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A court in Austria convicted former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Friday for giving false evidence to Parliament while testifying. Magistrate Bernhard Bonelli, Kurz’s former head of cabinet, was also found guilty in the case on one of the four charges against him. Judge Michael Radasztics gave Kurz a suspended sentence of eight months in prison [...]

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The US Supreme Court vacated an order by Justice Samuel Alito on Thursday that paused the dispute between the terms of a $2.46 billion settlement between sexual abuse victims and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). BSA declared bankruptcy in 2020 amid thousands of lawsuits for sexual abuse against Scout Leaders. Abused in Scouting, a group dedicated to litigating sexual [...]

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A US federal appeals court halted the release of Robert Rundo, an alleged leader of the white supremacist group Rise Above Movement (RAM), on Thursday, reversing a decision by a US district judge in California that had led to his brief release. This decision came following an emergency motion from federal prosecutors, which cited Rundo’s “grave risk [...]

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The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) released a report Friday of thousands of incidents of human rights abuses it says have occurred during the ongoing conflict in Sudan, including attacks by militias in densely populated civilian areas, mass graves and widespread sexual violence. The conflict between the Sudan Armed [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit agreed to re-hear the court’s 2023 three-judge panel decision Thursday which struck down a ban on butterfly knives in Hawaii. Chief Judge Mary Murguia vacated the panel’s previous decision setting up another test for the scope of the Supreme Court’s 2022 ruling in New York State [...]

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President Biden announced in a statement on Friday over 500 new sanctions on Russian entities, one day before the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and less than a week after the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The sanctions target “individuals connected to Navalny’s imprisonment as well as Russia’s financial sector, defense industrial [...]

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Former ISIS affiliate Shamima Begum on Friday lost her appeal regarding the British government’s 2019 decision to strip her of British citizenship. Begum left the UK aged 15 to travel to Syria and join the Islamic State. The ruling from the Court of Appeal was unanimous, and as such, Begum must remain in Syria. The [...]

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The Missouri Senate voted in favor of legislation Thursday that would make it more challenging to amend the state’s constitution. Essentially, the legislation imposes a higher threshold for ballot initiatives submitted to Missouri voters to succeed in passing constitutional amendments. The legislation, Senate Substitution (SS) No. 4, is a substitute for Senate Joint Resolutions (SJRs) [...]

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The Supreme Court of Canada agreed on Thursday to hear prosecutors’ appeal of a decision that overturned a man’s conviction for firearms offences because he was arrested after a person he was with called emergency services to report a drug overdose. In the case His Majesty the King v. Paul Eric Wilson, the court will [...]

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Nigerian authorities must comply with a recent federal high court judgment ordering them to investigate and appropriately punish all attacks against journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Thursday. The landmark judgment, delivered on February 16, could have significant implications for Nigerian journalists, who are frequently monitored, arbitrarily arrested, attacked and killed. However, the [...]

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