The Sapporo District Court found Wednesday that the government’s failure to recognize same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it violates the right to equality. As a member of the Group of Seven, an intergovernmental organization including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the UK and the US, Japan was the only country that did not recognize same-sex marriage. [...]

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Foreign adversaries, such as Russia and Iran, attempted to interfere in the 2020 US election, according to a declassified report released Tuesday by the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Executive Order 13848(1)(a) required the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) to address key foreign actors’ intentions and efforts to influence or interfere with the [...]

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The Pakistani Taliban on Friday accused International Women’s Day organizers of blasphemy and obscenity, threatening them with vigilante action in response to the proliferation of doctored images and video clips suggesting that participants in the demonstrations had insulted Islam. International Women’s Day is annually celebrated on March 8. In Pakistan, women’s right advocates organized demonstrations [...]

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Bolivia’s former acting president Jeanine Anez was arrested Saturday on terrorism and sedition charges. Government minister Carlos Eduardo del Castillo tweeted that Anez had been apprehended and was in police custody. Anez served as the interim president after Evo Morales fled the country in 2019 during widespread protests against his re-election. Anez allegedly used the judiciary [...]

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Colombia’s Ombudsman Office reported Monday that more than 11,000 individuals have been displaced by fighting between Colombian armed groups so far in 2021. The fighting has been due to crime gangs, such as National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas and former members of the FARC rebels, fighting each other and armed forces for control of Uraba [...]

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Judge Rudolph Contreras of the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday dismissed a lawsuit from Nevada, Illinois and Virginia that sought government recognition of Virginia’s vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Contreras ruled that the deadline to pass the amendment had passed. The ERA was first proposed in 1972 [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Friday that Missouri’s requirements for parents to opt out of their children being vaccinated to attend school do not violate their rights to religious freedom. In Missouri, children must be properly vaccinated and submit their vaccination records before they can attend school. However, there are [...]

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Allegheny County Judge Anthony Mariani, alleging that Mariani violated the public’s First Amendment rights by blocking virtual access to courtroom proceedings. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on behalf of the Abolitionist Law Center (ALC). [...]

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Charlotte Newman, a Black manager at Amazon.com, filed a lawsuit Monday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia accusing Amazon of racial discrimination. Her complaint alleges that Amazon hires Black people for lower positions, despite their qualifications, and that the company promotes Black people at lower rates than white workers. Newman claims [...]

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