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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the attorney general’s office does not have authority under the consumer protection law to sue natural gas exploration firms over their leasing practices. The Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL) declares unlawful “unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in the [...]

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Purdue Pharma filed a bankruptcy plan on Monday to restructure the company into a new entity with revenue directed toward combating the opioid crisis. The plan also requires the company’s family owners to pay an additional $4.275 billion to resolve thousands of civil claims. Purdue Pharma, which makes OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy protection in September [...]

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The Biden administration on Wednesday designated two alleged affiliates of the Islamic State in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique as foreign terrorist organizations. The State Department named as foreign terrorist organizations the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Congo and Ansar al-Sunna in Mozambique. The Department also designated the respective leaders of those organizations, Seka [...]

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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Monday that they have filed a criminal complaint in Germany accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other top officials of committing crimes against humanity. The allegations arise from the killing of columnist Jamal Khashoggi and the detention of 34 other journalists in Saudi Arabia. The Paris-based media advocacy [...]

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A South Korean human rights group released a report on Thursday stating that North Korea is using forced labor from its prison camps to mine coal and other minerals to boost exports and earn foreign currency. The group alleged that North Korea is using the money generated from the scheme to support its nuclear weapons [...]

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A special anti-terrorism tribunal in Bangladesh’s capital sentenced five members of an Islamist militant group to death on Tuesday for killing a Bangladeshi-American blogger. Aviijit Roy, a 42-year-old Bangladesh-born US citizen, was a well-known atheist blogger who spoke out against religious fundamentalism. Six Islamist militants targeted and murdered Roy in the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, in [...]

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Five nonprofit legal service organizations sued the presiding judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday, seeking to prevent the court system from compelling in-person court appearances for traffic and unlawful detainer hearings. The lawsuit, filed by Public Counsel and other legal service groups, asserts that Presiding Judge Kevin Brazile’s order requiring in-person [...]

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Three local and foreign human rights organizations reported Tuesday that attacks on rights defenders and civil society organizations in Venezuela have increased by 157% since 2019. The Human Rights Office of the Archdiocese of Caracas, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, and COFAVIC, a human rights non-governmental organization (NGO), published the report. [...]

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Canada formally added far-right extremist group the Proud Boys to its list of terrorist entities on Wednesday, according to a news release from Public Safety Canada, making it the first country to do so. The Proud Boys were among 13 new groups placed on Canada’s Criminal Code list of terrorist entities, including al-Qaeda, ISIS and [...]

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The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) produced a draft final report on Tuesday, stating that the US should pursue the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology for military use and development. The government-appointed panel considered the benefits and risks of autonomous weapons this week in a public discussion. The National Defense Authorization Act [...]

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