The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that it will streamline the process of determining eligibility for student loan forgiveness for borrowers with claims that their institutions engaged in misconduct. The Department expects to receive $1 billion in loan cancelation requests to help approximately 72,000 students. Forgiveness under the borrower defense to repayment provision is [...]

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A Mexican court issued a definitive suspension Friday against the new electricity law that aims to strengthen the state-run company, Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE). The law is supported by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who wants to increase state control of the energy market. López Obrador claimed that under the previous administration, the electricity [...]

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The US Senate unanimously passed the Ensuring Innovation Act and the Advancing Education on Biosimilars Act Thursday, two pieces of bipartisan legislation aiming to lower prescription drug prices by increasing competition. The Ensuring Innovation Act addresses loopholes used by companies to maintain the exclusive right to sell a drug. A company holds an exclusive right [...]

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) stated Friday that it expects to charge at least 100 additional suspects in the January 6 attack on the Capitol, explaining that the investigation into the attack is one of the largest investigations the department has conducted. Approximately 300 suspects have already been charged in the Capitol attack, and the [...]

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Chinese parliamentarians in Beijing proposed an overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral system on Friday. The proposed structural changes would involve re-drafting Hong-Kong’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law, consolidating China’s “overall jurisdiction” over Hong Kong. China’s legislature is debating draft guidelines, and it is expected that it will pass the guidelines by March 11. Once the guidelines [...]

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Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell filed a civil lawsuit in federal court against former president Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani, and Republican Congressman Mo Brooks on Friday, alleging that the deadly Capitol insurrection on January 6 was a “direct and foreseeable consequence” of the defendants’ unlawful actions. Only the United States Attorney General can [...]

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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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