The US House of Representatives passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, along with select other forms of demonstrable hate against people based on their race, religion and nation allegiance, by a vote of 407-32. The resolution came in the wake of political backlash against comments made by freshmen Representative Ilhan Omar. What began as an [...]

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The executive body of the Republic of China (Taiwan) submitted a bill to the legislature Thursday to legally recognize same-sex marriage. In astatement, Premier Su Tseng-chang acknowledged the national referendum last year, where the majority of the island nation’s populace voted against recognizing same-sex marriage. Su also maintained the Executive’s Yuan’s position that the decision of the Constitutional Court [...]

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The Higher Administrative Court of the Rhineland-Palatinate ruled Wednesday that a church in Herxheim am Berg may continue to use a steeple bell dating back to the German Nationalist Socialist era. The bell featured a Nazi-era “swastika” along with the words, “Everything for the Fatherland – Adolf Hitler.” The bell hangs out of sight from most [...]

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Thursday approved new rules that addresses nuclear power plant safety. The proposed regulations will apply to both power reactor applicants as well as currently operating licensee plants. Nuclear power plants are required to comply with the new rule within two years and 30 days following its adoption in the Federal [...]

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The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) proposed a bill on Wednesday aimed at incorporating the People’s Republic of China’s National Anthem Law  into Hong Kong’s regional law by means of local legislation rather than “promulgation.” The bill, as well as the original order is meant to “preserve the dignity” of the anthem of the People’s Republic [...]

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On Thursday , the United States District Court for the Central District of California denied an ex parte application for stay of proceedings. The application was filed by the defendants, chiefly the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on December 26, 2018. This is the latest development regarding a lawsuit filed by various immigrant child [...]

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The UK Supreme Court ruled Thursday against pharmaceutical company Pfizer in a patent case over its drug Lyrica. The case involved secondary usage of a known and patented pharmaceutical compound—applying an already patented pharmaceutical compound to a new use. The case was a matter of patent infringement over a chemical known by the technical name of: [...]

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The General Court of the European Union ruled Thursday that testing vacuum cleaners using empty dust bag receptacles does not serve the purpose of one of its energy efficiency regulations. The regulation in question is known as Directive 2010/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council. The directive was finalized in May 2010. As of September 1, [...]

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The UN Security Council adopted a resolution Tuesday condemning attacks by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Resolution 2439 documents particular concern for the plight of Ebola-stricken areas in the African nation. Citing concerns for government and independent armed groups in the region, the resolution calls for a cessation of violence in the region [...]

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