Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak pleaded not guilty to three counts of money laundering on Wednesday. On Tuesday the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Committee indicated that Razak would be charged under the country’s Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 on Wednesday. The charges arise from a scandal involving the the 1 Malaysian Development Berhad (1MDB) , [...]

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Iraqi judges routinely disregard allegations of torture by security forces against terrorism suspects and accept convictions credibly claimed to be the result of such tactics, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said  Tuesday. “Torture is rampant in Iraq’s justice system, yet judges lack instructions for responding to torture allegations,” said HRW deputy Middle East director Lama Fakih. The [...]

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A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday blocking a Texas man from releasing downloadable blueprints for plastic 3D-printed firearms. Judge Robert Lasnik of the US District Court for the Western District of Washington issued the ruling a day after the Washington Attorney General, along with several other states, filed a lawsuit challenging the [...]

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The International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh (ICTB) sentenced  four people to death on Tuesday for crimes against humanity during the country’s 1971 war of independence  from Pakistan. The convicts, all over the age of 65 at the time the judgment was passed, were charged with committing genocide, murder, abduction and torture from May 7 through [...]

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Vote Leave , an advocacy group spearheading the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, was fined £61,000 and referred to authorities by the country’s Electoral Commission on Tuesday for breaking electoral laws during the 2016 referendum. In an official statement , the Commission stated that it had obtained evidence that Vote Leave exceeded its legal spending limit of  £7 [...]

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The General Court of the EU held Tuesday that the privately owned website “france.com” cannot be registered as a private trademark. The court found that the “conceptual similarity” with a French trademark of the same name prohibited the domain name from being considered a valid trademark. The decision comes after the private domain owner appealed [...]

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US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order effectively ending his controversial family separation policy resulting from the administration’s “zero tolerance” approach to illegal immigration. The order does not halt the prosecution of those caught crossing the border illegally, but it will allow families to remain together while being held in detention centers [...]

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other immigration advocacy groups filed suit against the US Department of Commerce and the Bureau of the Census Wednesday, challenging the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. The complaint alleges that the inclusion of the question amounts to a “door-to-door government inquiry” into the citizenship [...]

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