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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte signed the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021 into law on Friday, giving vaccine makers indemnity if their COVID-19 vaccines cause adverse side effects. Although the number of COVID-19 infections in Philippines is one of the highest in Asia, the Philippines is one of the last Southeastern Asian countries to receive [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado on Friday sentenced white supremacist Richard Holzer to 19.5 years in prison for the federal hate crime of planning to blow up the Temple Emanuel Synagogue in Pueblo, Colorado. Holzer, a self-identifying Neo-Nazi and white supremacist, was arrested in November 2019. His plan to bomb [...]

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In a 2-1 decision on Friday, the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request to revive a Tennessee law requiring a 48-hour waiting period before abortions while the court hears an appeal of the district court’s decision that ruled the law unconstitutional. The 2015 law mandated that women make two trips to an [...]

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The Malaysian Kuala Lumpur high court on Thursday ordered Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, to enter a defense on three counts of corruption. The corruption trial is linked to a multi-million-dollar project that was approved while Najib was prime minister. The corruption charges were filed in 2018 after Najib lost [...]

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The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Friday dismissed the prosecution’s request to delay the March trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minnesota police officer charged will killing George Floyd, after the prosecution cited safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The appeals court also rejected the prosecution’s request to hold a joint trial for Chauvin [...]

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The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Thursday that defendants who are facing prolonged incarceration due to COVID-19 trial delays have the right to a new detention hearing if certain requirements are met.    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Jersey and the Office of the Public Defender brought this case. The New Jersey [...]

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In a divided decision, the Supreme Court ruled Friday against a California ban on indoor church services. However, it did not strike down California’s restrictions on indoor singing, chanting, and limits to the number of worshipers. The ruling permits California churches to hold in-person services with a capacity limit of 25%. The restrictions and bans [...]

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The Virginia Senate and the Virginia House of Delegates passed bills this week that would abolish the death penalty in Virginia, setting Virginia up to be the 23rd state to abolish the death penalty if each chamber approves the other chambers’ bill. If approved, the two men on death row in Virginia will be sentenced [...]

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The US Department of Justice indicted two Proud Boys members Friday for conspiring to obstruct law enforcement and other charges for their acts connected to the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. Proud Boys is a far-right nationalist organization, self-described as “Western Chauvinists.” The two members indicted on Friday were Dominic Pezzola and William [...]

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Eight former commanders of the demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity on Thursday by Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP). Rodrigo Londono, Pablo Catatumbo, Pastor Alape, and Milton de Jesus Toncel are among the eight former leaders facing the accusations. The former FARC leaders allegedly [...]

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