The European Commission Tuesday announced an investigation into the “golden passport” schemes of EU member states Cyprus and Malta for “selling” EU citizenship. The schemes enable investors to obtain EU citizenship by making pre-determined payments to the member states. The European Commission characterized the schemes as inconsistent with the purpose of Article 4(3) of the [...]

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Hong Kong police wearing riot gear overwhelmed and arrested at least 86 people on Thursday during planned protests against Beijing during China’s National Day holiday. According to a Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) press release, protesters gathered in Causeway Bay and other areas of Hong Kong chanting slogans like “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our [...]

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Australia’s Westpac Bank agreed to pay a A$1.3 billion fine on Thursday in a proposed settlement with the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) for breaching the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act of 2006 (AML/CTF Act) by failing to reasonably monitor suspicious transactions associated with possible child exploitation and terrorist networks. AUSTRAC, the [...]

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Chief Judge David Nye of the US District Court District of Idaho on Monday temporarily blocked the first state law passed to ban transgender women from competing in women’s sports. The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Idaho in April on behalf of Lindsay Hecox and three other students who [...]

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France refused Monday to ratify a 2017 extradition treaty with Hong Kong following China’s enactment of a controversial new national security law in the region, which French officials claim “calls into question the ‘one country, two systems’ principle.” French officials announced that “in light of the most recent developments, as things stand, France will not [...]

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New Jersey District Judge Esther Salas called for better protection of the privacy and safety of judges in a video statement released Monday describing the tragic killing of her son, who died protecting his parents from a gunman who was targeting Salas. The shooting happened on Sunday, July 19, while Salas and her son Daniel [...]

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott Monday signed into law a bill requiring all police in the state to wear body cameras and prohibiting the use of chokeholds. The bipartisan legislation passed unanimously by the state’s General Assembly makes illegal “the use of any maneuver on a person that applies pressure to the neck, throat, windpipe, or carotid [...]

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Judge James E. Boasberg, of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, denied an emergency motion by Dakota Access, LLC on Tuesday to stay his July 6 order directing the company to empty the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) within 30-days. Since July 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes, along [...]

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A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld a number of Republican-authored voting restrictions in Wisconsin on Monday, reversing several lower court decisions. Judge Easterbrook explained in the opinion, in which Judges Kanne and Sykes joined, that the district court incorrectly held that the laws produced a disparate impact on [...]

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overturned a 2016 decision on Tuesday that required employers to bargain with a newly certified union before the employer imposes “serious discipline” in the absence of a first contract. The case involved a group of workers at a rehabilitation and nursing care facility who were suspended, and one worker [...]

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