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A Myanmar government sponsored commission tasked with investigating human rights violations in Rakhine State concluded on Monday that soldiers likely committed war crimes against its Rohingya Muslim community but found no evidence of genocide. The Independent Commission Of Enquiry (ICOE) carried out investigations in northern Rakhine State to determine whether war crimes, serious human rights [...]

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The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) announced on Tuesday a tentative eight-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that will increase the average annual compensation for players to six figures. The new CBA, which will begin with the 2020 season and run through 2027, features significant invests by the [...]

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Iran’s Parliament approved a bill on Tuesday labeling the US military and Pentagon terrorist organizations following the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani. According to Iranian state media, the triple-urgency bill designates the US army and Pentagon as a terrorist entity and further requires the government to allocate €200 million to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps [...]

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US President Donald Trump signed a $738 billion Defense Spending Bill on Friday which raised the federal age requirement for tobacco purchases to 21. Currently, anyone above the age of 18 can purchase tobacco products, however, the measure will prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. The prohibition includes [...]

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US President Donald Trump signed into law on Monday the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT Act), making animal cruelty a federal crime. The PACT Act forbids intentional acts of “animal crushing,” which includes conduct where non-human mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians are “purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Court on Friday unanimously ruled that a Pittsburgh ordinance that creates a 15-foot “buffer zone” outside of any hospital entrance where demonstrations may not take place is constitutional. The case was brought by Nikki Bruni, a local leader of Forty Days for Life, a religious anti-abortion [...]

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Two Pennsylvania civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a Marsy’s Law ballot question, a proposed constitutional amendment that would enumerate the rights of crimes victims. The state chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and the League of Women voters filed the complaint in Commonwealth Court against the acting head of the Pennsylvania [...]

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