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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Thursday that his government will end exemptions for judges and politicians from sexual harassment laws. The announcement comes in response to nationwide protests against sexual violence, prompted by allegations of rapes committed by high level politicians, including an allegation against attorney general Christian Porter. Early last year Australia’s [...]

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On Friday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a ruling on whether the Wisconsin Elections Commission has a duty to remove voters who may have moved from the rolls, holding that it is not a duty for the commission. A Wisconsin circuit court had previously ruled that the removal of such voters was a duty of [...]

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The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it has launched an investigation into U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz’s alleged misconduct, including accusations of sexual misconduct and illegal drug use.   In its press release, the House Ethics Committee stated, “the Committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Matt Gaetz may have engaged in sexual misconduct [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights issued judgment on Thursday that mandatory vaccinations of children under the Czech Republic’s health policy do not violate Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. The policy, mandated by section 46 of the Public Health Protection Act, requires long-term residents to undergo routine vaccinations covered by public [...]

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On Friday, President Biden issued an executive order forming the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. Biden ordered the formation of the commission to study potential changes to the Supreme Court amid calls from many liberals to reform the Court. Under the executive order, membership of the commission is to be [...]

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu challenged on Thursday the authority of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories. The challenge resulted from the adoption of recommendations by the inter-ministerial team, led by the National Security Council, suggesting not to cooperate with the inquiry, but instead respond to the ICC [...]

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Russian authorities on Wednesday fined U.S.-backed news broadcaster Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe (RFE) more than $70,000 for violating Russia’s new foreign agent laws. New legislation requires foreign-funded media outlets to register as foreign agents and failure to do so can result in criminal liability for unpaid fines. Registering as a foreign agent requires organizations to [...]

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The State of Alaska sued over thirty chemical compound manufacturers Wednesday after it was discovered that the state’s groundwater was being contaminated by toxic chemicals. The 38-page complaint alleges that the defendant companies knowingly produced highly toxic chemicals known as PFAS (which include PFOS and PFOA) and released the compounds into the environment through their [...]

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Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico signed a law on Wednesday which eliminates the defense of qualified immunity for public officials, including police officers. Qualified immunity protects government officials from being held personally liable for constitutional violations. The new law provides: In any claim for damages or relief under the New Mexico Civil Rights [...]

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