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A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California on Tuesday denied a motion by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the American Lighting Association (ALA) for a temporary restraining order against the California Energy Commission (CEC) to block updated light bulb efficiency standards. NEMA and ALA filed a complaint [...]

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Pastor Wang Yi of an unregistered house church in Chengdu, China was convicted of subversion on Monday and sentenced to nine years in prison. This sentence followed a secret trial at the Chengdu Intermediate Court on December 26. In December 2018, around 100 students and seminary leaders from Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu were [...]

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The Court of Appeal of Quebec refused on Thursday to suspend Bill 21, which bans many public service employees from wearing religious symbols, such as hijabs and crucifixes. Bill 21 was passed on June 16 in an effort to further the separation of state and religion and to further religious neutrality. However, since its passage, [...]

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Community Court of Justice ordered Sierra Leone on Thursday to immediately revoke a 2015 ban that prevented pregnant girls from attending mainstream schools. While banned from attending mainstream schools, pregnant girls were offered the opportunity to attend a separate school that operated only three days of the [...]

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The US Department of Commerce proposed a new rule on Tuesday that will allow the Secretary of Commerce to decide on a case-by-case basis what information and communications technology and services transactions will be prohibited under Executive Order 13873. President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13873 in May after finding that foreign adversaries were exploiting [...]

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on behalf of five journalists who were allegedly tracked, detained and interrogated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Beginning in spring of 2018, migrant caravans had begun attracting significant attention in the [...]

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The Pennsylvania legislation advanced two abortion bills Monday that would require burial or cremation of fetal remains and prohibit abortion following a Down syndrome diagnosis. The Pennsylvania House approved House Bill 1890, known as the Final Disposition of Fetal Remains Act. Under this legislation, health care facilities would be required to provide burial or cremation [...]

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Germany lawmakers approved the Measles Protection Act on Thursday, making measles vaccinations compulsory for children. In 2018 there were 12,352 reported cases of measles throughout Europe. There were 544 reported cases of measles in Germany. In 2019 there have been 501 cases reported in Germany by mid-October. Even though 97.1 percent of first-graders have received [...]

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US President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to bar a Manhattan grand jury subpoena for his tax returns and financial records. This follows the denial by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Wednesday of the president’s petition for a rehearing en banc on the subpoena. In [...]

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