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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Research and advocacy group Freedom House found in a report published Monday that global internet freedom has declined for the ninth consecutive year. Freedom House found that political leaders employed individuals to shape online opinions in 38 out of the 65 countries covered in the report. Cross-border influence, in which authorities in a growing number [...]

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The US government notified the UN on Monday of its intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. In remarks made in June 2017, President Donald Trump announced the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement due to the “unfair economic burden” imposed upon American workers and businesses. In the press statement released on Monday, Secretary [...]

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Human Rights Watch said on Thursday that United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)-backed Afghan forces committed summary executions and grave offenses without accountability. Afghan paramilitary forces belong to the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS), but they have been recruited, trained, equipped and overseen by the CIA. The US provides logistical support, as well as [...]

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The United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called on India to restore rights to India-administered Kashmir on Wednesday. On August 5, India’s government introduced a bill that revoked the special constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir. The government decided to divide the state into two federally-administered territories, which will [...]

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A judge for the US District Court of the Northern District of California found on Thursday that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education had violated a court order to stop collection on loans owed by students who had attended now-defunct, for-profit schools operated and owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc. The court ordered [...]

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The US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced further restrictions on Cuba’s access to commercial aircraft on Friday.  The Cuban regime used leased commercial aircraft, subject to BIS jurisdiction, to transport tourists and generate revenue for the Cuban regime. BIS is now revoking existing licenses and will deny further applications for leases [...]

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