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    The Gambling Research Centre (Forschungsstelle Glücksspiel) at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart has issued a series of recommendations to update German gambling laws, including imposing taxes on unlicensed operators, and legalising, but strictly controlling, online casino games.

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    A coalition of 18 California-based Native American tribes have put forward a proposal that could pave the way for the launch of legal wagering in the state.

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    Japan’s government has nominated Michio Kitamura, former inspector general of legal compliance at the Defence Ministry, to head up its new Casino Management Committee regulatory body.

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    Dumitru Mihalescul, member of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, has called for tighter gambling regulations in the country in a parliamentary question to the head of the country’s National Office for Gambling, Marius-Sebastian Ionescu.

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    Dutch Member of Parliament Roelof Bisschop of Christian Right political party the Dutch Reformed Political Party (SGP) has sponsored an amendment that would increase the nation’s gambling taxes in order to fund an expansion of Dutch student grant system.

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    Democratic Party candidate Andy Beshear — who pledged to legalize commercial casinos, sports betting and online gaming if elected — has won Kentucky’s gubernatorial election.

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    Cherry-owned operator ComeOn has launched its Comeon.com brand in Denmark, having received a five-year licence from the Danish Gaming Authority.

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    Ukraine’s parliament has released the full text of the bill to legalise gambling in the country, which includes provisions for online betting and igaming.

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    The Russian government has approved a designated gaming zone to be located on the southern coast of the disputed region of Crimea.

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    Changes to the GB Gambling Commission's Licence Conditions and Codes of Pratice (LCCP) that aim to raise standards for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and consumer interaction have come into effect today (31 October).

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    The Swedish Gaming Authority (Spelinspektionen) has launched an appeal against a decision to reduce a penalty levied against Svenska Spel subsidiary Casino Cosmopol for failing to comply with licence requirements for money laundering and terrorist financing.

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    The Ukrainian government’s conservative evaluations have estimated that the country’s gambling bill could bring in between UAH5bn (£154.4m/€178.7m/$192.8m) and ₴9bn, according to the country’s Minister of Finance.

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    The GB Gambling Commission has called for ongoing industry cooperation to continue to tackle underage gambling after a new report from the regulator highlighted a decline in the number of 11 to 16-year-olds taking part in gambling activities.

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    The Japanese government has revealed plans to formally establish a regulatory body to oversee the country’s land-based casino industry by January next year, around six months after it was originally set to be formed.

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    The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has announced changes to the regulations surrounding gaming license fees to narrow the definition of a start-up, potentially ramping up costs for smaller gaming businesses.

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    A long-awaited bill allowing for gambling at hotels has been filed in the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.

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    The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) has appointed Paul Newson, trustee of Australia’s New South Wales Responsible Gambling Fund, as its new president.

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    The number of people gambling in Macau dipped to a record low in 2019, according to a survey commissioned by the Social Welfare Bureau, with the number of people identifying as problem gamblers also falling sharply.

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    The Deutsche Automatenwirtschaft (DAW), the umbrella organisation for Germany’s gaming machine associations, has highlighted a number of key issues that must be addressed as lawmakers prepare to begin discussions over the re-regulation of the country’s gambling market.

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    Malaysia’s Minister of Finance, Lim Guan Eng, has announced that punishments for both gamblers and gambling operators will increase as part of the country’s 2020 budget.

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