January 14, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
A Turkish court on Wednesday banned access to websites showing the new cover of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which features a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. The court's prohibition of access to the sites is reportedly in response to a petition filed by a lawyer who said that the sites ...[read more]
January 10, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday sentenced Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to life in prison for supporting terrorism. Hamza was convicted and found guilty of 11 criminal charges in May. The charges included planning to establish a jihad training ...[read more]
December 27, 2014
by William Helbling
The High Court of Ireland on Friday ruled that a doctor can switch off the life support of a brain dead woman who is 18 weeks pregnant. The judgment made by the panel of judges challenges the Irish Constitution in regards to the separate rights between a mother and her unborn child. Responding to ...[read more]
December 4, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Young v. United Parcel Service the justices considered whether the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires an employer that provides work accommodations to non-pregnant employees with work limitations to provide work accommodations ...[read more]
November 27, 2014
by Valerie Howell
The Sudanese government has made a formal request to the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to close their human rights office in Khartoum following accusations of worrying abuses and violations by their peacekeepers. This request is believed to stem from the strained ...[read more]
November 27, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
Two men in Egypt were acquitted for charges relating to female genital mutilation (FGM) on Thursday. Since the law banning FGM was amended in 2008, this is the only case of FGM that resulted in trial. The charges stemmed from the death of a 13 year-old girl who died last year of an allergic ...[read more]
November 24, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A military court in Thailand on Monday sentenced web editor Nut Rungwong to four-and-a-half years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that the court ruled defamed the nation's king. Thailand's lese-majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten the monarchy, is one ...[read more]
November 23, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dissolved the lower house of parliament, enabling an early election to see how the public views his struggling economic policies. Abe had called for the election to be held on December 14. He is seeking a new mandate for economic reforms and is delaying an ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process on Tuesday strongly condemned the attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem. The Special Coordinator, Robert Serry, called on all sides to do everything possible to avoid further escalation. The attack Tuesday killed at least four people, ...[read more]
October 31, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday announced that the proposed law on Internet tax will not be introduced in its current form. The law, which was due for a vote on November 17, drew criticism for its alleged potential effect of curtailing opposition voices. The proposed legislation ...[read more]

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