Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), National Security Archive and Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations filed a complaint in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday against President Donald Trump and the Executive Office of the President for violations of the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and the [...]

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Tuesday signed the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act, which prevents an abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected. The bill uses the term “‘detectable human heartbeat’ means embryonic or fetal cardiac activity or the steady and repetitive rhythmic contraction of the heart within the gestational sac.” Fetal heartbeats are [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday unsealed charges against 60 individuals in a takedown by the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid (ARPO) Strike Force. The arrests span 11 federal districts and include 53 medical professionals. The defendants have been charged for “their alleged participation in the illegal prescribing and distributing of opioids and other [...]

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The Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday upheld the Israeli government’s deportation order against Omar Shakir, a US citizen and the Human Rights Watch (HRW) Israel and Palestine director. The court ordered Shakir’s work permit to be revoked in response to his criticism of Israel’s rights record. While making its determination, the court looked broadly at Shakir’s [...]

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UN Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha on Friday highlighted an extreme lack of adequate housing in France, as detailed in her preliminary findings. According to international human rights law, adequate housing is defined as sufficient affordable housing. Farha’s report breaks down France’s housing issues, detailing the government’s lack of response to housing needs, the poor conditions [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 on Friday that federal district courts lack the authority to release materials from grand juries except where authorized by specific federal rules. The background of this case involved a decades-old grand jury investigation regarding the disappearance of Jesús de Galíndez Suárez, a professor [...]

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Japan’s amended Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, which allows foreigners who qualify for Specified Skills visas to work in Japan, went into effect on Monday. Originally passed on December 8, the new legislation permits foreign workers to enter Japan to work in designated sectors, including construction, manufacturing, hospitality, aviation, nursing and agriculture, for a five-year [...]

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