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Malta becomes first country to ban gay conversion therapy

Malta's human rights commission on Tuesday hailed parliament's decision to ban gay conversion therapy, the first country in the world to do so.

Disparity in Indian sex ratio is increasing, latest report shows

The number of Indian girls born compared to that for boys continues to decline, census data shows, despite nationwide campaigns to boost female birth levels.

Fewer and fewer Italian babies: births fell to record low in 2015

The number of births in Italy fell last year to a new historic low, official data showed Monday, months after a failed government campaign to revive the birthrate.

Norwegian Supreme Court rejects Snowden petition for safe passage

The Norwegian Supreme Court Friday rejected an appeal by US whistleblower Edward Snowden to secure assurances he would not be extradited to the United States should he visit Norway.

Germans up in arms purchases - 63 per cent boost over 2015

Germans are buying personal protection at brisk pace this year - in the form of gas pistols, pepper spray and tear gas - the Interior Ministry said in Berlin on Friday in answer to a dpa question...

US whistleblower Snowden urges global effort for privacy protection

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden called Monday for a global fight to protect personal privacy as a basic human right against mass surveillance systems.

Deep concerns voiced following report on Australian indigenous lives

Politicians and activists voiced serious concerns on Thursday regarding the lives of indigenous Australians who, according to a new damning report, are experiencing increasing levels of...

Italy divorces up 57 per cent after approval of 'quick divorce' law

The divorce rate in Italy has boomed following the approval of a law simplifying procedures to end marriages, official data showed on Monday.

Study: Working poor on the rise despite economic recovery in Europe

Poverty among Europe's working population is on the rise despite the fact that economic recovery has been gaining traction in the 28-member bloc, a study released Monday by Germany's Bertelsmann...

World's highest cathedral at risk amid stream of public urination

A stream of men relieving themselves on the world's highest cathedral - the Ulm Minster in the southern German city of Ulm - continues unabated despite the imposition of fines, endangering the...

Catalonia to uphold bullfighting ban despite veto by top court

The Spanish region of Catalonia wants to uphold its ban on bullfighting despite the ban being overturned by the country's top court.

Reports of racism jumped 41 per cent in month after Brexit vote

Police reports of racist offences soared by 41 per cent year-on-year in July, the first full month after Britain's vote to leave the European Union, the government said on Thursday.

Contract experts Hart and Holmstrom win Nobel Prize in Economics

Work on contract theory - with implications for firms, constitutional law and politics - earned US-based economists Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, the...

10,000 protest Sydney's early lockout rules

Around 10,000 people gathered in central Sydney on Sunday to protest against state government's lockout laws that prohibit customers from entering a pub or a bar after 1:30 am in the morning.

Colombian president urges final push after Nobel Peace Prize win

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday called his winning the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize "great recognition" for his country and "the people who have suffered" in its long-running conflict...