Vietnam will hand out fines of 100 million dong ($4735) to anyone criticising the government on social media, under a new law announced this week, the latest measure in a widening crackdown on dissent by the country's communist rulers.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the crisis between Israel and the European Union over the EU's imposition of economic sanctions against Israeli settlements in the West Bank is getting worse.
Utah legislators will have $338 million extra for the next state budget, said Governor Gary Herbert and added he was in agreement with House and Senate leaders about a new set of budget figures to use for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2014.
Japan and China are using strong language again, this time over airspace, with each country summoning the other's ambassador and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calling a newly declared Chinese maritime air defense zone dangerous and unenforceable.
All illegal fishing activities by strong coalition of both local and foreign fishers are equated to "an act of terrorism," the South African Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said.
Argentina expects a proposed agreement for compensating Repsol for the seizure of the Spanish energy company's shares in Argentina's YPF will unleash fresh investment to rebuild energy supplies, a senior official said.
The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority Shurooq and the National US Arab Chamber of Commerce, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening investment and commercial relations between the Sharjah and the U.S.