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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will reconsider its role in the five-point peace plan with Myanmar if its military junta continues to execute prisoners, ASEAN chair Hun Sen of Cambodia said Wednesday at the opening of the ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Phnom Penh. This announcement comes in the wake of the military [...]

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A South Carolina judge Tuesday declined to overturn the state’s Fetal Heartbeat Law, which bans abortions after six weeks. The judge also granted the state’s request to send the case directly to the South Carolina Supreme Court. The motion to stop the abortion law from taking effect, filed by Planned Parenthood, asserts that the law [...]

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According to state media Monday, Myanmar’s military junta executed four pro-democracy activists over the weekend. The four individuals put to death were Phyo Zeya Thaw, a lawmaker from Aung San Suu Kyi’s ousted party National League for Democracy, and veteran activist Ko Jimmy, both sentenced under the Myanmar Counter-Terrorism Law, and Ko Hla Myo Aung and Ko Aung Thura [...]

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The US Justice Department (DOJ) announced the opening of an investigation Friday to determine whether the City of Houston, Texas has discriminated against minorities in a predominantly Black and Latino area by failing to enforce illegal dumping restrictions. According to a complaint by Lone Star Legal Aid, the City has not adequately responded to calls [...]

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The US House Judiciary Committee Wednesday marked up and advanced two bills that would ban assault-style rifles and make it easier to sue gun manufacturers if their weapons are used unlawfully. The first bill, advanced in a 25-18 vote, entitled the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2021” (H.R. 1808), forbids the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or [...]

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The Texas Department of Public Safety Monday announced that an internal review was underway into the law enforcement response to the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting “to determine if any violations of policy, law, or doctrine occurred.” This follows the release of a report into the response by the Texas House of Representatives on Sunday. The [...]

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The US Chamber of Commerce has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) claiming that the FTC has taken “unlawful and self-aggrandizing actions,” including counting votes from departed commissioners and coordinating with foreign governments, and unlawfully withholding internal records of these actions from the public. The US Chamber, a business lobbying group, made [...]

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The US House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack Tuesday presented evidence that extremist groups showed up in Washington DC with violent intentions in response a to tweet from Former US President Donald Trump. The hearing also unveiled radical proposals from Trump allies, discussed hours before the tweet was posted, and showed that the riot [...]

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The top US diplomat in Hong Kong Monday urged the Chinese government to loosen political controls over Hong Kong which have broken international agreements, undermined the will of citizens and threatened its economy. The PRC has taken steps to “dismantle and destroy” Hong Kong’s freedoms, said US Consul General Hanscom Smith. Beijing promised a high [...]

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The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) Friday adopted a resolution affirming its commitment to equal rights for women in Afghanistan, calling for representative participation in an organized dialogue on the issue at the next HRC session and directing the Taliban to establish institutions to protect the rights of women and victims of sexual and gender-based violence. [...]

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