Barbados swore in its first ever president on Tuesday, becoming a republic 55 years after the island first gained independence. Queen Elizabeth was formerly the head of state of Barbados. However, Barbados swore in its first president, Sandra Mason, on Tuesday. This ended nearly 400 years of British rule. With Prince Charles present for the [...]

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The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) warned Thursday that a legislative proposal from November 2020 risks damaging the individual fundamental rights of European Union citizens. The proposals comprise four existing statutes, with a fifth proposal for a “Data Act” expected to be presented soon. They collectively aim to facilitate further use and sharing of personal data between [...]

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Poland’s government released a statement Sunday reminding doctors that there are exceptions to the country’s strict abortion laws, such as when a pregnant woman’s life is at risk. The statement follows several recent protests following the pregnancy-related death of a 30-year-old woman in a Polish hospital. According to the Polish government, under the Act of 1993 [...]

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The High Court of Australia found on Wednesday that the higher tax rate for working holiday makers breached a treaty with the UK and was discriminatory. In December 2016, the Australian Parliament established a new tax rate applicable to persons holding working holiday visas, added to the Income Tax Rates Acts 1986. This meant that individuals [...]

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Lufthansa and easyJet have gained backing from the EU General Court for their acquisitions of insolvent German carrier Air Berlin’s assets four years ago. In 2016, Air Berlin implemented a restructuring plan that included entering an agreement with Lufthansa in order to sublet aircraft and crew. However, the loss of financial support loans granted to [...]

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The United Nations Human Rights Council deemed Thursday the detention of environmental lawyer and the United States national Steven Donzinger was illegal. In February 2011, a court in Ecuador found Chevron Corporation liable for causing severe environmental and health damage to the Amazon rainforest by deliberately discharging billions of gallons of oil waste onto indigenous ancestral lands [...]

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The Third Criminal Senate of Germany’s Federal Court of Justice on Monday made public its decision to reject a Free Syrian Army member’s appeal against his conviction for war crimes, attempted homicide, torture, and membership of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The Stuttgart Higher Regional Court sentenced Fares A.B. to 12 years in [...]

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The lower house of Poland’s parliament voted 228-216 to narrowly pass a media reform legislation on Wednesday that the US Department of State fears will “significantly weaken the media environment the Polish people have worked so long to build.” Stating that he is “deeply troubled” by the legislation, Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasised the importance of media freedom [...]

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The top criminal court in Spain archived a case on Thursday involving genocide allegations against the leader of Western Sahara’s independence movement. The case involved a complaint filed in 2008 against thirteen Moroccan soldiers of the Polisario Front and their leader Brahim Ghali for genocide, murder, injuries, illegal detention, terrorism, torture, and abductions. These crimes [...]

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The EU published conclusions on the new “Globally Connected Europe Strategy,” an infrastructure strategy set to rival China’s “Belt and Road” initiative on Monday. This came following a co-operation pledge between the EU G7 nations along with the rest of the elite forum’s members. These conclusions are set to build upon the 2018 Joint Communication [...]

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