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Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to normalize relations between their respective countries on Thursday, following the lead of other Arab states like Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Jordan and Egypt. The US contributed to the deal between Israel and Morocco by recognizing Morocco’s sovereignty over West Sahara. Netanyahu [...]

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Amnesty International called on Airbnb Thursday to remove its approximately 200 rental properties located within the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) before the company’s Initial Public Offering (IPO). Amnesty claims that these properties are in illegal Israeli settlements and “are at the heart of systematic human rights violations faced by Palestinians. In preparation for the IPO, [...]

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The US House of Representatives voted 228-164 to approve the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act) on Friday, which would decriminalize and deschedule cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances. The legislation would provide for the expungement of some federal cannabis offenses and create incentives for minority-owned businesses to take part in [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday called on sport governing bodies like World Athletics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency to stop “sex testing” women runners and athletes. Sex testing is the practice of using unnecessary medical procedures and testing as conditions to compete in certain events. According to the report, [...]

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A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Friday denied a request by President Donald Trump’s campaign for leave to amend its lawsuit seeking to exclude thousands of Pennsylvania mail-in ballots, The suit was dismissed in federal court last week. The opinion, written by Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee, [...]

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The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky granted a Temporary Restraining Order (treated as a preliminary injunction) on Wednesday, preventing Governor of Kentucky Andy Beshear from enforcing his recent executive order against religious private schools in the state. Governor Beshear issued Executive Order 2020-969 on November 18, 2020, which required all private [...]

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The Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court of Poland Wednesday deprived a Warsaw District Court judge known to be critical of controversial judicial reforms implemented by the ruling rightwing Law and Justice Party (PiS) of his institutional immunity from prosecution. Judge Igor Tuleya was formerly charged with failing to comply with his judicial duties after [...]

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Michigan Judge Timothy M. Kenny denied an attempt Friday to enjoin the Wayne County Board of Canvassers from certifying its US presidential election results and refused to order an independent audit of those results. Two individuals sued the City of Detroit and its election commission for alleged widespread voter fraud at the TCF Center after President-elect [...]

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A US federal judge on Friday partially denied defendant Houston County Georgia’s motions to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a provision in the county healthcare plan that excluded coverage for gender confirmation surgeries. The County healthcare plan specifically excluded insurance coverage for “ervices and supplies for a sex change and/or the reversal of a sex change [...]

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The Parliament of Sri Lanka Thursday passed the Twentieth Amendment to the country’s constitution, repealing a past administration’s limitations on presidential powers and expansion of parliamentary powers. The amendment has raised concerns that authoritarian President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s power has become unbounded. The amendment was passed in the Sri Lankan House by a vote of 156-65. [...]

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