The United Kingdom announced new measures Wednesday to provide its courts with powers to stop wealthy individuals or large businesses, as well as Russian oligarchs, from abusing the UK legal system to silence critics. Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab set out the measures which target the so-called “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” (SLAPPs). SLAPPs often [...]

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Twitter sued billionaire and CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk Tuesday in an effort to force him to complete his US$44 billion acquisition of the social media company. In April Twitter’s board of directors accepted Musk’s offer to purchase the social media platform for $44 billion, at $54.20 a share. Lawyers for Twitter filed a lawsuit in [...]

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South Australia’s Termination of Pregnancy Act 2021 went into effect Thursday, modernizing the state’s termination of pregnancy laws and increasing access to abortion for women in outside of Adelaide. The Termination of Pregnancy Act 2021 passed the state’s parliament more than a year ago on 11 March 2021. The law and the associated Termination of [...]

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The German government Thursday presented plans to make it easier for transgender people to legally change their first name and gender, ending the current rules which require an expert assessment and court authorization. Under Germany’s current “transsexual law,” which was put in place under the Transgender Act of 1980, individuals are required to go through [...]

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A US federal judge ruled Tuesday that former Uber security chief Joseph Sullivan must face wire fraud charges over his alleged involvement in trying to cover up a 2016 hack that exposed the personal information of 57 million passengers and drivers. US District Judge William Orrick rejected Sullivan’s claim that prosecutors failed to adequately argue [...]

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A UK government-commissioned review recommended Thursday  that the legal age of sale for cigarettes in the UK should rise each year to phase out tobacco use. The report sets out 15 recommendations to help the government meet its target of being “smokefree by 2030.” The smokefree target is defined by the UK government as 5% [...]

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Countries including the United States and Britain Thursday called for the International Labour Organization (ILO) to probe alleged labour abuses in China’s Xinjiang region. Australia, Canada and the EU also voiced support for the probe. The calls follow the Committee of Expert’s 2022 report on China’s non-compliance with Convention 111, which prohibits discrimination in employment [...]

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The European Commission Wednesday approved Poland’s recovery and resistance plan, an important step toward the release of billions of euros in grants and loans, but the money will not be paid until Warsaw reforms its judiciary. Under the plan Poland will receive 23.9 billion euros in grants and 11.5 billion euros in cheap loans over [...]

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Dutch journalist union, the Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten (NVJ), Wednesday filed a lawsuit in the EU Court of Justice challenging the EU’s ban on Russian state-backed media outlets. NVJ alleges the EU ban amounts to a restriction on EU citizens’ right to information and free press. The EU banned the Russian state-backed channels Russia Today [...]

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New York Attorney General Letitia James Wednesday stated that the New York Department of Law launched an investigation into several social media platforms they believe a shooter responsible for killing 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket used to plan, promote and stream the attack. The shooting occurred May 14 when 18-year-old Payton Gendron committed what [...]

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