October 1, 2014
by Addison Morris
California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill issuing a statewide ban against single-use plastic bags. Beginning in July 2016, grocery and convenience stores across the state will be required to supply reusable, multi-purpose bags to customers, to be sold for profit. This law, the first ...[read more]
October 1, 2014
by Addison Morris
The UK's Crown Prosecution Service on Wednesday dropped terrorism charges against Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses related to the war in Syria. Begg was scheduled to stand trial next Monday for charges including the funding and ...[read more]
September 24, 2014
by Addison Morris
Radical Islamic preacher Abu Qatada was cleared Wednesday of terrorism offenses by a court in Jordan, and was released from prison. The court found insufficient evidence to convict the 53-year-old cleric of helping to plan a thwarted terrorist plot against tourists and diplomats during Jordan's ...[read more]
September 24, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US government on Tuesday insisted in a letter to the UN that the American-led airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State (IS) were legally justified because actions were taken in defense of Iraq. The US, with the support of Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, ...[read more]
September 18, 2014
by Addison Morris
In defiance of an International Whaling Commission non-binding vote to impose strict limits on "scientific whaling," Japan on Thursday announced plans to proceed with a new round of culls scheduled for next year. The whale conservation organization voted at a meeting to require all scientific ...[read more]
September 18, 2014
by Addison Morris
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on Thursday delayed ruling on a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Robert Chambers stated that the case, brought on behalf of three same-sex couples and the child of one couple, has issues ...[read more]
September 17, 2014
by Addison Morris
Vladimir Yevtushenkov, Sistema's chairman and largest shareholder, was placed on house arrest Tuesday after being accused of money laundering. Yevtushenkov is one of Russia's richest men and is estimated by Forbes to be worth approximately USD $4.5 billion. Sistema insists that the charges are ...[read more]
September 17, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Supreme Court of Bangladesh on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of top Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Vice President Delwar Hossain Sayedee, sentencing him to life behind bars for crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War with Pakistan. Sayedee was convicted last year on counts of ...[read more]
September 11, 2014
by Addison Morris
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday called upon Thailand's military to end the "spiral of repression" that has been present since the military imposed martial law in May. The report, entitled "Attitude adjustment—100 days under Martial Law," examines the human rights conditions of the countr... ...[read more]
September 11, 2014
by Addison Morris
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday accused the Israeli military of committing war crimes over the summer by attacking schools where hundreds of displaced Palestinians sought shelter. The three attacks, which took place on July 24, July 30 and August 3, killed 45 people, including 17 children. ...[read more]

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