Russia arrested a top scientist Saturday in Novosibirsk, just days after another scientist’s arrest in the same Siberian city. According to the Russian state news agency TASS, Anatoly Maslov was arrested on suspicion of treason. Citing a source close to the investigation, TASS claims that “Maslov is suspected of providing data that is a state [...]

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Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev Saturday announced that he would not proceed with a planned constitutional reform to remove the autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan‘s right to secede from Uzbekistan via referendum.  Mirziyoyev made an emergency trip to Nukus, the capital of Karakalpakstan, on Saturday following the start of protests on Friday. A month-long state of emergency in the [...]

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Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio Friday announced that the presidential cabinet had approved a bill decriminalizing abortion. The bill would overturn a law that has prohibited abortion since 1861. The president announced: At a time when sexual and reproductive health rights for women are either being overturned or threatened, we are proud that Sierra [...]

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A jury in the US state of Miami Friday unanimously found an ex-Argentine naval officer responsible for the so-called Trelew Massacre of 1972. According to the 2020 complaint, in 1972 Bravo along with three other naval officers woke up 19 political prisoners detained at a Trelew naval base. The officers lined the prisoners up against a wall and “opened [...]

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The Texas and Ohio Supreme Courts Friday denied motions by state abortion providers seeking relief from the states’ now-effective anti-abortion laws. Earlier this week, a Texas judge issued a temporary restraining order preventing a century-old state law that criminalizes abortion from taking effect. On Friday, however, the Texas Supreme Court granted state Attorney General Ken [...]

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The US Supreme Court Thursday announced that it would hear two related cases involving fraud during the October 2022 term. In Percoco v. United States, petitioner Joseph Percoco, who was convicted of bribery in 2018, is appealing his conviction on the grounds that he was not employed by the state at the time that he had [...]

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According to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) published Thursday, “Palestinian authorities are systematically mistreating and torturing Palestinians in detention, including critics and opponents” The report states that in 2021 the Palestinian national human rights organization received 252 complaints of torture and 279 complaints of arbitrary arrests in the West Bank, and 193 complaints of [...]

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On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court announced its verdict in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, reversing Roe v. Wade and upending 50 years of precedent preserving a woman’s right to privacy in choosing to terminate a pregnancy before viability. The state legislation at issue in Dobbs was Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear a challenge by Alaska Airlines Inc. seeking an exemption from a California law mandating meal and rest breaks during flights, letting stand a previous decision that sided with flight attendants in a battle over federal and state labor laws. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled [...]

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