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The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the third-degree murder conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor who fatally shot Justine Ruszczyk in 2017. On April 20, 2019, Mohamed Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Ruszczyk, a dual US-Austrialian citizen who had called 911 out of concern [...]

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The ACLU of Iowa and 11 parents of minor children across the state with disabilities filed a federal lawsuit on Friday challenging an Iowa law that bans school districts from imposing mask mandates in schools. In the last few days of the 2021 legislative session, the Iowa Legislature passed House File 847. House File 847 prevents [...]

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The Australian Senate on Wednesday passed the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill of 2021, which is designed to protect all Australians from workplace sexual harassment. The bill expands the scope of existing sexual harassment prohibitions in Australia, promotes clarity for employers and workers, and reduces procedural barriers for sexual harassment complaints. In [...]

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday issued an executive order maintaining the current policy prohibiting the mandating of any COVID-19 vaccinations by any government entity in the state. In the order, Abbott said, “vaccine requirements and exemptions have historically been determined by the legislature, and their involvement is particularly important to avoid a patchwork of [...]

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US Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, Kristen Clarke, on Monday submitted a 20-page statement urging the House Judiciary Committee to implement, enforce, revitalize, and restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (“the Act”). The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson to confront the fact that nearly a century after [...]

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The European Council (“the Council”) on Monday imposed sanctions on eight Nicaraguan individuals, including Vice President Rosario Murillo, for serious human rights violations and actions that “undermined democracy or the rule of law.” Murillo also happens to be Nicaragua’s First Lady. Noting that its previous calls to the Nicaraguan government to abide by its own Constitution [...]

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The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Monday that all medical facility employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, becoming the first federal agency to issue a mandate. VA Secretary Denis McDonough stated, “We’re mandating vaccines for Title 38 employees because it’s the best way to keep Veterans safe, especially as the [...]

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The US Department of Defense announced Monday the transfer of the Biden administration’s first detainee out of the US military prison in Guantánamo Bay. Abdul Latif Nasir was repatriated to his native country of Morocco after being recommended for discharge from the prison in 2016 but nevertheless remained at Guantánamo Bay during the Trump presidency. [...]

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A federal judge has ruled that San Francisco police officer Chris Samayoa will face a trial by jury for a civil case brought against him for shooting and killing a man fleeing from a stolen minivan in 2017. On December 1, 2017, Samayoa, at the time a rookie San Francisco police officer, was riding in [...]

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The Nepal Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the dissolved House of Representatives for the second time in five months and ordered the appointment of Sher Bahadur Deuba as Prime Minister. Nepal plunged into political crisis on December 20 after President Bidya Bhandari dissolved Nepal’s 275-member lower house and announced new election dates of April 30 [...]

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