Malaysia’s parliament on Thursday repealed a controversial law that set fines for “fake news.” The law was introduced in April by the administration of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. The previous administration called snap elections in May shortly after passing the “fake news law” and was subsequently defeated. In the aftermath of the [...]

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UN human rights experts expressed concern in a report  Thursday that workers decontaminating the Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan are at grave risk of exploitation. Tens of thousands of workers have been recruited over the past seven years since the disaster, including migrants, asylum seekers and homeless individuals. The report states: The people most [...]

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A Baltimore federal judge on Tuesday declined the Trump administration’s request to shield information it employed when deciding to ban transgender people from the US military. The lawsuit , filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) , is on behalf of more than one dozen transgender people serving or who want to serve in the military. [...]

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A panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit  on Tuesday vacated  a lower court’s decision dismissing a suit against the Department of Homeland Security  for confiscating photos of law enforcement officials at the border. The photos were taken by activist Christian Ramirez in 2010 on a pedestrian bridge near the US-Mexican border. Ramirez observed a [...]

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A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by a group of congresspeople against the General Services Administration (GSA) seeking the disclosure of documents related to the lease and operations of the Trump Hotel Washington. The plaintiffs, 17 democratic members of the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, filed the lawsuit [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire on Tuesday ruled against New Hampshire’s “signature match” law , which has prevented hundreds of absentee voters from voting because of handwriting discrepancies. RSA 659:50 requires that signatures on “affidavit appear to be executed by the same person who signed the application.” If the signature [...]

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The New Zealand Parliament on Wednesday approved the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill , which forbids non-resident foreigners from buying existing homes. The legislation was a key campaign pledge made by the New Zealand Labor Party during last year’s elections . Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made foreign housing buying a political issue last campaign and claimed that housing speculation [...]

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