Alejandro Andrade, former national treasurer for the government of Venezuela, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday by Judge Robin Rosenberg of the US District Court Southern District of Florida for his role in a $1 billion bribery and money-laundering scheme. Andrade started his political career as a bodyguard to the former president of Venezuela, [...]

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday called for a 60-day period of martial law, which would curtail public demonstrations, suspend elections and potentially implement required military service. The decree comes amid escalating tensions with Russia. This past weekend the Ukrainian Navy reported that sailors from three of its ships had been arrested by Russian forces [...]

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The state of West Virginia voted Tuesday to approve a judicial budget oversight amendment.  The amendment allows the West Virginia legislature to reduce the judicial budget by no more than 15 percent. Providing that the total general revenue appropriations to the judiciary may be reduced in the budget bill, and setting fort the required procedures [...]

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar called Tuesday for a delay in the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar. The governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh had originally agreed that the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh would be repatriated to Rakhine State in Myanmar later this month. The Special Rapporteur, Yanghee Lee, said [...]

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US Chief Justice Roberts denied an application Friday to stay a climate change lawsuit against the government. This reverses a temporary hold of the case, Juliana v. US, ordered by Roberts last month. The government sought to stay the lawsuit until review of a petition for a writ of mandamus ordering the lawsuit dismissed. The government [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights ruled Friday that an Austrian court’s conviction for disparaging religious doctrines did not violate the defendant’s freedom of expression. The case centered around two seminars hosted by Ms S in 2009. During the talks, titled “Basic Information on Islam,” Ms S referred to the Prophet Muhammad as a pedophile. Subsequently, [...]

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