The US House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation Thursday to enforce higher standards for background checks on persons intending to purchase firearms from licensed arms dealers. HR 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, requires licensed gun dealers, manufacturers or importers to act as a third-party background check on unlicensed private parties who intend [...]

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Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marc Garneau requested formal negotiations Thursday with the UN General Assembly to hold the Assad regime accountable for its atrocities in the 2011 Syrian civil war. The negotiations would be held on the grounds of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT). [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled 5-3 Thursday that undocumented immigrants bear the burden of showing that they have not been convicted of a crime involving “moral turpitude,” or they will face lawful removal. Clemente Pereida, is being deported under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) of 1952. He has lived in the US for more [...]

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Online news portal Malaysiakini was found guilty of contempt on Friday by the Federal Court of Malaysia on charges related to incendiary comments posted by readers which criticized several cordon sanitaire decisions by Malaysian judges. The charges were initiated by Attorney General Idrus Harun. His rationale behind the application was that the comments implied that the [...]

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Several Malian individuals have sued seven American chocolate companies for abetting and supporting illegal child labor in Côte D’Ivoire. The plaintiffs are former child slaves who were trafficked from Mali to harvest cocoa beans in Côte D’Ivoire. They escaped the plantation and returned to Mali. As laborers, the children are not paid and are constantly subjected to physical [...]

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The International Court of Justice Friday maintained its jurisdiction after the United States contested its authority to oversee a recent lawsuit against the US government for withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal. The US imposed several sanctions on Iran after withdrawing from the agreement in May [...]

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The Central Criminal Court of England and Wales Friday sentenced seven persons to a total of 92 years in prison after their failed smuggling attempt resulted in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants. The migrants were shipped from Vietnam to the UK in a sealed refrigeration container, but oxygen levels depleted and the temperature rose to [...]

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador signed new rules on Tuesday detailing the production and research of medicinal marijuana, essentially legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. The rules will also legalize and oversee the cultivation of marijuana on Mexican soil for medical purposes. The new regulations primarily target pharmaceutical companies that are intending to sell and [...]

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The State Council of the People’s Republic of China has approved rules established by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) to help Chinese companies and citizens uphold their legal trade rights in a foreign land. The rules will apply whenever a Chinese entity is prevented from exercising its trade or economic activities in a foreign [...]

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