World Bulletin/News Desk
Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a law which will tighten controls on civil right groups funded from abroad, the his press office said on Saturday, a move opponents say is part of a campaign to suppress dissent.
The law, which was cleared by the upper house of parliament and the Federation Council earlier in July, will force non-governmental organisations (NGOs) engaging in "political activity" to register with the Justice Ministry as "foreign agents" and to file a report to officials every quarter.
Opposition groups say Putin is trying to silence groups whose criticism of his human rights record has undercut his credibility and helped fuel seven months of protests against his rule, the biggest since he came to power in 2000.
Putin, a former KGB spy, has been in power for 12 years as prime minister or president and he won another six-year stint in March.
Earlier in July, the U.S. State department expressed "deep concern" about the NGO law - and was promptly rebuked by Russia for "gross interference", an exchange that underlined the impact the bill has had on already strained relations.
Syrian opposition bloc Ahmed Jarba was punched three times as he tried to separate rivals as a heated argument over the dismissal of commander Salim Idriss turned violent.
Vladimir Putin's justification for intervening in Ukraine to protect Russian speakers there has alarmed many in the Baltics
Moscow has cited the need to protect the rights of the ethnic Russian minority in Ukraine as the official reason for its military intervention
His scarce appearances have prompted doubts about how he will campaign, what happens if he falls ill and who succeeds him if his health forces him to step down in his fourth term.
International Criminal Court judge said that without Katanga's aid in procuring firearms, the attack would not have been as bloody.
American ambassador shakes hands with Modi recently, who is accused of turning blind eye to deadly religious riots in 2002 that killed hundreds of Muslims
The walls surrounding Ceuta and Melilla have been called 'Europe's wall of shame' by many critics.
Russia's upper house of parliament will support their decision, the assembly's speaker said, as West and China differ on sanctions against Russia
The survey suggests public support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's stance. She has been cautious about imposing anything but symbolic sanctions on Russia
The protesters have scaled back action over the past week, lifting the occupation of several main intersections, but several thousand are camping out in Bangkok's Lumpini Park, where shooting erupted
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that the government would not hesitate to bomb militant hideouts or send forces into the tribal areas if the Taliban did not abide by the ceasefire
The military operation is described as part of the Somali government's campaign to flush out the group from areas under its control.
Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem told the ANP news agency the assets were suspect.
The announcement comes after U.N. representative Robert Serry had to abandon a mission to Crimea on Wednesday
Nine Russian soldiers who were in Canada for preplanned military exercises will be deported from the country, officials said on Thursday.
The report shows that not only do freedom of navigation operations occur with adversary countries such as Iran, but also allied countries such as the Philippines and Malaysia