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The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report Friday on thousands of incidents of human rights abuses it says have occurred during the ongoing conflict in Sudan, including attacks by militias in densely populated civilian areas, mass graves and widespread sexual violence. The conflict between the Sudan Armed [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Friday temporarily reinstated Idaho’s abortion ban, which includes emergency abortions, and agreed to hear arguments on the matter. Section 18-622 of the Idaho Statutes criminalizes performing or attempting to perform an abortion, unless not doing so would result in the mother’s death. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth [...]

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The Supreme Court of British Columbia blocked a bill Friday that would ban the consumption of illegal substances of illegal substances in public. This year, the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia passed Bill 34, or the Restricting Public Consumption of Illegal Substances Act. According to its explanatory note, the bill requires a local government to [...]

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At a press conference Tuesday, the Vice Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced that planned protests against the electoral commission (CENI) would not be permitted. The protest, which was planned to take place in Kinshasa, was called by five oppositional candidates to incumbent Felix Tshisekedi. Early results from the December 20 [...]

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A former Colombian soldier pleaded guilty on Friday to two charges related to the 2021 assassination of Haitian president Jovenel Moise. Mario Antonio Palacios Palacios was among a group of gunmen who attacked the president’s home in the early hours of July 7, 2021. Moise died in the attack, and the president’s wife, Martine, was [...]

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Two prominent voting rights advocacy groups sued Republican state leadership in North Carolina on Tuesday over the state’s redistricting plans. The groups argue that the plans will disenfranchise Black voters and make Democratic majorities impossible in the state. Under the new map, which split several Democratic districts and attached the pieces to red-leaning rural areas, [...]

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A US federal jury Friday ordered former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani to pay $148M in damages to Ruby Freeman and Wandrea Mossin after accusing the two women of tampering with Georgia’s 2020 presidential election results. Giuliani must pay $16M to each plaintiff for defamation, $20M to each plaintiff for emotional distress and $75M in punitive [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that Poland’s failure to recognize same-sex couples violates its obligations to human rights. Przybyszewska and Others v. Poland involved several same-sex couples who had all attempted to obtain formal recognition of their relationships from the civil registry office and were denied by Polish authorities. The court [...]

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The House Committee on Education and the Workforce opened a formal investigation on Thursday into three of the US’s top universities’ and their responses to increasing antisemitism on campuses. The presidents of the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology previously appeared before a congressional committee for a hearing on December [...]

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The US House of Representatives voted to oust Republican Congressman George Santos (R-NY) on Friday over pending criminal charges. The vote to expel Santos, which met the 2/3 majority required by the US Constitution, was only the sixth such vote in the chamber’s history. In the end, 206 Democrats and 105 Republicans voted to expel [...]

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