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.
Repatriation follows agreements between the 2 countries, says UN refugee agency
'I believe it was a serious warning, and I think serious warnings should be heard,' Antonio Guterres says
2 UN agencies set up mission to address 'bleak' humanitarian situation in central African nation
US insinuations are an invitation to terrorists, extremists, armed Syrian opposition to fabricate provocation, says Moscow
Secretary General Stoltenberg talks to reporters ahead of Thursday's NATO Defense Ministers meeting in Brussels
"A shameful verdict!", wrote Bosnia's Dnevni Avaz newspaper on its front page, calling the decision a "new injustice and a new humiliation for the victims".
Conference on Cyprus being held by UN aims at reuniting the divided island
Speaking to students in Germany to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan to rebuild a ravaged Europe after World War II, Mattis said Russia had chosen to challenge the "secure and peaceful" post-war order.
The MP was among ten Palestinians rounded up by Israeli forces in overnight raids
Hungarian PM says refugees should be moved "out of Europe"
Regulators find company’s search engine gives unfair advantage to its shopping service
Trump invites Republican senators to White House to discuss path forward after bill lacks votes to advance
US Homeland Security Dept. says monitoring global hacks, stands ready to assist