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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request  on Monday seeking information related to comments made by US National Security Advisor John Bolton on the US policy towards the International Criminal Court (ICC) . The FOIA request specifically asks for communications from January 20, 2017 to the present, which [...]

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The Italian cabinet on Monday unanimously approved  a decree  that will make deporting migrants easier. The new bill would make it easier for migrants who have been found guilty of serious crimes to be deported. Previously, this could only be done after a long appeals process. The bill suggests six criteria for determining whether an [...]

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Amnesty International UK blamed  the Venezuelan government under President Nicolás Maduro  for the “worst human rights crisis in its history” in a report  published on Thursday. The study highlights human rights abuses  that Amnesty condemns as showing a disregard for human life. Among the most poignant statistics are that 22 percent of homicides committed in 2016 [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of Minnesota  ruled Friday that a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that bans discrimination in health care based on sex includes transgender and gender non-conforming people. Plaintiffs Brittany Tovar and Reid Olsen brought suit against health care providers Essentia Health and Innovis Health over “health care [...]

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California Governor Jerry Brown  signed Assembly Bill 1884  on Thursday banning full service restaurants from automatically providing customers with plastic single-use straws for beverages. The bill allows restaurants to provide customers with plastic straws only on request by the customer. After notice of violation upon a third violation of the statute, restaurants are fined $25 [...]

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Governor Ralph Torres of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on Friday signed HB 20-178  to legalize marijuana. In particular, the bill allows a person who is 21 or older to “possess and transport up to one ounce of marijuana, 16 ounces of marijuana products in solid form, 72 ounces of cannabis in liquid [...]

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