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Rights Group: Iraqi Draft Law Violates Free Speech

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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A leading human rights group says an Iraqi draft law would restrict free speech in violation of international law and pose a threat to journalists, whistleblowers and peaceful activists. In a new report, Human Rights Watch said the cybercrimes law includes vague provisions that allow Iraqi authorities to punish speech they believe is a threat […]

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China to ‘Earnestly Study’ Trans-Pacific Trade Pact

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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China says it will “earnestly study” whether to seek membership in a proposed free-trade zone spanning the Pacific. At press briefing in Honolulu Sunday, Chinese foreign ministry official Pang Sen said that Beijing always adopts an open attitude toward all regional arrangements that are conducive to strengthening regional economic integration. Pang said if China has […]

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Suspended US Teacher Who Vilified Students Gets Her Job Back

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A schoolteacher in the United States who was suspended earlier this year after vilifying her students as “lazy whiners” has been given back her job because of the U.S. constitutional right of free speech. School officials in the small community of Doylestown in Pennsylvania criticized English teacher Natalie Munroe for refusing to apologize for comments […]

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Families Warm to France’s First Smoke-Free Beach

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A small town on the French Mediterranean coast has banned smoking, becoming the first non-smoking beach in France. The project was introduced by the deputy mayor of the town of La Ciotat, Noel Collura, and went into effect earlier this year. Collura says he followed the example set by New York City, which earlier this […]

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ASEAN Wants to Re-Open Talks On Nuclear-Free Zone

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will re-open talks with the five major nuclear powers aimed at ensuring the region is free of nuclear weapons. Surin Pitsuwan, the ASEAN secretary-general, says the grouping hopes to persuade Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States to agree to a 1995 treaty that […]

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