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The Autorité de la concurrence, France’s antitrust regulator, issued a USD $1.2 billion fine for Apple on Monday, citing the company’s anticompetitive practices in dealing with two of its wholesalers. The wholesalers, Tech Data and Ingram Micro, were also issued fines in the tens of millions. In a press release published Monday, the agency stated [...]

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The US House of Representatives voted 278-136 Wednesday to approve a bill that would reauthorize several soon-to-expire laws that govern surveillance by federal law enforcement. The legislation has been a hard-fought compromise among lawmakers from both parties with differing priorities about privacy protections, reforms of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts, and allowing continued [...]

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A federal district court judge issued an order Wednesday vacating the controversial “work and community engagement” requirements for Medicaid recipients in Michigan. Starting in June, the program would have removed tens of thousands of Michigan residents from the Medicaid rolls for noncompliance, and Michigan’s government has tried to terminate the requirements over the objections of [...]

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The Corte Constitucional, Colombia’s highest judicial body, on Monday dismissed a high-profile abortion case, declining to rule on the issue. The move effectively preserves the legal status quo for abortion rights in Colombia, with access to abortion only in cases of threats to the mother’s life, rape or fatal medical problems for the fetus. The [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that YouTube is not a “state actor” for First Amendment purposes and thus the platform can exercise control over the content its users post. The conservative nonprofit group Prager University (PragerU) had complained that YouTube’s terms of use worked to censor the group’s right [...]

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The US Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit on Wednesday upheld Texas’s winner-take-all system for awarding electoral college votes in presidential elections. The challengers, led by an organization called the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), had asserted that distributing all of Texas’s 38 electoral votes to the winner of the state’s popular vote, rather [...]

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In a document released by the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, a Special Rapporteur analyzed the concept of “psychological torture” under human rights law. Ever since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the report says, the international community has done impressive work addressing its prohibition on torture. But “at the same time,” [...]

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