azerbaijan and Armenia violated international humanitarian law in recent fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, Amnesty International has said, as the rights group accused both sides of indiscriminately killing civilians. In a report published on Thursday, it said there was “clear evidence” Armenian and Azeri troops had repeatedly attacked residential areas far from the front lines in last […]

India’s apex court suspends controversial farm laws

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday put on hold three farm laws that have led to massive agitation by farmers in Delhi, who are demanding the repeal of the legislation, which they feel will lead to the corporatization of the farm sector. The court formed a four-member committee headed by a former chief justice of […]

India’s Supreme Court stays implementation of new farm laws

BREAKING Top court pauses implementation of three new laws and says it will form a committee to hear the farmers’ grievances. India’s Supreme Court has paused the implementation of three new farm laws being fiercely opposed by farmers, who have been holding a large protest on the outskirts of the Indian capital for more than […]

India farmers agree to meet gov’t over new laws they want revoked

Leaders of farmers’ unions to meet ministers on Tuesday, possibly paving the way for the seventh round of talks as protests continue. Leaders of Indian farmers’ unions have agreed to meet federal ministers on Tuesday, possibly paving the way for the seventh round of talks with the government which has so far failed to mollify […]

India’s governing BJP says ‘no question’ of repealing farm laws

Modi’s party for the first time makes clear the government’s refusal to back down as farmers continue month-long protests. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party says there is no question of the government repealing the new agriculture laws fiercely opposed by farmers who are worried deregulation will reduce their incomes. “There’s no question of repealing […]

India’s Supreme Court suggests government delay farm laws

Author:  AP article author:  AP ID:  1608199614573353400 Thu, 2020-12-17 10:01 NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court on Thursday suggested that the government consider delaying implementation of new agricultural reform laws to restore a dialogue with tens of thousands of protesting farmers who say the legislation will drive down crop prices and devastate their earnings. Chief Justice […]

Tech giants call for ‘changes’ to Pakistani censorship laws

Islamabad, Pakistan – Tech giants Google, Facebook and others have sought “critical changes” to newly passed Pakistani internet regulations that broaden censorship and authorise widespread surveillance without judicial oversight, among other issues, in a new letter to the Pakistani prime minister. The letter, dated December 5 but shared with journalists on Wednesday, details the major […]

In Pictures: Angry India farmers march against ‘pro-market’ laws

Thousands of angry farmers have entered the capital, New Delhi after walking for hundreds of kilometres and battling their way through police blockades, tear gas and water cannon. Police have now allowed protesters to gather in the city, after initially trying to hold off the crowds.The farmers are rallying to demand the government scrap new […]

India farmers brave tear gas as they protest against ‘black laws’

Thousands of farmers have been stopped by police as they tried to march to the Indian capital as part of their Dilli Chalo (Go to Delhi) protest against new legislation passed by the right-wing government they say will curb their earnings and benefit big corporations. Police in New Delhi’s neighbouring state of Haryana, governed by […]

UAE announces relaxing of Islamic laws for personal freedoms #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Broadening of personal freedoms reflects the changing profile of a Gulf country seeking robust tourism. The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate, loosening alcohol restrictions, and criminalising so-called “honour killings”. The government said the legal reforms were part of efforts to […]

Shutdown in Kashmir after India’s new land laws #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Residents, politicians denounce India’s new land laws as a ‘settler-colonial project’ that seeks demographic change. Shops and businesses are shut in several parts of Indian-administered Kashmir in a general strike called to protest against new laws that allow Indians to buy land in the disputed region. Pro-India politicians in Kashmir have also criticised the laws, […]