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The US Department of the Treasury announced Friday that it added four new Venezuelan nationals to its list of specially designated nationals. The individuals are David Eugenio De Lima Salas, Reinaldo Enrique Muñoz Pedroza, Indira Maira Alfonzo Izaguirre and Jose Luis Gutierrez Parra. According to a Treasury press release, the individuals were added based on [...]

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Seven UN human rights experts signed a letter to the Chinese government expressing concerns about whether China is complying with its international obligations for human rights standards. The letter, made public Friday, specifically questioned The Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, or the [...]

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Will Easton, the Managing Director of Facebook Australia & New Zealand, has released a statement saying that Facebook would no longer permit the sharing of local Australian news content if the Australian Parliament passes the draft News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commissions (ACCC) has said that the Australian Government [...]

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A federal appeals court on Monday denied an attempt by Michael Flynn, US President Donald Trump’s previous national security advisor, to dismiss the case against him. The case was originally brought by the FBI, but the FBI has since decided not to pursue the charges against Flynn further. Judge Emmet Sullivan has not permitted the [...]

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Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Rupert Colville said Friday that video footage of Jacob Blake being shot by police in the US suggested excessive force and a subsequent Wisconsin shooting demonstrated a need for stricter gun control. Kenosha, Wisconsin, has witnessed multiple days of unrest after Blake, a black man, was [...]

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Five nonprofit organizations, including Rock the Vote, Voto Latino, Common Cause, Free Press, and Maplight, have jointly filed suit in the US District Court of the Northern District of California against the Trump administration in connection with US President Donald Trump’s executive order from May expanding the government’s power over social media organizations. Trump passed [...]

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US Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan denied the emergency application for a stay on Tuesday filed by Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton related to the fight over whether Green Party candidates should be included on the ballot for the upcoming general election. Stapleton filed the application on Monday against the Montana Democratic Party requesting that the Supreme [...]

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The pharmaceutical company AbbVie, Inc. has reached a settlement agreement with California over allegations that it violated the state’s Insurance Frauds Prevention Act. The settlement, reached Thursday, includes AbbVie’s agreement to alter its marketing practices for the drug HUMIRA, which is used primarily to treat inflammatory conditions like psoriasis, arthritis and Crohn’s Disease. The company [...]

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has announced that Germany will be suspending an extradition agreement it had made with Hong Kong due to Hong Kong’s decision to disqualify elective candidates and postpone its 2020 Legislative Council General Election for a year. Maas announced the suspension Friday, the same day that Hong Kong postponed its 2020 [...]

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The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals released an opinion Monday supporting US Department of Justice policy on so-called “sanctuary cities.” New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Rhode Island were joined by the City of New York in a suit against the Department of Justice for denying them certain grants under the [...]

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