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Russia announced on Monday that it had arrested  a US citizen on Friday for suspicion of espionage. According to Russia’s Federal Security Service, Paul Whelan will be detained until the criminal investigation is complete. The agency also refuses to provide details of the allegations until then. In Russia, the crime of espionage carries up to a [...]

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Trump Administration proposed major revisions to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards on Friday, which will ease restrictions and create financial benefits to coal and oil-fired power plants. The 119-page report found that the EPA proposes that it is not “appropriate and necessary” to regulate hazardous air pollutant [...]

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On Thursday , the United States District Court for the Central District of California denied an ex parte application for stay of proceedings. The application was filed by the defendants, chiefly the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on December 26, 2018. This is the latest development regarding a lawsuit filed by various immigrant child [...]

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The Thailand National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Tuesday passed amendments to the bill permitting the production, import, export, possession and use of cannabis and kratom for medical purposes. The bill allows the use of certain amounts of cannabis and kratom necessary for treatment of illness with prescriptions or certificates from medical professionals, and possession is subject [...]

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The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Wednesday that JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. has agreed to pay a $135 million settlement for charges related to improper handling of “pre-released” American Depository Receipts (ADR). The SEC found that JPMorgan had improperly provided ADRs in pre-release transactions, despite neither the broker nor customers having the requisite [...]

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The Rwandan government released a statement Monday that French Magistrates Jean-Marc Herbaut and Nathalie Poux closed an ongoing investigation last Friday, into the 1994 downing of former Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana’s plane. Habyarimana, a member of the Hutu ethnic majority, died in April 1994 when his plane was shot down near the Rwandan capital. The assassination [...]

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Protests have been ramping up across Sudan in response to the nation’s acute economic crisis. Inflation reached 70% in November and many have been forced to spend significant portions of their income on bread, leading some to refer to the demonstrations as the “bread protests.” Protesters have reportedly called for President Omar al-Bashir, who has been [...]

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The closed trial of detained human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang began Wednesday in Tianjin amid protests. Wang and approximately 300 other lawyers and legal activists were arrested during the 709 Crackdown on July 9, 2015. Though most of the detainees were eventually released, Wang has not been seen in three years, despite international pressure to [...]

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