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The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada declined to move election day despite requests from the Orthodox Jewish Community. Section 56.1 of the Canada Elections Act stipulates that general elections are to be held on the third Monday of October of the fourth year since the last general election. The Chief Electoral Officer has broad discretion [...]

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Huang Qi, a Chinese journalist and “cyber-dissident,” was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison for illegally disclosing and providing state secrets abroad. Huang Qi is the founder of 64 Tianwang, a Chinese news site that has reported frequently on protests and human rights abuses by the People’s Republic of China. His site has displayed [...]

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US President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Monday granting permanent reauthorization of the September 11 Victims Compensation fund. The original fund was set to expire in 2020, but the administrator of the fund announced in February that the fund had limited remaining resources and would be required to significantly reduce its awards. This [...]

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The US Supreme Court has granted the Trump administration’s application for stay of injunctions that would freeze $2.5 billion of Department of Defense (DOD) funds the administration planned to use for construction of the border wall. President Donald Trump has been battling Congress for funds to use in constructing a border wall along the southern [...]

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Court of Federal Claims Senior Judge Eric Bruggink granted cross-motions for summary judgment on Friday to allow the Pentagon to move forward with its new purchase of a “War Cloud” from a major cloud services provider. Oracle has long accused the Pentagon of bias and conflicts of interest in the design of the Joint Enterprise [...]

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The pension reform bill passed by the Chamber of Deputies of the National Congress of Brazil last week will reportedly be delayed possibly as late as August. Pension reform has been a key issue for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro since taking office last year. Currently, many Brazilians retire in their mid-50s having contributed to the [...]

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UN Special Representative on disaster risk reduction Mami Mizutori spoke with The Guardian Sunday to warn that climate disasters are now occurring at a rate of one per week. Mizutori claims that while large scale cyclones and droughts may get the headlines, lower impact events may actually be leading to more death and displacement. Mizutori [...]

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Wall Street billionaire Jeffrey Epstein entered a not guilty plea to new sex trafficking charges brought against him in the Southern District of New York Monday. Epstein was arrested Saturday on charges pursuant to a new grand jury indictment, which contained one count of sex trafficking conspiracy and one count of sex trafficking. The indictment [...]

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The spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres said Friday that the Secretary-General is encouraged by the agreement between the Forces of Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council in Sudan. The agreement was brokered by the African Union and Ethiopia to bring peace and stability to the country. Sudan has been in upheaval since [...]

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