Iran officials announced on Wednesday that they will temporarily release 54,000 prisoners to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Prisoners must test negative for the virus and post bail before they will be released. However, prisoners sentenced to more than five years of imprisonment will not be released. Currently, there have been more than 90,000 [...]

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The European Commission proposed a new draft climate law on Wednesday that would commit the EU to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The European Climate Law aims “to ensure that all EU policies contribute to this goal and that all sectors of the economy and society play their part.” It would legally bind EU [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled Tuesday that Ohio election officials do not have to provide absentee ballots to inmates arrested after the deadline to request a ballot. Police arrested Mays and Nelson Sr. the weekend before Election Day 2018. They sued Ohio’s Secretary of State for access to absentee ballots [...]

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The Arizona House of Representatives approved a bill on Tuesday that would prohibit transgender women and girls from playing on female school sports teams. House Bill 2706 would require interscholastic or intramural sports teams sponsored by educational institutions to be expressly designated, based on biological sex, as male, female or mixed sex. Athletes who are [...]

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The Wisconsin District IV Appeals Court on Thursday reversed the Ozaukee County Circuit Court’s ruling that ordered more than 200,000 names struck from the rolls because the individuals may have moved. In 2015 the Wisconsin legislature directed the Wisconsin Elections Commission to enter into an agreement with the Electronic Registration Information Center, Inc. (ERIC), a [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) stated support Thursday for a Kentucky wedding photographer who filed suit over an ordinance that bans local businesses from discriminating against gay customers. This case involves the competing interests of an individual’s right to free speech and the government’s interest in combating discrimination in commercial transactions. Louisville-Jefferson County Metro [...]

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Tuesday announced a settlement agreement between state attorneys general, local subdivisions, and Mallinckrodt (MNK), its subsidiaries, and certain other affiliates. MNK, the largest generic opioid manufacturer in the US, agreed to pay $1.6 billion to a trust that will cover opioid addiction treatment costs. The manufacturer also agreed to additional [...]

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Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that individuals have a right to a self-determined death. This ruling overturns a previous ban on professionally-assisted suicide. Section 217 of the German Criminal Code previously provided punishments of up to three years of imprisonment or a fine to anyone who, with the intention to help another individual [...]

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Human rights organization Amnesty International sent an open letter to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Wednesday, requesting a meeting to discuss solutions to the country’s current human rights crisis. For more than 40 years, Amnesty has reported on human rights violations in Mexico. Since the inauguration of the current president, there have been [...]

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Florida lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would require minors to receive parental consent before they obtain abortions. This bill would prohibit physicians from performing abortions for a minor without the written consent from the minor’s parent or legal guardian. In the case of abortions that arise in emergencies, the physician is required to [...]

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