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The US House of Representatives approved a bill on Thursday that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protection from discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. The bill, called the Equality Act, “prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal [...]

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Four conservative lobbyists filed suit in federal court on Wednesday seeking to block Nevada Governor Stephen Sisolak’s COVID-19 emergency orders. The lawsuit calls the shelter-in-place order a “draconian” restriction on Nevadans’ rights, alleging violations of plaintiffs’ due process rights under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments and plaintiffs’ right to petition under the First Amendment to [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit was right to require Alabama to allow Willie B. Smith, III to be accompanied by his pastor into the execution room to ease the “transition between the worlds of the living and the dead.” In order to prevent Smith’s [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) unsealed an affidavit on Thursday charging five individuals associated with the Proud Boys with conspiracy in connection to the insurrection in Washington, DC, on January 6. The affidavit establishes evidence that the five individuals conspired “to corruptly obstruct, influence, or impede an official proceeding before Congress, that is, the certification [...]

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During an event Tuesday, President of the United Republic of Tanzania John Magufuli appealed to the country’s judiciary to make court judgments more accessible to the people of Tanzania by publishing them in Kiswahili (also known as Swahili) rather than English. Magufuli argued that writing court judgments in English rather than Kiswahili “deprives citizens of [...]

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The Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt (OLG) sentenced Stephan Ernst, a right-wing extremist, to life imprisonment Thursday for the murder of German politician Walter Lübcke. Ernst targeted Lübcke after listening to his speech in October 2015 at a citizens’ meeting, during which Lübcke advocated for the accommodation of immigrants seeking protection and stated: “It is [...]

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Spain’s public prosecutor announced Thursday that she is investigating more than 200 cases of criminal mishandling of coronavirus in nursing homes. Attorney General Dolores Delgado began an investigation in March to gather information on “the existence of elderly people, some of them sick, living in extreme situations and poor sanitation conditions, as well as deceased residents,” which [...]

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The Federal Council of Switzerland released a statement on Tuesday urging voters to reject the “Yes to a ban on full facial coverings” initiative. The electorate will vote on the initiative during the March 7 election. The Swiss government instead proposes a policy that would require persons wearing full facial coverings to remove them and identify themselves [...]

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The Mexican Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) announced Thursday that it would not pursue charges against former Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos was arrested in the US in October on money laundering and drug-related charges that suggested a connection to the H-2 drug cartel. The US dropped the charges against Cienfuegos in November and released [...]

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Correctional Service Canada (CSC) has announced that it will begin vaccinating federal prisoners against the COVID-19 virus. The CSC expects to begin vaccinating older and medically compromised federal inmates on Friday, January 8, under the recommendation of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). In compliance with NACI recommendations, the CSC will administer the vaccine [...]

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