The European Commission stopped Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings from acquiring Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Thursday in a bid to prevent the creation of an anti-competitive market. The Commission found that merging the two companies, both based in South Korea, “would have created a dominant position by the newly merged company and reduced competition in [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Thursday issued a final decision that a complaint concerning a bakery’s refusal to fulfil an order for a cake advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights is inadmissible. The dispute arose in 2014 following a third unsuccessful attempt to legalize same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Gareth Lee ordered and paid for a [...]

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UNICEF sounded the alarm Friday over surging numbers of child casualties amid armed conflicts. “From Afghanistan to Yemen, and Syria to northern Ethiopia, thousands of children paid a devastating price as armed conflict, inter-communal violence, and insecurity continued,” the organization said in a statement.  UNICEF reported that in conflicts around the world, grave violations of [...]

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US President Joe Biden has proclaimed January 2022 to be National Stalking Awareness Month and announced that a task force will be established to address digital stalking. The Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC) defines stalking as “a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel [...]

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The United Kingdom and Australia Friday signed a new free trade agreement. This is the first UK trade agreement to be negotiated and signed since their formal withdrawal from the European Union in 2020. The trade agreement will remove the majority of tariffs on goods exported from the UK to Australia. The tariffs removal will “unlock £10.4 billion [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed in a report published Thursday that separationist fighters have systematically targeted education facilities amidst significant armed conflict. The report, entitled “They Are Destroying Our Future:” Armed Separatist Attacks on Students, Teachers, and Schools in Cameroon’s Anglophone Regions, investigated the safety of education in Cameroon based on interviews with students and [...]

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The US Department of the Treasury Friday sanctioned 15 people and 10 entities under new executive orders in a move denouncing human rights abuses. The Department also restricted investments in a Chinese company that uses surveillance technology. Leaders of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China have been sanctioned because of alleged human rights abuses. [...]

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Australia’s Minister of Defence, Peter Dutton, was awarded AU $35,000 Wednesday for being defamed in a tweet that called him a “rape apologist.” The tweet which sparked the defamation lawsuit was published by refugee advocate Shane Bazzi in February. It read, “Peter Dutton is a rape apologist,” with a link to an article about Dutton [...]

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Australia listed two organizations, the Base and Hezballah, as terrorist organizations Wednesday. The Base is a group that promotes white supremacy and adheres to neo-Nazi ideology. Hezbollah is a militant extremist group with religious ideology. The organizations are now listed as terrorist organizations under Division 102 of the Australian Criminal Code Act of 1995. Although Hezbollah’s [...]

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UK Home Secretary Priti Patel Friday presented a proscription order to Parliament to enact a complete ban on Hamas, a terrorist movement, from the UK. Patel introduced the proscription order under the Terrorism Act 2000 as she is satisfied, on the advice of the Proscription Review Group, that Hamas is a terrorist organization and total proscription [...]

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