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Four criminal defendants in Oregon Monday filed a lawsuit against the state for violating their rights to counsel and a speedy trial under the Sixth Amendment. The plaintiff’s allege that an underfunded and failing public defender system has left them without counsel for months. Jason D. Williamson, the executive director of the Center on Race, [...]

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Chile’s Constitutional Convention Monday finalized the draft of a new constitution, following 10 months of negotiations. Chilean citizens overwhelmingly voted in October 2020 to draft the new constitution replacing the guiding principles put in place in 1980 under General Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship.  The draft has been heralded for its progressive nature, with it requiring free higher [...]

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Guinea-Bissau’s president, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, Monday dissolved the country’s parliament, the National Popular Assembly. In a video Embalo released after the decision, he accused the Assembly of covering up members’ corruption as well as embezzling government funds. He also cited “persistent and insurmountable differences” between the executive branch and parliament, stymying progress in the country. [...]

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The US Supreme Court Monday struck down part of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA), ruling in favor of Senator Ted Cruz. Cruz sued the Federal Election Commission (FEC) over a $260,000 personal loan made to his senatorial campaign, which he attempted to recoup the costs of in violation of the BCRA’s section [...]

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Sri Lanka lifted a government curfew Sunday for the Buddhist holiday of Vesak on May 16. The curfew was put in place on May 9 after violence broke out amid protests against current Sri Lankan President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The curfew was instituted under Sri Lanka’s Public Security Ordinance Part III. The [...]

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The Israeli Supreme Court Sunday ruled in favor of the Israeli government’s planned cable car over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The ruling has been met with excitement by proponents such as Jerusalem’s mayor, Moshe Lion, who claimed the project would, “reduce air pollution in the area, solve the transport and parking distress and allow [...]

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According to a press release on Thursday, May 12th from the Danish Ministry of Justice, the Danish Attorney General has recommended charging former Defence Minister, Claus Hjort Frederiksen, with “the unauthorized disclosure of highly classified information.” The Attorney General’s office has recommended that charges be brought under the rarely used section 109 of the Danish [...]

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Sudanese Military Thursday fired tear gas and stun grenades at protestors as attempts at a peaceful resolution to unrest have fallen apart. According to a press release from the Khartoum State Resistance Committees, the protestors intended to march from Jackson Station, Al Qandul Square, and the Stadium to the Republican Palace in Khartoum. Current political [...]

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The first trial of a Russian soldier for war crimes began Friday in Ukraine. According to Iryna Venediktova, Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Sergeant Vadim Shysimarin is accused of shooting a 62-year old civilian who was riding his bike in the Sumy Region of Ukraine, less than 200 miles from Kyiv, on February 28th. Venediktova stated, “or these [...]

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Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, decreed Sunday that non-Muslims (citizens and foreign nationals) will now be allowed to marry and have their marriages recognized in the Emirates. This is a significant shift in Emirate’s marriage law, which was previously based on Islamic Sharia law. Sharia law [...]

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