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...

Desmond Tutu speaks out in favour of assisted suicide

South Africa's Nobel laureate and emeritus archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke out in favour of assisted suicide on Friday, saying society should grant the terminally-ill the right to "die with dignity...

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos wins 2016 Nobel Peace Prize

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who Friday won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, said it was a great recognition for his country and "the people who have suffered" in its long-running conflict...

Norway moves to ban veils in schools

Norway is to prepare guidelines banning female students from wearing full-face veils, the country's education minister said Thursday.

Muslim refugees "a challenge" for German society, minister says

The rising number of Muslims living in Germany as a result of the latest wave of refugees is "a challenge for the majority of society," Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble wrote in an opinion...

Iraqi activist wins Norway's Rafto human rights prize

Activist Yanar Mohammed was Thursday awarded Norway's 2016 Rafto Prize for her "work on behalf of women and minorities in war-torn Iraq."

Polish parliament debates strictest abortion law in the EU

Polish women face years in prison if a law tightening abortion legislation is passed. Activists opposed to the measure are demonstrating dressed in black outside parliament in Warsaw. Poland...

Syrian aid group White Helmets hails "alternative Nobel" prize win

A group of Syrian volunteers who work to assist civilians amid their country's civil war, often at great personal risk to themselves, were honoured Thursday with a prize that has commonly come to...

Every fifth child born in Germany had mother with a foreign passport

Every fifth child born in Germany last year had a mother holding citizenship from another country, a situation brought about by the mass influx of refugees into the nation, according to data...

Survey: Almost half of Australians support ban on Muslim immigration

Almost half of Australians support a ban on immigration for Muslims, a poll released Wednesday showed, revealing frustrations with their country's migration policy in the wake of a conservative...

Indonesia seeks to block gay dating apps

Indonesia is seeking to block gay-friendly mobile applications, an official said Friday, adding to a series of measures targeting sexual and gender minorities in the country.