Germany's parliament has approved a tougher new asylum law. It calls for reception centers to be created across Germany - and family reunification policies would be tightened. More than a million asylum seekers found their way to Germany last year.
A gay senator has opened the debate in Australia’s parliament on legislation to lift a ban on same-sex marriage. Boosted by a nationwide public vote, the first LGBT couples could get wed before Christmas.
Lawmakers have drafted a new law to punish "political commentators and intellectuals" for defaming historical symbols. Egypt has witnessed a widening crackdown on free expression with fresh arrests and raids.
Once signed by President Vladimir Putin, the law would require foreign-funded media in Russia to register as foreign agents. It comes in response to the US requiring Kremlin-backed media to register as foreign agents.
Germany's leading council of economic experts says that the current rules governing work are obsolete and inflexible. But if the labor code is rewritten, will working people lose crucial protections?
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