The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar presented a report to the UN General Assembly Wednesday criticizing Myanmar’s languishing path to a democratic transition. Special Rapporteur Lee Yanghee’s report criticized the government’s record and ongoing efforts to restrict freedom of the press, freedom of speech, the right to assemble and religious [...]

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A group of environmental advocacy organizations filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday over concerns that the border wall will result in detrimental environmental impacts to the areas surrounding the wall construction sites. The Secretary of Homeland Security’s office issued waivers, dubbed the “Lower Rio Grande Valley Border Wall Waivers”, that would [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday that it has indicted seven officers of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) with hacking. The charges stem from a coordinated effort by the DOJ, the FBI and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The seven defendants were charged with computer hacking, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. The actors [...]

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West Virginia’s state Senate voted Tuesday to allow Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Beth Walker to remain on the bench following impeachment proceedings. The state Senate’s 2018 Second Extraordinary Session, which first convened in June, followed the state legislature’s move to impeach  the entire state Supreme Court bench. Allegations were made against Walker that she was [...]

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A judge for the US District Court of the Northern District of California  ruled  Tuesday that homeless groups may pursue a class action lawsuit against the city of Berkeley, California. Plaintiffs, who identify themselves as members of the homeless activist group “First They Came for the Homeless” (FTCftH), filed suit against the city of Berkeley [...]

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The Malaysian Anticorruption Commission (MAC) brought additional charges against former prime minster Najib Razak on Thursday. The former prime minster was arrested  and brought before the Kuala Lumpur Session Court to hear more than 20 corruption charges against him. The additional charges against Razak were made pursuant to the Anti-Money Laundering Act, Prevention of Terrorism Financing and Revenue [...]

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The High Court of Islamabad on Wednesday ordered  the release of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, suspending his prison sentence. Bail was set at 500,000 rupees. The suspension is to remain in place until a final adjudication is made regarding an appeal  filed by Sharif in July. This is the latest development regarding multiple corruption [...]

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The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region announced  Tuesday that it will grant visas to eligible individuals filing as dependent spouses/partners who seek to immigrate to the city. According to the Immigration Department, the new policy applies to individuals who entered same-sex civil partnerships, same-sex civil unions and same-sex marriages as well as opposite-sex [...]

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US President Donald Trump issued an executive order  Wednesday directing federal agencies to investigate instances of interference with US elections and to take measures against those involved. The executive order instructs the Director of National Intelligence, the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security to spearhead and coordinate an assessment of foreign nationals and [...]

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