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The Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court in China sentenced real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang Tuesday to 18 years imprisonment for corruption charges. This sentence followed a secretive trial, during which Ren was found guilty of corruption, bribery and embezzlement of public funds. Ren allegedly accepted bribes of 1.25 million yuan, and he also allegedly [...]

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The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that cities can restrict short-term housing rentals. Under the Housing Code, change of use of residential premises in municipalities with more than 200,000 inhabitants requires authorization. The practice of renting out one’s apartment repeatedly constitutes a change of use. This is particularly an issue with Airbnb landlords, who [...]

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Amnesty International reported Monday that authorities in Venezuela, El Salvador and Paraguay have held tens of thousands of people in inadequate state-run quarantine centers. The report deemed the facilities to be a “form of repression.” Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March, detention centers in Venezuela, El Salvador and Paraguay have held thousands of people [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the US Department of the Treasury announced Wednesday that they had imposed criminal charges and financial sanctions on two Russian nationals for their involvement in a phishing campaign. The two men were accused of stealing almost $17 million worth of cryptocurrency in a series of phishing attacks in [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday upheld the Trump administration’s ability to proceed with implementing three executive orders issued by President Donald Trump on the federal government’s labor and employee relations program. Trump signed Executive Orders 13836, 13837, and 13839 in 2018, which related to federal labor-management relations. They dealt [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced Monday that German automobile manufacturer Daimler agreed to pay $1.5 billion to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and California law associated with emissions cheating. To sell a new model year vehicle in the [...]

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Four rights groups filed a complaint Monday against US migrant detention center Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC), alleging “medical neglect” and a lack of COVID-19 safety measures. Project South, Georgia Detention Watch, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights and South Georgia Immigrant Support Network filed the complaint based on allegations made by a nurse who [...]

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Canada has failed to bring individuals accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity to justice, according to a report released Tuesday by human rights organization Amnesty International Canada. The new report is part of a series that documents how judicial systems around the world fail to prosecute those accused of crimes under international law [...]

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US President Donald Trump has issued a memorandum that extends the current moratorium on offshore drilling on Florida’s Gulf and Atlantic coasts. This memo also extended the moratorium to the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina. Under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006, Florida’s gulf waters are protected from offshore drilling until 2022. [...]

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The UK Ministry of Justice announced temporary legislation on Sunday that will extend the time that defendants can be held in custody while awaiting trial. This temporary legislation is meant to decrease pressure on courts from a backlog of more than 43,000 cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, defendants can be held for 182 [...]

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