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The US Supreme Court heard oral argument in two cases Tuesday. CITGO Asphalt Refining Co. v. Frescati Shipping Co. asks about standards in federal maritime law regarding safe-berth clauses in voyage charter contracts. The respondent argued that safe-berth clauses in these contracts should be construed “as a warranty that the charterer would choose a port [...]

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The Superior Court of Pennsylvania issued an opinion on Wednesday concluding that an adult convicted of a sexual offense that was committed while a juvenile could not be required to register as a sex offender. The adult “pleaded guilty to two counts of Indecent Assault of a person less than thirteen years of age” in [...]

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The UN human rights expert on Myanmar called Wednesday for action against human rights violations in Myanmar. The expert noted that she has not seen “improvement to the situation in Myanmar” and “called for sanctions against military-run companies and commanders responsible for serious violations.” The expert also called on the UN Security Council to bring [...]

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The US House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday aimed at preventing animal cruelty. The bill, known as the “Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act” or the “PACT Act,” is particularly aimed at preventing and punishing animal crushing by making it illegal for people to crush animals. It is also makes it illegal for people [...]

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The US House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday aimed at promoting corporate transparency. The bill, known as the “Corporate Transparency Act of 2019,” would require people who form “corporations and limited liability companies” to provide information about their identity, including their full name, date of birth, current street address and some sort of identifying [...]

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A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights warned Tuesday that Turkey may be held responsible for executions and civilian casualties that have occurred as a part of the Turkish military offensive in northern Syria. Spokesperson Rupert Colville stated that their office has received reports detailing civilian casualties as well [...]

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Amnesty International called Wednesday for Turkish and Kurdish forces to respect international humanitarian law in Syria. The statement came after “ Turkish government spokesman said on Wednesday that the USA had given them the green light to carry out a military offensive against Kurdish forces.” Amnesty called for both Turkish and Kurdish forces to respect [...]

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US President Donald Trump’s legal counsel sent a letter to House Democrats Tuesday saying that the president will not participate in the ongoing impeachment inquiry. The letter states that the impeachment inquiry is “constitutionally invalid and a violation of due process.” The letter also states that the inquiry was started without a House vote and [...]

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