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The US Senate unanimously passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act Tuesday to commemorate the end of slavery in the US by establishing Juneteenth as a legal public holiday. Juneteenth was celebrated as “Emancipation Day” in some southern states after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to declare “all persons held as slaves” in [...]

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The London, Ontario, Police Service, in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), announced Monday that the suspected killer of a family of four Muslims, 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman, is charged with terrorism in addition to murder charges. The victims are the Afzaal family, who were killed on June 6 when Valtman allegedly struck them [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Tuesday for an investigation into the UN for improperly collecting data and sharing personal information from the Rohingya refugees with Bangladesh, which shared the information with Myanmar, their country of origin. The UN is accused of failing to conduct a full data impact assessment, which is a requirement set by [...]

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According to the United Nations High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, Israel’s recent deadly air strikes, and the atrocities that the Palestinians had to endure due to the operations of Israel, may constitute war crimes under international law. While addressing a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on May 27, Michelle Bachelet voiced a [...]

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The US Supreme Court declined Monday to take up an appeal by a group of oil companies challenging a California state court ruling permitting two California cities to sue for damages related to climate change, meaning the case will be heard in state court. The cities of Oakland and San Francisco claimed that fossil fuel [...]

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The Tagansky District Court in Moscow on Sunday ordered political activist Pavel Krisevich to be detained for two months following a “suicide performance” in Red Square. Krisevich was charged with the crime of hooliganism after firing blanks into the air and then at his head in an act designed to support Russian political prisoners. The [...]

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An American father and son duo pleaded guilty on Monday to aiding former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan, while he faced charges of financial misconduct. Japanese authorities indicted Michael Taylor, a US Army Special Forces veteran, and his son Peter Taylor on charges of harboring or enabling the escape of a criminal. They [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Monday limited new trials for felons convicted for being in possession of a firearm, limiting the retroactive application of its 2019 decision Rehaif v. United States. The issue in Greer v. United States involved 18 USC §922(g), the federal law prohibiting felons from possessing firearms. Under the 2019 decision in Rehaif, the [...]

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In a historic decision on May 26, 2021, the Hague District Court ordered Royal Dutch Shell to cut its carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2030, compared to 2019 levels. The ruling came in a petition filed by seven Dutch environmental organizations, of which Milieudefensie represented 17,379 individual claimants. The applicants argued that Shell should [...]

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The Biden administration announced Friday that it intends to restore environmental protections to the Tongass National Forest. This would reverse a Trump administration rule that allowed logging and road construction in over half of the forest. According to the US Forest Service, the Tongass is the “largest intact temperate rainforest in the world.” More than [...]

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