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A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern Tuesday over the ongoing situation in Hong Kong. The statement urges protesters to ‘express their views in a peaceful way…and to engage in an open dialogue with the authorities to seek to resolve the issues.’ The statement also calls [...]

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US Attorney General William Barr addressed addressed the death of Jeffery Epstein Monday, citing “serious irregularities” at the jail where he was being held. Epstein was in federal custody at the Manhattan Correctional Center in connection with an ongoing case investigating allegations of sex trafficking. In a speech at the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of [...]

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A bill reforming New Zealand’s Contraception, Sterilization and Abortion Act (Act) passed the first reading in Parliament on Thursday. This bill proposes several changes to the Act. According to local news sources, “the biggest changes it proposes would see a current requirement for two doctors to have to approve an abortion on physical or mental [...]

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A Special Report on Climate Change was released at the UN Inter-government panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Thursday. This report focuses on greenhouse gases, land use, sustainable land management, desertification, land degradation and food security. The IPCC report details how human activity is degrading the planet, with the “rise in global temperatures, linked to [...]

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In the largest single-state workplace enforcement action in US history, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) executed multiple federal criminal search warrants in Mississippi on Wednesday. The result was the arrest of 680 immigrant workers from seven agricultural processing plants that were raided. ICE’s newsroom released a statement, saying in part: All the unlawfully present foreign [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled on Tuesday that the 2017 defamation claim brought by former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin against the New York Times (NYT) may proceed. This decision vacates the ruling by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, which dismissed the claim back in [...]

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A spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) expressed concern Tuesday about Italy’s new law imposing fines and penalties for search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea. This law was first introduced as a security decree in June and was approved by the Italian parliament on Monday. The law imposes a maximum of €1 [...]

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The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released a midyear report Tuesday detailing the 3,812 civilian casualties in Afghanistan since January 1, 2019. According to this report, Afghan forces and their allies killed 717 civilians, while the Taliban and other militant groups have killed 531 civilians. The report noted a 27 percent decrease in civilian [...]

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Amnesty International on Wednesday, called on Egyptian authorities to end “cruel and inhuman detention conditions” at al-Aqrab prison where approximately 130 detainees are on a hunger strike to protest the denial of family visits. The hunger strike has been ongoing for six weeks and is in protest of the detainees not being allowed a single [...]

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A Hong Kong court charged 44 protesters with rioting Wednesday due to their involvement in Sunday protests. The peaceful sit-in in a park became “running battles between black-clad demonstrators and police.” They are the first to be charged since protests over the extradition bill began. The defendants were released on bail. Most were ordered to [...]

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