The United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) a statement warning of “anarchy” in the Gaza Strip on Friday after Israel issued an evacuation order on July 9, which the OHCHR says forced families to stay “amid active hostilities or risk fleeing to areas still subject to attack.” The statement, made by Ajith Sunghay, the Head of [...]

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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law Monday prohibiting schools from informing parents when students change their pronouns in school. The Support Academic Futures and Educators for Today’s Youth (SAFETY) Act also imposes responsibilities on the State Department of Education to develop resources to “increase support for LGBTQ pupils.” According to the California legislature’s LGBTQ [...]

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Finland’s parliament passed a law Friday allowing border guards to stop asylum seekers from Russia. Parliament declared the bill “urgent” and quickly passed by a vote of 167-31. The law is temporary and will only be effective for one year after its enactment. In that timeframe, it allows the government to review and restrict the [...]

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A group of Louisiana families filed a motion for an injunction Monday to stop officials from implementing a law requiring the display of the Ten Commandments in every public school classroom in the state. Louisiana is set to become the first state to impose such a requirement, though the action has been debated in other [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled on Friday that courts must exercise independent judgment in assessing an agency’s statutory authority. This overruled the deference long afforded to an agency’s interpretation of its mandate under Chevron U.S.A. v. Natural Resources Defense Council. The case of Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo Secretary of Commerce considered the regulation of [...]

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Hunter Biden filed documents on Monday seeking a new trial after his conviction on three felonies on June 11, 2024. He argued that the decision should be vacated since the trial began before an appeal for an earlier motion was concluded. Biden also claimed that one of the laws he was prosecuted under, §922(g)(3), is [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled on Friday that citizens do not have a right to have their non-citizen spouses allowed into the country. Justice Amy Coney Barrett wrote for a 6-3 majority that “a citizen does not have a fundamental liberty interest in her noncitizen spouse being admitted to the country” after a US citizen [...]

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Thailand’s senate voted by a wide margin to support a bill legalizing same-sex marriage on Tuesday. This comes after its House of Representatives voted to approve the bill in March with near unanimity. Now, the bill must receive royal endorsement by King Maha Vajiralongkorn before entering into Thailand’s Royal Gazette as law. The bill is [...]

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