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The Mexico City Congress has approved a bill reforming the city’s penal code to criminalize conversion therapy. The reform seeks to penalize practitioners of conversion therapy, and the relevant provision in the Code specifies “the criminalization of contracts, treatments, therapies or services, tasks or activities that pretend to correct the sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression [...]

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Australia has formally disputed several of China’s maritime claims over the South China Sea. In a submission to the United Nations filed Thursday, the Permanent Mission of Australia said: The Australian government rejects any claims by China that are inconsistent with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), in particular, maritime [...]

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A Hamburg juvenile court convicted a 93-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard on Thursday on 5,232 counts of accessory to murder and one count of accessory to attempted murder. Bruno Dey has been given a two-year suspended sentence, bringing to a close the trial that had begun in October. While Dey apologized to the victims and [...]

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An appeals court in Malaysia has set aside a lower court ruling that sentenced 27 Rohingya refugees to be caned, one of the group’s lawyers said on Wednesday. Judge Arik Sanusi said that the refugees were neither habitual offenders nor had they committed any acts of violence, so it was “inhumane” to inflict such punishment [...]

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Sudan’s ousted president, Omar al-Bashir, went on trial Tuesday in the capital city of Khartoum for spearheading the 1989 coup d’état that brought him to power. After the opening of the trial on Tuesday, proceedings were adjourned until August 11. The charges against al-Bashir include undermining the constitution, violating the Armed Forces Act and stirring up [...]

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Iran’s supreme court on Sunday suspended the execution of three men convicted following the November 2019 anti-government protests. The Revolutionary Court in Tehran had in February 22 convicted the three men of moharebeh (waging war against God), and “destroying and setting fire to public property with the aim of confronting the political system of the [...]

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A three-judge panel at the Jerusalem District Court on Sunday decided that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trial would begin hearing its first witnesses in January 2021. The court, presided over by Judge Rivka Friedman-Feldman, decided to hear witnesses and take evidence three days a week. Netanyahu, now the longest-serving Israeli Prime Minister, had in [...]

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New Philippines anti-terror legislation took effect Saturday after approval by President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this month. It has been widely criticized for giving overreaching powers to the Philippines government, curbing free speech and targeting peaceful dissent. It provides for warrantless detention of suspects for up to 24 days, surveillance for up to 90 days and [...]

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The UN Security Council ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee Thursday added Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud to its Sanctions List. Mehsud assumed the leadership of the TTP following the death of the Mullah Fazlullah in June 2018. The group has since claimed responsibility for multiple deadly terror attacks across Pakistan, [...]

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A US District Court judge has rejected an $18.9M class-action settlement with Harvey Weinstein’s former studio, The Weinstein Company (TWC). Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York Tuesday dismissed the idea that the victims of Weinstein could be certified as a class, citing distinctions in the cases of [...]

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