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The Spanish government approved a draft bill Tuesday that extends abortion access for teenagers, removes existing obstacles to abortion, and may make Spain the first country in Europe to grant workers menstrual leave. The draft, which Spain’s Council of Ministers approved, will reform Spain’s current Organic Law 2/2010, of 3 March, on Sexual and Reproductive [...]

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The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Thursday passed a resolution to initiate an investigation into possible war crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine. The investigation will be conducted by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry, an independent commission under the UNHRC responsible for coordinating and reporting upon national and international investigations. The commission is [...]

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The United Kingdom announced Wednesday that it had implemented a visa requirement for Salvadorans seeking to enter the country due to a spike in asylum applications from Salvadoran citizens. Over the past five years an increasing number of Salvadorans have been driven to emigrate due to gang violence and poverty in their home country. Salvadorian [...]

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An Arizona judge Wednesday rejected a death row inmate’s request for clemency based on claims he is mentally incompetent, keeping the execution on track to be the first in the state for nearly eight years. In 2008, Clarence Dixon was convicted of murdering 21-year-old Arizona State University student Deana Bowdoin in 1977 and sentenced to [...]

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The US House of Representatives Wednesday unanimously passed legislation calling on the State Department to develop a strategy to regain observer status for Taiwan in the World Health Organization (WHO). The bill previously passed through the Senate in August 2021. It will now go to the White House where it is expected that President Joe [...]

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The Constitutional Court of Italy Wednesday ruled Italian children should be given the surname of both parents. It is a long-standing tradition in Italy that all newborns are automatically given their father’s surname. But in Wednesday’s decision, the court described the practice as “discriminatory and harmful to the identity” of the child. Specifically the court [...]

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The Supreme Court of South Korea Thursday overturned a 2019 military court conviction of two male soldiers sentenced for having consensual sex outside their military facilities. In its landmark ruling, the Supreme Court said that the military court did not consider whether the defendant’s relations were consensual, stating the law should not apply to consensual [...]

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Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and DJ, Tam Tak-chi, was found guilty Wednesday of seditious speech and sentenced to jail for 40 months in Hong Kong’s District Court. Tam Tak-chi is the first person since Hong Kong’s 1997 handover to stand full trial for sedition in Hong Kong. Tam was arrested in July 2020 shortly after [...]

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International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Karim Khan Wednesday told reporters during his visit to Bucha that “Ukraine is a crime scene” as the court continues its investigation into alleged war crimes in the country. The ICC opened its investigation into alleged war crimes committed in Ukraine on March 2 this year, one week after [...]

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The UK government announced Wednesday that it has imposed sanctions on another 206 individuals in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including 178 individuals who it said were involved in propping up Russian-backed illegal breakaway regions of Ukraine. Among the individuals sanctioned were Alexander Ananchenko and Sergey Kozlov, the self-styled prime minister and Chair of [...]

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