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Rights groups take aim at Vietnam’s new internet laws

A controversial law to prevent Vietnamese internet users from sharing news articles drew criticism on Tuesday from human rights groups which said the decree is designed to clamp down on dissent in the one-party Communist state.

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Clients of private eyes face inquiry

The Information Commissioner’s Office launches an investigation into whether clients of rogue private investigators may have breached the Data Protection Act.

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‘Ugly Betty’ of Mexican cartel arrested

The suspected leader of Mexico’s New Juarez Cartel has been arrested, the state-run Notimex news agency reported Sunday, the latest in a series of high-profile drug arrests.

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Badger killings are ‘going to plan’

A pilot badger cull under way in Somerset is “proceeding to plan” and organisers are “pleased with progress to date”, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson says.

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Director Hayao Miyazaki to retire

Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, who won an Oscar for the animated film Spirited Away in 2005, is set to retire.

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The world is waiting to see whether the United States will strike against the Syrian regime — and whether anyone will join in.

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Yahoo ceases services in China

Internet giant Yahoo closed its news and community services in China at the weekend, according to local media.

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World waits to see if the U.S. will strike

U.N. evidence, which could show whether chemical weapons were used in Syria last month, will head to a lab Monday. But to some, the answer may just be a formality.

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Karachi violence: MQM re-submits requisition to call Sindh Assembly session

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Monday re-submitted their requisition to call a session in the Sindh Assembly to discuss the situation in Karachi, Express News reported. MQM’s first requisition had stated that a Sindh Assembly session be called on August28. However, Speaker Sindh Assembly, Agha Siraj Durrani had pointed out that some of the signatures of MQM members on the requisition did not ...

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Japan heatstroke kills dozens

TOKYO: The west of Japan had its hottest ever summer this year, official figures showed Monday after a season in which heatstroke killed dozens and hospitalised tens of thousands nationwide. The average temperature from June to August was 1.2 degrees Celsius higher than the seasonal average, with the mercury hitting a record 41 degrees Celcius in western Kochi on August 12, ...

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MPs’ bills ‘need a better hearing’

Parliamentary bills from individual MPs must get a better hearing to prevent the Commons from becoming a government “sausage factory”, a report warns.

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Islamabad standoff: Kanwal’s bail request hearing adjourned till September 4

ISLAMABAD: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) ruling on the gunman, Muhammad Sikandar and his wife Kanwal’s case, directed the police to issue its report on September4, Express News reported. The court adjourned for the next hearing without making a decision on Kanwal’s request for bail. Judge Ateeq-ur-Rehman, who was presiding over the case, was requested by Kanwal’s lawyer to postpone the hearing. ...

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