Hungary’s controversial ‘slave law’ passes, sparking protests in parliament

Hundreds of protesters marched through Budapest and gathered at the parliament building late into Wednesday night, after Orban’s hardline Fidesz party pushed through legislation allowing employers to ask their workers to take on up to 400 hours’ overtime per year. Critics have dubbed it the “slave law.” The government told CNN that the “voluntary changes…

Irish abortion bill passes in senate

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Republic of Ireland voted to overturn its abortion ban in a referendum in May A bill to legalise abortion services in the Republic of Ireland has passed all stages of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament). On Thursday evening the report and final stages of the bill passed in the…

Australian Government Passes Contentious Encryption Law

CANBERRA, Australia — The Australian Parliament passed a contentious encryption bill on Thursday to require technology companies to provide law enforcement and security agencies with access to encrypted communications. Privacy advocates, technology companies and other businesses had strongly opposed the bill, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government said it was needed to thwart criminals and…

DR Congo Ebola outbreak: Death toll passes 200

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Medical teams are vaccinating people to help stop the spread of the virus More than 200 people have now died in the latest outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to health officials. About half the victims were from Beni, a city of 800,000 in the North…