The US Supreme Court ruled 8-0 Tuesday that the Endangered Species Act permits the Secretary of the Interior to designate private land as “critical habitat” of endangered species, which then limits the ability to develop the designated land so long as it is a habitat for endangered species. However, courts should use the arbitrary and capricious standards [...]

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The Ukrainian parliament on Monday passed Bill N. 9338 declaring martial law from November 28 to December 27. The move comes in response to growing aggression from Russia after three Ukrainian navy vessels were seized off the Crimean Peninsula. The Ukrainian president also stated that there is an “unspecified threat” against Ukraine. During the debate [...]

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order on Monday to create an emergency commission tasked with redrawing the state’s congressional district map. Earlier this month a three-judge panel for the District Court of Maryland ruled that the 2011 redrawing after the 2010 census was unconstitutionally done in a manner to favor Democrats. In the [...]

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Fundamental freedoms are under attack in countries and regions around the world, according to a report released Tuesday by CIVICUS Monitor, a global civil society alliance. The report, entitled “People Power Under Attack 2018,” details the crisis facing civic activism. The statistics and information gathered by CIVICUS demonstrate the continued rise in the number of [...]

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United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan pardoned 785 prisoners on Tuesday, including a British citizen who had been sentenced to life in prison last week.  The pardon came on the UAE’s National Day, in which the government said, “The release of prisoners, and the settlement of their debts and fines, reflects the President’s keenness [...]

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The US Supreme Court initiated its December sitting by hearing oral arguments in two cases Monday, including an antitrust claim against Apple. Apple v. Pepper involves third-party app developers’ concerns that Apple takes too large of a cut of the apps’ revenue and does not allow them to place their apps on competing platforms. Some [...]

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New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana overhaul bill passed the Senate’s Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee on Monday, and now heads to the State Legislature’s joint appropriations committee. The Medical Marijuana bill seeks to revise requirements for authorizing and accessing medical marijuana, establish requirements for institutional caregivers, revises permit requirements for alternative treatment centers, and [...]

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The Belgrade Higher Court on Monday sentenced former Serb soldier Ranka Tomic to five years in prison for allegedly participating in the torture and execution of a Bosnian nurse during the 1992 war. While in this verdict some judges requested a seven-year sentence, Tomic instead received five years. She can appeal at an undisclosed time. [...]

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