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The Duma (the lower house of Russia’s legislature) on July 9 passed a bill that will allow the Federal Security Service (FSB) to issue warnings to people "whose acts create the conditions for the committing of a crime," the Moscow News reported three days later.

French parliamentThe French parliament voted unanimously June 29 to  give final approval to a new law to criminalize “psychological violence,” prompting criticism from judges and rights groups who worry about privacy violations and how the rule will actually be enforced.

The grand hopes of a decade ago that the euro, a common currency of the E.U., would lead to a golden age of economic globalism has been dashed on the rocks of political reality.

In a scenario that could have come from George Orwell’s famous book 1984, a controversial government surveillance system that uses hidden microphones to snoop on public conversations in Europe has been exposed. And it’s already drawing strong criticism from privacy advocates.

The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency reported on July 5 that evidence it put into the 3,000-page Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has several factual errors. The Dutch agency still remained firmly behind the conclusions in the United Nations-sponsored IPCC report.

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