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Supporters of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko on Friday clashed with Senegalese police when they attempted to gather to protest his arrest for “disturbing public order and participating in an unauthorized demonstration.” Sonko was charged for disturbing the public order on March 3 following his refusal to take another route to the courthouse in Dakar to [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that will shape the future of restrictive voting rights laws. The court heard arguments in the combined cases of Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee and Arizona Republican Party v. Democratic National Committee concerning two Arizona state laws. The first law bars the counting of [...]

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Protesters filled the streets of Algiers on Friday as the pro-democracy Hirak movement regained momentum after a year-long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hirak, meaning “movement” in Arabic, was formed in 2019 to oppose former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s run for a fifth term. The non-partisan movement aims for systemic change that includes judicial independence and the rule [...]

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New York resident and peace activist Martin Gugino on Monday filed a civil lawsuit against Buffalo, New York, police after being seriously injured by several officers this past summer. On June 4, Gugino was participating in a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Niagara Square when members of the city’s militarized Emergency Response Team (ERT) [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday for the second time in Florida v. Georgia, a case about water rights between the two neighboring states. The case involves concerns about water flow in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin (ACF Basin), a delta that flows into the Gulf of Mexico from Florida. After hearing Monday’s argument, [...]

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The Third Cassation Court in St. Petersburg on Tuesday rejected the appeal of historian and human rights activist Yuri Dmitriev following a September proceeding that overturned his sentence and “canceled” a prior acquittal. The September ruling by the high court of the Republic of Karelia held that Dmitriev was guilty of “committing acts of a [...]

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Puerto Rican Governor Pedro Pierluisi said Sunday that the US is “morally obligated” to take action following the territory’s recent referendum in favor of achieving US statehood. Although Puerto Ricans have voted repeatedly on the issue of statehood in recent years, the November vote finally garnered majority approval with high enough voter turnout. Congress has [...]

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced on Monday that Secretary of State Kathy Bookvar will resign from her position at the end of the week due to her department’s failure to advertise a proposed constitutional amendment that sought to extend the statute of limitations for victims of clergy sexual abuse. In 2018, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh [...]

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Hundreds of Democratic Congressional aides on Wednesday sent a public statement urging the US Senate to hold former president Donald Trump accountable for the rioting that occurred at the Capitol building last month. The signatories, many of whom drew upon their “active shooter training” that they received in post-Columbine classrooms, insist that the former president [...]

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