Voters in Switzerland rejected the Self-determination Initiative (also known as the “Swiss law, not foreign judges” initiative) on Sunday. The initiative was rejected in a vote of 33.8 percent for and 66.2 percent against the referendum. The initiative would have required an amendment to the Constitution that would require any conflicts between international agreements and [...]

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The Trump administration on Friday petitioned the Supreme Court to allow several cases challenging the president’s bar on transgender people serving in the military to bypass federal appeals courts. The policy, which blocks individuals with gender dysphoria from serving, has been subject to numerous suits. Federal district courts have entered injunctions against the ban, but [...]

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The Court of Justice of the European Union on Monday threw out a challenge to Brexit brought by 13 British citizens now residing in EU member countries. They were asking the court to nullify the decision of the EU to begin negotiations on Brexit because they and other expatriates, numbering over a million, were denied the [...]

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday called for a 60-day period of martial law, which would curtail public demonstrations, suspend elections and potentially implement required military service. The decree comes amid escalating tensions with Russia. This past weekend the Ukrainian Navy reported that sailors from three of its ships had been arrested by Russian forces [...]

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Voters in Taiwan voted against same-sex marriage in a referendum that took place during local elections Saturday. The referendum asked voters whether they thought that marriage in their civil code should be defined as between one man and one woman, and a majority voted that it should. Voters also voted to have a different process [...]

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New York state Judge Saliann Scarpulla on Friday rejected President Donald Trump’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the Donald J. Trump Foundation has, for years, conducted business illegally and abusively, including misuse of charitable assets and self dealing. The lawsuit was brought by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood. Trump sought to have the [...]

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On Wednesday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Social Security Administration, declaring that it unfairly ruled against a number of individuals who claimed disability benefits and had received those benefits while represented by a lawyer who was later convicted of fraud. Eric Conn, a Kentucky lawyer that specialized in Social Security claims, [...]

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A group of thirteen United States government agencies led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a landmark study of the effects of climate change on Friday, describing the economic impact that the rapid rise in global temperatures will have over the next century. The Fourth National Climate Assessment is the latest in [...]

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