wiggijo / Pixabay

The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a travel advisory Saturday for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut residents amid COVID-19 spread concerns. The CDC recommends that residents of these states refrain from domestic travel for the next 14 days. However, the agency advises critical infrastructure industry employees to continue travel. The CDC explained [...]

READ MORE
skeeze / Pixabay

The Federal Reserve announced Friday that it would loosen bank regulations to support lending during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal Reserve Board specifically modified two previous regulations: the standardized approach for measuring counterparty credit risk rule (SA-CRR) and the current expected credit loss rule (CECL). The SA-CRR modification will apply to the reporting period that [...]

READ MORE
pixel2013 / Pixabay

The EU agreed Tuesday that it would begin membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. The European Affairs Ministers met via video conference led by the Croatian European Affairs Minister, Andreja Metelko-Zgombic. During the conference, the Affairs Ministers agreed to pursue the membership negotiations with the two countries. Metelko-Zgombic stated, “It was my great pleasure [...]

READ MORE
© WikiMedia (Michael Coghlan)

Amnesty International and Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) shared concerns Tuesday on overcrowded Pakistani prisons amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The report specifically mentioned a prisoner that tested positive for COVID-19 after being arrested in Italy. Italy deported the prisoner to Pakistan, and Pakistan placed the prisoner among 3,500 uninfected inmates in a jail barracks. Authorities eventually [...]

READ MORE
padrinan / Pixabay

Ohio Governor DeWine and Louisiana Governor Edwards are the most recent to issue a statewide “stay at home” order Sunday. Both states are ordering residents to stay home and only leave for essential services such as retrieving groceries or medication. These states are among multiple that have issued similar orders during the COVID-19 outbreak. Ohio’s [...]

READ MORE

The Department of Justice (DOJ) asked Congress to grant the US Attorney General emergency powers to ask federal judges to pause court proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic according to a POLITICO report Saturday. Federal judges already have the power to pause court proceedings in their individual courts during emergencies. However, the DOJ contends that this [...]

READ MORE

A group of UN experts condemned Thammakaset, a Thai poultry producer, for alleged targeting of human rights defenders Thursday. In 2019, Thammakaset allegedly used Thai defamation laws to sue and have prosecuted ten individuals who criticized Thammakaset’s labor practices for human rights abuses. The UN experts called upon Thailand to reform defamation laws based on [...]

READ MORE
© WikiMedia (Pete Souza)

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 Tuesday to give the House Judiciary Committee access to grand jury testimony from the Mueller investigation. Judge Judith Rogers authored the court’s opinion. In the opinion, Rogers cited congress’ sole constitutional power to impeach as justification for granting testimony access. She stressed [...]

READ MORE
HutchRock / Pixabay

A bipartisan group of US representatives introduced a bill Monday to prevent the internet sale of counterfeit goods. The Stopping Harmful Offers on Platforms by Screening Against Fakes in E-Commerce Act (SHOP SAFE Act) would hold internet platforms liable under trademark law for third-party sites selling counterfeit goods sold on the platform. The group cited [...]

READ MORE