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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch mosques terror attack that resulted in 50 dead. Ardern said that a royal commission, which is the country’s highest form of investigation, are reserved for “matters of the gravest public importance,” and the mosque attack was one of them. The [...]

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The UN said on Monday that it “appreciates” the Bangladeshi government’s plan to relocate Rohingya refugees from camps in and around the south-eastern city of Cox’s Bazar to Bhasan Char, a remote island off the country’s coast. In a press statement issued by its office in Dhaka, the UN said that the Bangladeshi government’s efforts [...]

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A jury on Friday acquitted former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld of all charges in the fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Antwon Rose II. The jury was instructed to consider first-degree murder, third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter. If convicted, Rosfeld could have been sentenced to life in prison. After three-and-half days hearing [...]

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted a detailed report to Attorney General William Barr on Friday, indicating that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election had concluded, finding no evidence of conspiracy with Russia to influence the 2016 election. On the same day, Barr sent a letter to both the House and Senate Committees [...]

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The EU announced on Thursday that it would grant the UK an extension to finalize Brexit negotiations. Prime Minister Theresa May requested an extension on Wednesday in a letter to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council. In her letter, May expressed optimism that parliament will approve her revised Brexit deal, which has so far [...]

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A UN report on Thursday described the ill treatment of migrants and refugees in Libya, including rape and torture by smugglers, traffickers, Libyan officials and armed groups. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour presented the report by the High Commissioner on Afghanistan and Libya. Gilmour said that evidence of systematic rape and torture of men, [...]

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The United Nation’s Human Rights Council released a report last Friday detailing its investigation into Israeli Security Forces’ (ISF) unlawful conduct and response against civilian protesters in Gaza beginning in March 2018. The independent international Commission conducted an investigation into the Gaza demonstrations organized by a “Higher National Committee” made up of members of Palestinian society, [...]

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In a vote of 68-22, the Tennessee House passed a bill Thursday preventing state and local agencies from discriminating against a business entity’s internal policies. The legislation seeks to prevent universities, counties, and local agencies from implementing nondiscrimination policies against companies that have their own internal policies. These internal policies include discrimination against LGBTQ populations. LGBTQ [...]

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A Wisconsin state judge on Thursday granted a temporary injunction on laws passed during a special session of the legislature last December that sought to limit powers of the state’s incoming governor. State Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess issued the injunction by concluding that the special session of the legislature was unlawful and therefore void. By [...]

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