October 18, 2014
by Ann Schober
The US Supreme Court on Saturday allowed Texas to enforce a strict 2011 voter identification law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. The court provided no reasoning in its order, which will be in effect for November's general elections. Early voting in the state begins this ...[read more]
October 14, 2014
by Ann Schober
Iraqi Shiite militia, armed and supported by the Iraqi government, have been committing war crimes and abducting and murdering "scores" of Sunni men in retaliation for attacks by the Sunni-led Islamic State (IS), Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. In a briefing AI reports that the militia ...[read more]
October 11, 2014
by Ann Schober
Federal courts on Friday cleared the way for same-sex marriage in North Carolina and Idaho. A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage on constitutional grounds. US District Judge Max Cogburn stated that the issue ...[read more]
October 7, 2014
by Ann Schober
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a case concerning whether a police officer's "mistake of law" should invalidate the officer's justification for a traffic stop. Heien v. North Carolina is a state court case that involves the arrest of an automobile passenger for cocaine ...[read more]
September 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted a stay preventing Ohio polls from opening Tuesday for those wishing to cast their vote early in the upcoming November mid-term elections. The 5-4 decision stayed the September 4 order from the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio requiring the ...[read more]
September 27, 2014
by Ann Schober
The president of Spain's Catalonia region signed a decree today calling for a referendum on secession and independence from Spain, inciting confrontation from Spain's central government in Madrid. In a statement after the ceremonial signing, President Artur Mas, emphasizing Catalonia's "right to... ...[read more]
September 27, 2014
by Ann Schober
The newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad on Thursday decried the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for its recent killings and human rights violations of women in ISIL-controlled areas in Iraq. He specifically condemned ISIL's public execution ...[read more]
September 23, 2014
by Ann Schober
The US District Court for the District of Colorado denied on Monday a request by Citizens United for a preliminary injunction to allow the conservative organization to air a political documentary without disclosing the film's advertising donors as required by state law. The documentary, Rocky ...[read more]
September 16, 2014
by Ann Schober
Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday ratified an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU, furthering its goal of reforming the country according to European standards and values. The agreement, "On Ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine, on the one part, and the European ...[read more]
September 13, 2014
by Ann Schober
The European Court of Justice (EJC) ruled on Thursday that EU member states may authorize public libraries to digitize works contained in their collections without the consent of the rights holders. The ruling comes after the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany brought a lawsuit against ...[read more]

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