Federal judge Kristine Baker of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas issued Tuesday a temporary restraining order that halted four Arkansas anti-abortion regulations from taking effect. In 2017, the Arkansas legislature passed a set of abortion laws that included a ban on the common abortion method of dilation and extraction, as well as [...]

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Several large tech companies, including Microsoft, Google, and LinkedIn filed Monday an amicus brief in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Facebook’s lawsuit against Israeli surveillance company NSO. NSO creates cyber-surveillance tools, which it then sells to foreign governments and other customers. Those customers can use the tools to track individuals’ [...]

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The Nicaragua National Assembly Monday approved a law that will bar opposition politicians from participating in the November 2021 election. The “Law for the Defense of the Rights of the People to Independence, Sovereignty and Self-Determination for Peace” was sponsored by President Daniel Ortega and bars “those who ask for, celebrate and applaud the imposition [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Sunday rejected a lawsuit by the Republican Party that attempted to modify absentee ballot rules ahead of Georgia’s US Senate runoffs. The Georgia Republican Party, National Republican Senatorial Committee, Perdue for Senate, and Georgians for Kelly Loeffler brought suit in the US District Court for the [...]

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An Iranian court sentenced British-Iranian anthropologist Kameel Ahmady to nine years in jail on Sunday for “subversive” research work. Iran has arrested dozens of dual nationals in the past few years. Many rights activists and organizations, such as Human Rights Watch, have been critical of and reported on many of the arrests. Ahmady is an [...]

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The Hungarian National Assembly, the country’s parliament, passed a bill amending the Hungarian Fundamental Law on Tuesday, which stipulates that a mother is a woman and a father is a man. The bill, which is “intended to strengthen the protection of Hungarian families” and protect children, protects individuals’ rights to self-identify “according to their sex [...]

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The South Korean Parliament passed a bill Monday that prohibits the launching of propaganda leaflets across the border into North Korea. For decades, South Korean defectors and campaigners sent anti-North Korean leaflets, as well as food, medicine, money, and USB sticks containing South Korean news and dramas, across the border to North Korea. They used [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Monday on Nigerian officials to release children detained in connection with Islamist rebel group Boko Haram. In September 2019 HRW reported that the Nigerian military has arbitrarily detaining thousands of children for their alleged involvement with Boko Haram. HRW reported that more than 3,600 children were detained by Nigerian armed [...]

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The states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin filed separate briefs on Thursday urging the US Supreme Court to reject Texas’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a complaint with the Supreme Court Tuesday against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, seeking to overturn their 2020 presidential election results. On Wednesday [...]

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The US Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control announced sanctions Wednesday on former Kyrgyz Customs Service deputy Raimbek Matraimov for his role in a $700 million money-laundering scheme. The Treasury also announced sanctions on two other individuals and three companies. According to the department, Matraimov was involved in a company’s evasion of custom fees [...]

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