Briefs, December 14, 2012

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 December, 2012, 4:16am

Philippine lawmakers pass birth control bill

MANILA - The Philippines moved closer to a controversial birth control law as lawmakers passed a version of the bill after debating an issue that has polarised the largely Catholic nation. The bill paving the way for sex education in schools and the provision of free contraceptives in a country with one of Asia's fastest-growing populations was passed by the lower house of parliament, despite fierce opposition from the Catholic church. Both houses of parliament must agree on a common version before it can be signed into law. AFP


Parties get more time to form government

KATHMANDU - Nepal's president gave rival political parties a third extension to his deadline for forming a national unity government to lead the country into elections next year. The main parties have failed to strike a deal on the political make-up of a proposed new cabinet, despite being given 13 extra days after missing the original November 29 target. They now have until Monday to forge an agreement. Nepal has been run by a caretaker Maoist-led government since the collapse in May of an interim assembly. AFP