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US President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law Thursday establishing June 19 as a US federal holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the country. The Senate unanimously passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act Tuesday without amendment. The Act then passed overwhelmingly in the House Wednesday with a [...]

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The US Senate unanimously passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act Tuesday to commemorate the end of slavery in the US by establishing Juneteenth as a legal public holiday. Juneteenth was celebrated as “Emancipation Day” in some southern states after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to declare “all persons held as slaves” in [...]

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Swiss citizens voted against three environmental laws Sunday, rejecting proposed initiatives that sought to improve their long-term quality of life. The first initiative sought to ensure clean drinking water and healthy food by eliminating subsidies for the use of food pesticides and antibiotics. The second initiative proposed banning all synthetic food pesticides. Nearly 61 percent [...]

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El Salvador’s legislature on Wednesday approved President Nayib Bukele’s proposal to adopt Bitcoin as a national legal currency. The approved Bitcoin law protects cryptocurrency with unrestricted liberating power, and allows its unlimited use in any transaction. Bukele’s cryptocurrency plan aims to boost El Salvador’s economy by integrating the national and international economy through incentives and [...]

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El Salvador revoked its anti-corruption agreement with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) Friday, ending its membership after nearly three quarters of a century. El Salvador officials accused the OAS of showing political bias, and of lacking consistency and principles. The OAS aims to fight corruption through democracy, human rights, security, [...]

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The US Department of the Interior issued an order Tuesday temporarily suspending all Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program (the Program) related activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Secretarial Order 3401 aims to enforce Section 4(a) of Executive Order 13990, which required that the Department halt the Program activities and conduct a “comprehensive [...]

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A US federal judge ruled Monday that Georgia’s anti-BDS law, which prohibits state contractors from boycotting Israel, violates the First Amendment and the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Abby Martin won her suit against the University System of Georgia after Georgia Southern University (GSU) representatives revoked Martin’s invitation to speak at the 2020 [...]

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The Spanish National Court decided Thursday to investigate several charges against Polisario leader Brahim Ghali, including various crimes against humanity such as genocide, terrorism, and torture. However, Judge Santiago Pedraz denied requests to arrest Ghali. Brahim Ghali entered Spain last month with a false passport and fake identity. After Ghali sought medical care for COVID-19, [...]

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Former Greek Golden Dawn party and European Parliament member, Ioannis Lagos, was extradited Saturday from Brussels to Athens to serve a 13-year prison sentence. Lagos was accused of committing several hate crimes during his time as a Golden Dawn member, a Greek party known for its neo-Nazi political views. In October, a Greek court convicted [...]

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