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The Pacific Island Forum Wednesday expressed concern in a public seminar over Japan’s plans to discharge radioactive waste from reactors damaged in the Fukushima nuclear disaster into the Pacific Ocean. Secretary General Henry Puna discussed the findings of an independent panel of experts on Japan’s plan and claimed that Japan’s assertion of safety lacks scientific [...]

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In a filing released Tueday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) argued before a federal judge in Amarillo, Texas that reversing the approval of medication abortion drug mifepristone would “dramatically harm” public interest. The FDA argued that the drug was a “meaningful therapeutic benefit to patients” and had benefited thousands of women. The FDA [...]

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German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock Monday called for an international tribunal to prosecute Russian officials for war crimes and the crime of aggression in the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war. Baerbock delivered the remarks in a speech titled “Strengthening International Law in times of crisis” at the Hague Academy of International Law. Making her case for the [...]

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The government of Peru Saturday declared a state of emergency through in the wake of national anti-government protests that have left 42 civilians dead. Supreme Decree No. 009-2023—published in Peru’s official gazette —declares that from January 15, a 30-day emergency period will be imposed in various provinces, including the capital city of Lima. The decree explicitly [...]

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Iranian authorities Saturday executed dual British-Iranian national and former public official Alireza Akbari on charges of “corruption in the land and extensive action against the internal and external security of the country through espionage” for the UK. The execution was reported by the state-run judicial news outlet Mizan Online. The report laid out various unsubstantiated [...]

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Brazilian federal police Saturday said in a statement that former Secretary of Public Security for the Federal District of Brasilia Anderson Torres has been arrested at Brasilia airport. The police said they were acting on an arrest warrant issued by the federal supreme court. Minister Alexandre de Moraes of the federal supreme court opened an [...]

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The Supreme Court of India Friday ruled that all interfaith marriages conducted according to Hindu rites under the Hindu Marriage Act 1955 are void. The court heard a criminal appeal petition filed by an Indian-American Christian named Ajay P. Mathew. Mathew was accused of polygamy by his alleged partner, Satya Sri, who lives in India. [...]

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The governors of Wisconsin and North Carolina Thursday signed executive orders banning the use of the Chinese video-sharing application TikTok owned by Bytedance Inc. on government devices due to cybersecurity issues. The states join the federal government, other states and the US Army in their decision. The order from the Wisconsin governor’s office cited “cybersecurity [...]

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The European Court of Justice Thursday held travelers whose travel package had been adversely affected by quarantine measures associated with COVID-19 may be entitled to a reduction in the package price. The case concerned two German travelers who had booked a two-week package holiday in the Canary Islands in May 2020, just before COVID-19 restrictions [...]

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Five Connecticut police officers charged with being responsible for an arrestee’s paralysis Wednesday pleaded not guilty in a Connecticut state court. The incident left a 36-year-old African American man, Richard “Randy” Cox, paralyzed from the neck down. Officer Luis Rivera, Officer Jocelyn Lavandier, Officer Ronald Pressley, Sergeant Betsy Segui, and Officer Oscar Diaz were indicted [...]

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