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The European Commission Wednesday announced it is suing Portugal over its failure to implement a national action plan addressing long-term risks from exposure to radiation. In a press statement, the European Commission stated that, Today, the Commission decided to refer Portugal to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to fully transpose [...]

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A California judge has approved video game company Activision Blizzard’s settlement Tuesday with the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission settling the federal lawsuit against the entertainment giant. Within the settlement, which was first announced in September,  Activision Blizzard agreed to create an $18 million fund to compensate employees who experienced sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination. [...]

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The District Court of The Hague Wednesday rejected a suit brought by four Nigerian widows against oil giant Shell for allegedly helping corrupt witnesses testifying against their late husbands, who were executed in 1995 by the Nigerian government following protests against Shell’s exploitation of the Niger Delta. In 1995, former military ruler Sani Abacha executed [...]

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South Africa’s Western Cape Division of the High Court Wednesday halted the construction of Amazon’s new Africa headquarters and ordered the developer to consult with local indigenous people who say the site is on sacred land. Judge Patricia Goliath ruled that Liesbeek Leisure Properties Trust (LLPT), the developer of the site, must cease construction immediately [...]

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The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Wednesday that it had designated Afghanistan for temporary protected status (TPS) for 18 months, a move that grants temporary deportation relief and work permits to Afghans currently residing in the US. The designation will help assist more than 70,000 Afghans who entered the US as part of [...]

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Environmental law organization ClientEarth Tuesday announced legal action against the Board of Directors of Shell over the company’s failure to adopt and implement a climate strategy plan. ClientEarth, as a shareholder, seeks to hold the company’s 13 directors personally liable for breaching their duties under the UK Companies Act by arguing that the Board has failed [...]

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Members of the European Parliament Wednesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a legislative proposal asking the European Commission to propose a law abolishing “golden passport” schemes by 2025. The European Parliament stressed that golden passports, or “citizen by investment” schemes, allow third-country nationals to acquire citizenship rights in exchange for money and “undermine the essence [...]

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The US Department of State announced Wednesday that former Ecuador President Abdala Bucaram has been designated under § 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, which effectively bars his entry into the US. Citing Bucaram’s alleged involvement in corruption as the reasoning behind the decision, the State Department noted [...]

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UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet announced during the Human Rights Council’s 49th session on Tuesday that her office has reached an agreement to visit China, including the province of Xinjiang in May. This announcement comes as 192 human rights organizations published a joint open letter the same day to Bachelet, calling for her to [...]

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