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US President Joe Biden has rescinded the national emergency at the US-Mexico border issued by former President Donald Trump to justify construction on the border wall, the White House announced on Thursday. Terminating the national emergency marks the culmination of the current administration’s effort to end construction on the border wall, which began when Biden issued an [...]

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The US Supreme Court released an order on Wednesday granting the Biden administration’s request to remove oral arguments for challenges on now-defunct Trump administration immigration policies. The Supreme Court’s order separately granted a writ of certiorari in a natural-gas pipeline case. The removed cases, Mayorkas v. Innovation Law Lab and Biden v. Sierra Club, are [...]

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US President Joe Biden’s administration filed a motion on Monday asking the US Supreme Court to cancel upcoming oral arguments for two appeals filed by former president Donald Trump concerning the southern border wall and the “remain in Mexico” asylum policy. The motion follows a proclamation issued by Biden on his first day in office ordering a [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Thursday that a SWAT team member must face First Amendment and battery claims from reporters he tear-gassed while they were covering public unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in 2014. SWAT team member Michael Anderson claims that the reporters had [...]

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The governor of Puerto Rico declared a state of emergency on Sunday in response to the high rate of violence against women and transgender individuals. Governor Pedro Pierluisi, who took office earlier this month, issued an executive order to combat the high rates of gender-based violence in the territory. In addition to declaring the state of [...]

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The Tokyo District Court upheld Japan’s ban on dual citizenship on Thursday. The court rejected the case of Japanese expatriates living in Europe who had challenged the constitutionality of the ban in the first judicial decision concerning the issue. The court sided with the Japanese government’s concern for national interests. Judge Hideaki Mori said that [...]

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Five people in Saudi Arabia who committed crimes as minors are still awaiting execution, despite the kingdom’s April announcement that juvenile offenders would no longer face the death penalty, rights groups said Monday. In April, Saudia Arabia’s government-operated Human Rights Commission (HRC) announced that a royal decree from King Salman had eliminated the death penalty [...]

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The Trump administration executed Corey Johnson by lethal injection on Thursday. Johnson was convicted for a series of seven murders committed in 1992 and became the twelfth federal inmate put to death since July. The execution followed two separate appeals by Johnson’s attorneys for a stay of execution. In the first appeal they argued that Johnson [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski to determine whether a plaintiff may recover nominal damages for an unconstitutional government policy when the government has changed the policy since the plaintiff originally filed the suit. In 2016 Chike Uzuegbunam, a student at Georgia Gwinnett College and an evangelical Christian, had [...]

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In response to Wednesday’s attack on the US Capitol by pro-Trump rioters the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights released a statement Thursday condemning the “deliberate distortion of facts” by American politicians, especially concerning the presidential election and allegations of voter fraud. The statement also voiced support for a “thorough investigation” into [...]

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