The US Supreme Court on Friday granted a petition to put restrictions on in-home bible study and prayer meetings on hold. The plaintiffs sought an injunction last December against a California restriction on the allowable size for indoor gatherings. The restrictions were instituted last year to slow the spread of COVID-19. After a judge for [...]

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Agnes Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International, accused Vladimir Putin Wednesday of subjecting Alexei Navalny to a slow death through torture and inhumane detention conditions. Navalny, Putin’s most prominent critic, was poisoned in August 2020, the consequences of which Callamard alleges may be exacerbating his condition. Since his imprisonment earlier this year, reports indicate Navalny [...]

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The Attorneys Generals (AGs) of Tennessee and Kentucky filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging part of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan. In their complaint, the AGs allege that an aspect of the plan that “prohibits any State acceding federal financial assistance under the Act from lowering the tax burden on its citizens for the next [...]

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A New York judge on Monday ordered the state to offer vaccines to prisoners. The order instructs New York to amend COVID-19 vaccine priority category 1b to include incarcerated individuals as a whole group. Previously only incarcerated individuals who were over 65 years old or had certain medical conditions could receive the vaccine. As determined [...]

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The US Southern District Court of New York convicted Geovanny Fuentes Ramirez, a Honduran national, of drug trafficking on Monday. Fuentes Ramirez was convicted on cocaine-importation and two weapons charges. Fuentes Ramirez will be formally sentenced on June 22, 2021. Conspiracy to transport cocaine carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years. The two [...]

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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced the implementation of personal sanctions on former president Viktor Yanukovych and 26 others on Friday. The sanctions will bar the 27 individuals from accessing assets and property within Ukraine and withdrawing money from Ukrainian bank accounts, among other penalties. Zelenskyy also called on Europe and the UK to impose sanctions. [...]

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The European Commission referred the UK to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Friday over failing to recover illegal state aid received by corporations in Gibraltar. In 2012, Spain raised concerns about unfair taxation practices by Gibraltar. The following year, the Commission launched an investigation into the allegations. Shortly afterwards, the UK submitted an [...]

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The government of Sudan formally requested assistance Monday from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, current African Union chairman, the US and the EU in settling a dispute over a dam on the Nile River. Egypt has expressed support for the proposal. The dam in question, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), is currently under [...]

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Portugal’s Constitutional Court ruled Monday that legislation that would permit physician assisted death is unconstitutional. The bill limited physician-assisted dying to terminally ill patients in severe pain, who are judged to be mentally healthy enough to understand what they were asking. In addition to legalizing physician-assisted dying, the bill removed criminal penalties physicians would have [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia granted an injunction Friday preventing the Department of Defense (DOD) from enforcing restrictions against Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi. Earlier this year, the DOD designated Xiaomi a “Communist Chinese Military Company” (CCMC) pursuant to Section 1237 of the Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal [...]

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