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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch mosques terror attack that resulted in 50 dead. Ardern said that a royal commission, which is the country’s highest form of investigation, are reserved for “matters of the gravest public importance,” and the mosque attack was one of them. The [...]

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The UN said on Monday that it “appreciates” the Bangladeshi government’s plan to relocate Rohingya refugees from camps in and around the south-eastern city of Cox’s Bazar to Bhasan Char, a remote island off the country’s coast. In a press statement issued by its office in Dhaka, the UN said that the Bangladeshi government’s efforts [...]

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A jury on Friday acquitted former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld of all charges in the fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Antwon Rose II. The jury was instructed to consider first-degree murder, third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter. If convicted, Rosfeld could have been sentenced to life in prison. After three-and-half days hearing [...]

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The clock is ticking on the deadline set by the Constitutional Court of Taiwan to amend the law to allow same-sex couples to marry. On May 24, 2017, the court declared Taiwan’s existing marriage law unconstitutional on grounds of discrimination and gave parliament two years to amend it to include same-sex couples. If the government [...]

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The EU announced on Thursday that it would grant the UK an extension to finalize Brexit negotiations. Prime Minister Theresa May requested an extension on Wednesday in a letter to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council. In her letter, May expressed optimism that parliament will approve her revised Brexit deal, which has so far [...]

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