US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra announced on Monday that healthcare providers are prohibited from discriminating against gay and transgender individuals, reversing a controversial Donald Trump-era policy. HHS’s decision allows the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to extend the interpretation of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and Title [...]

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A police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, in a Minneapolis suburb during a routine traffic stop Sunday. The shooting has triggered violent protests in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, with police firing tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters. According to Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, the deadly shooting took place during [...]

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu challenged on Thursday the authority of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories. The challenge resulted from the adoption of recommendations by the inter-ministerial team, led by the National Security Council, suggesting not to cooperate with the inquiry, but instead respond to the ICC [...]

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Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, Jordan’s former crown prince, was accused on Sunday of having links with foreign parties over “malicious plot” to undermine the country’s security and destabilize it. Jordan’s ruling family traces its lineage back to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. After the death of King Al Hussein bin Talal in 1999, Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein was [...]

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The US Fourth Circuit held on Thursday that France is immune from US trademark infringement claims brought by the former owner of “France.com.” Circuit Judge Diana Gribbon Motz, joined by Judges Henry Floyd and Allison Jones Rushing, said the French government did not engage in commercial activity that would negate its sovereign immunity when it [...]

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China on Monday blacklisted 10 EU individuals and four entities in retaliation to Brussels’ package of sanctions against Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses in the western region of Xinjiang. The Chinese government sanctioned Reinhard Bütikofer, chair of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with China, and Michael Gahler, chair of the European Parliament-Taiwan [...]

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Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Court on Sunday tried British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on a new charge of making “propaganda against the system” one week after she completed a five-year jail sentence. Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested in April 2016 on charges of spying and later convicted of plotting to overthrow [...]

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The Libyan parliament validated Wednesday an interim government mandated to reunite the fractured country after a decade of war and administer the December elections under an UN-backed peace plan. Abdulhamid Dbeibah, a billionaire businessman, was selected as an interim prime minister at a forum held by the United Nations in Geneva last month. Dbeibah submitted his [...]

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