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US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Thursday called the leak of the Supreme Court’s highly anticipated abortion opinion “absolutely appalling.” A leaked draft US Supreme Court opinion published Monday by POLITICO shows that the justices have voted to overturn the landmark abortion rights case Roe v. Wade. The leak prompted large scale protests by abortion-rights activists outside [...]

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Miami federal prosecutors Friday charged British Virgin Islands (BVI) Premier Andrew Alturo Fahie and two others with drug trafficking and money laundering, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said. Fahie, BVI Ports Authority Managing Director Oleanvine Maynard and his son Kadeem Maynard were charged with cocaine trafficking and money laundering conspiracies for agreeing to facilitate [...]

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Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso Friday declared a state of emergency in three of the country’s 24 provinces in response to increasing violence and crime perpetrated by drug-trafficking gangs. During the 60-day state of emergency, 4,000 police personnel and 5,000 members of Ecuador’s armed forces will be deployed in the provinces of Guayas, Manabi and Esmeraldas. [...]

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In a move toward greater transparency, the Spanish ombudsman Saturday announced it will probe the possible inappropriate use of Pegasus spyware by authorities to spy on Catalonian separatist figures. Additionally, a parliamentary commission and the Spanish Intelligence Agency CNI will conduct a separate probe. This decision came in response to a report by the University of [...]

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Russia’s Justice Ministry Friday designated popular activist Vladimir Kara-Murza as a “foreign agent,” which means he will have to file elaborate financial disclosures and add a disclaimer to all his public messages on social media or otherwise. Kara-Murza, 40, is a prominent Russian dissident, political activist, writer, and democrat spokesperson. He has been lauded abroad [...]

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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Friday said that the UK’s plan to export its asylum obligations by transferring asylum seekers and refugees to Rwanda for asylum processing is a violation of international law. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Thursday announced that under the UK and Rwanda’s new migration and economic development partnership, “nyone [...]

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The Moscow Times (MT) and Radio France Internationale (RFI) Friday reported that the Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has blocked access to their websites. MT said that its Russian-language service has been blocked by the communications regulator based on a request by the Prosecutor General’s office. Roskomnadzor’s universal restriction check service confirms that the MT site’s [...]

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Tunisian President Kais Saied Saturday announced a plan to compensate the victims of the 2011 revolution that ushered democracy into the country after the ousting of then-president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Saied’s decree declares compensation for “martyrs,” including police and army personnel killed and wounded during what he referred to as “terrorist attacks.” The [...]

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The European Commission’s “freeze and seize” task force Friday said that EU member governments have frozen assets owned by Russian and Belarusian individuals and companies worth nearly €30 billion. More than half the EU member states have enforced EU sanctions by freezing boats, helicopters, real estate and artwork. They have also blocked transactions of €196 [...]

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Russia’s Ministry of Justice Friday canceled the registration of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and 13 other international organisations citing “the discovery of violations of the current legislation of the Russian Federation.” The Ministry announced its decision to de-register the Moscow offices of organisations including the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Friedrich Naumann [...]

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