Sudan’s new government officially criminalized female genital mutilation (FGM) on Wednesday. The change is the result of an amendment to Sudan’s Criminal Law Article 141. The act is defined as removing or mutilating “the female genitalia by cutting, mutilating or modifying any natural part of it leading to the full or partial loss of its [...]

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US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito ordered the Pennsylvania government to respond to arguments that Governor Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order is unconstitutional. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court gave Pennsylvania until May 4 to respond to a petition that accuses the commonwealth of violating the constitutional rights of its citizens. The petition was brought by Friends [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Wednesday allowed Arkansas to ban most surgical abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 3—in response to COVID-19—the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) began to require that all non-medically necessary surgeries be postponed. On April 9 inspectors from the ADH discovered that Little Rock Family [...]

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India’s new citizenship law and policies are causing discrimination against Muslims, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report Thursday. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) allows a fast-track to citizenship in India for undocumented immigrants who entered India before December 31, 2014. The CAA grants citizenship on the basis of religion, and allows persons “belonging [...]

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Alabama inmate Nathaniel Woods was executed Thursday evening after the US Supreme Court denied a stay of execution. Woods was sentenced to death under the theory of accomplice liability for the deaths of three Birmingham police officers: Carlos Owen, Harley Chisholm III, and Charles Bennet. However, there was controversy in regards to the constitutionality of [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday in Kansas v. Garcia that federal immigration law does not preempt a state prosecution for identity theft. Ramiro Garcia, Donaldo Morales and Guadalupe Ochoa-Lara were all found to have used someone else’s social security number to qualify employment and/or housing. The state of Kansas utilized the I-9 form [...]

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The Senate trial of President Donald Trump came to a close Wednesday with an acquittal on both articles of impeachment. The Senate fell short of the necessary two-thirds vote required to convict and remove Trump from office, with the final vote being 48-52 on abuse of power and 47-53 on obstruction. The change in votes [...]

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Russian lawmakers gave preliminary approval Thursday to a slew of constitutional changes that would affect the power of the parliament and the term of the president. The approved changes come one week after President Vladimir Putin delivered his State of the Nation speech. In his speech, he expressed the importance of democracy and power of [...]

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