The Justice Department announced Monday that it had filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas and the Texas attorney general, challenging the state’s congressional and statehouse redistricting plans. The lawsuit notes that Texas is one of the most diverse states in the nation, in which non-Latino whites make up less than 40 percent of [...]

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Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was convicted Monday of incitement and breaking COVID-19 rules by the military junta which has seized control of the country. Suu Kyi was arrested by members of the Tatmadaw, the Myanmar military, when it staged a coup on February 1 and has since been held in detention. The [...]

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More than 60 civil society organizations Thursday called upon the United Nations to create an independent panel to investigate and report on violations of international law committed in Yemen. The groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, noted that until October of this year, the UN Human Rights Council’s Group of Eminent Experts (GEE) [...]

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The head of the United Nations team investigating Islamic State crimes in Iraq Thursday delivered his report to the Security Council, accusing Islamic State (IS) actors of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity. Christian Ritscher, Special Adviser and Head of the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by the Da’esh/Islamic State [...]

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A federal district court in Missouri Monday issued a preliminary injunction halting the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for health care workers in 10 states. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an interim final rule on November 5 revising the requirements Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers have to meet in order to continue to [...]

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A jury Friday found 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty of murder in connection with a shooting last year during a night of protests related to the Black Lives Matter movement in which Rittenhouse killed two people and injured a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The protests had followed the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man shot [...]

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A bipartisan group of U.S. senators Thursday introduced a joint resolution to block a White House agreement to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia. The group includes Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and the resolution aims to stop the sale of 280 medium-range air-to-air missiles, 596 missile launchers, and other weapons, [...]

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In a coordinated action, the United States and the United Kingdom imposed sanctions Monday on several high-ranking Nicaraguan officials in response to that nation’s November 7 presidential election, widely regarded as a sham election. The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued an announcement that it was imposing sanctions on the Public Ministry of Nicaragua, [...]

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The United States government Friday imposed sanctions on four Eritrean entities and two individuals in connection with the increasingly dire humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia due to the ongoing military conflict. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a statement condemning Eritrean interference in the Ethiopian fighting. President Biden signed an executive order [...]

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The North Dakota House of Representatives Thursday passed a bill that would ban state-level government-ordered COVID vaccine mandates. The bill would not apply to jails, state hospitals, or higher education institutions but to all other state entities. The bill would prohibit those entities from requiring proof of vaccination, proof of the presence of COVID antibodies, [...]

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