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A group of independent UN experts released a statement Monday condemning the violent riots on Capitol Hill that were intended to disrupt the formal counting of the electoral votes on January 6. The statement called for a peaceful return to American democratic principles that have been challenged since the November 3 election, which had no [...]

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The US Department of State once again designated Cuba as a state that sponsors terrorism Monday. In 2015, the Obama administration removed Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list, which currently includes North Korea, Iran and Syria. In a press statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the State Department accused Cuba of “repeatedly [...]

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In a speech accepting the nomination for Attorney General from President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday, Merrick Garland condemned the riots on Capitol Hill and underscored the importance of the rule of law as the foundation for American democracy. Attorney General-designate Garland is currently a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of [...]

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule Tuesday that limits the use of scientific research that does not make public all data collected from the study. The new regulation, titled Strengthening Transparency in Pivotal Science Underlying Significant Regulatory Actions and Influential Scientific Information, does not automatically disallow the use of any data from [...]

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UN rights experts attached to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Wednesday condemned President Trump’s December 22 pardoning of four former Blackwater contractors, asserting that the pardons violated international law. The Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries, Jelena Aparac, called the pardons an “affront to justice to the [...]

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The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) of the Republic of Ireland Sunday initiated a public consultation on a code of practice to protect employees by giving them the right to disconnect from their work outside of regular working hours. The consultation for an updated code of practice comes as a response to the dramatic change in [...]

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ), the EU’s highest court, on Thursday upheld Belgium’s ban on slaughtering animals without stunning them first, rejecting legal challenges from Muslim and Jewish groups. This ban expands the restrictions that EU Council Regulation no. 1099/2009 placed on meat processing facilities to require the use of reversible, non-lethal stunning or [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday condemned Iran’s execution of activist and journalist Ruhollah Zam on Saturday. Zam was a founder of AmadNews, which became popular during the nationwide protests, and posted articles and social media posts criticizing the Iranian government. Zam was abducted while visiting Iraq by Iranian Revolutionary Guards [...]

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Friday that the state of California has filed to join the US Department of Justice in an antitrust lawsuit against tech giant Google. The lawsuit was filed in October by the federal government, and was joined by 11 states including Texas, Georgia and Florida. Becerra will be the first [...]

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Justice Martin Jenkins was sworn in as an Associate Justice for the California Supreme Court on Friday, becoming the first openly gay man and the third African American man to serve as a justice on the California Supreme Court. Jenkins, a San Francisco native, was nominated by Governor Gavin Newsom on October 5 to fill [...]

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