The US Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a settlement Wednesday in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fraud case in which Malaysian government officials allegedly siphoned money from the development bank for personal gain. The DOJ’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative department finalized a settlement agreement that recovered $700 million from Low Taek Jho, who was the [...]

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The NCAA Board of Governors voted Tuesday to implement a process of modernizing a student-athlete’s ability to benefit from his or her name, image, and likeness. The vote comes after California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act, which would allow student-athletes in California to make money from endorsements. The NCAA’s press [...]

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Hong Kong Secretary of Security John Lee announced Wednesday the formal withdrawal of the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019 in front of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. The bill would have expanded Hong Kong’s extradition laws [...]

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The US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Thursday about his role in the ongoing controversy surrounding President Donald Trump’s July phone-call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In his opening remarks, Sondland highlighted the significance [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called Tuesday for changes to Australian migration and asylum laws. In a speech at the Australian Human Rights Commission conference, Bachelet called for a national conversation to develop a platform to be presented at Australia’s Universal Periodic Review in front of the UN Human Rights Council. The [...]

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The High Court in Belfast held Thursday that Northern Ireland’s abortion laws violate European Convention on Human Rights Article 8, which protects the right to respect for private and family life. The High Court’s decision follows a UK Supreme Court (UKSC) ruling from 2018, which found Northern Ireland’s abortion laws to be too strict. Mrs [...]

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Match.com, an online dating company, alleging that the company’s advertising and automatic payment policies violated the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act) and the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA). The complaint alleges that Match.com deceived potential customers by sending advertisements that said a user [...]

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The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) Tuesday, urging action to protect human rights. The report focuses on the impact of global climate change on individuals who live in mountainous, coastal and Arctic regions. Roughly 1.42 billion people live in communities [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held Tuesday that the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) violated the First Amendment rights of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Freethought Society (Freethought), an atheist group, by not allowing the group to advertise on COLTS’ buses. In 2012 and 2013, Freethought attempted to place an advertisement that [...]

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