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US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper issued guidance on public displays of flags on Friday, effectively banning Confederate flags in military displays. Esper enumerated flags permitted to fly, including flags of allies, flags of international organizations of which the US is a member and Senate-confirmed civilian flags. Esper left Confederate flags off the list, however. [...]

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In an escalation of tension over the COVID-19 response on Thursday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is suing Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over a mask mandate. Kemp claims that his July 15 executive order made it clear that masks are strongly encouraged but not mandated. Kemp’s order prohibits local governments from instituting mandates more restrictive [...]

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The UK has announced a ban on Huawei 5G equipment, citing security concerns due to Huawei’s close connection with the Chinese government. The ban disallows the purchase of new Huawei equipment after December 31, 2020, and seeks to completely remove the equipment from UK networks by 2027. Oliver Dowden, UK Secretary of State for Digital, [...]

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Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday against US Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, challenging a new US Department of Education (DE) rule impeding defrauded students from seeking financial relief. The challenged rule revised a 2016 Obama administration rule that offered a path for defrauded students to cancel their [...]

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US District Judge Allison D. Burroughs announced Tuesday that the Department of Homeland Security has agreed to rescind its controversial new rule that would have prohibited international students taking university courses entirely online during the COVID-19 pandemic from staying in the US. The parties in Harvard v. US Department of Homeland Security informed the court that [...]

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In a judgment released Tuesday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) sided with Qatar in its dispute over an air blockade imposed against it by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. The ICJ held that the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has jurisdiction to entertain the application submitted to [...]

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China Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying announced Monday that China will impose sanctions against four US officials in retaliation for previous US sanctions against Chinese officials prompted by alleged human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in China. The sanctions target Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), as well as Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) [...]

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A federal judge in Indiana Friday temporarily stayed the execution of Daniel Lewis Lee due to COVID-19 concerns expressed by members of the victims’ families who planned to attend the execution. Lee was scheduled to be the first of five federal prisoners set to be executed after US Attorney General Bill Barr ordered a return [...]

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Several health care providers and LGBTQ advocacy organizations have filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), challenging the new HHS rule eliminating protections for the LGBTQ community in health care. The suit was filed on Thursday in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts and is seeking [...]

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