Ukraine MPs vote to withdraw law to spur creation of anti-corruption court

KIEV (Reuters) – The Ukrainian parliament voted on Thursday to withdraw a law on the creation of an anti-corruption court, a necessary step for the submission of a new law that is more in line with demands from backers, including the International Monetary Fund.

Seeking to extend martial law in Philippine south, Duterte says militants regrouping

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday asked Congress to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao for a year, arguing that Islamist militants have been regrouping since a five-month urban conflict ended there in October.

Russian media law poses threat to free press: U.S. State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that a new law allowing Russia’s Justice Ministry to list foreign media outlets as “foreign agents” posed a threat to free press and it urged Moscow not to use the measure to tighten control over the media.