Hungary and Poland vetoed the EU budget and COVID-19 recovery package Monday in objection to a rule of law clause. The leaders of Hungary and Poland took issue with a provision that would tie the funds to respect for democratic norms. Another provision would allow a qualified majority of EU governments to impose sanctions on [...]

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The first person charged under the controversial security law imposed on Hong Kong by China earlier this year entered a not guilty plea Monday. Tong Ying-kit, 24, has been charged with inciting secession and engaging in terrorist activities for his actions during protests on July 1. According to reports, he drove a motorcycle into a group of [...]

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Switzerland’s Federal Council approved a law amending the Swiss tax code Wednesday. The law was adopted by the Swiss Parliament last June. The Federal Act on the Tax Treatment of Financial Sanctions (FATTFS) implements several changes recommended by the OECD’s Financial Action Task Force on money laundering. Under the changes, bribes paid to private individuals [...]

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The Supreme Court of Guinea confirmed Saturday that Alpha Condé won a third term as president. Condé’s rivals had raised allegations of voter fraud, which the court rejected. Condé’s victory comes after a highly contested election. According to official results, he received 59.5 percent of the vote, with an estimated 78.88 percent voter turnout. Cellou Dalein [...]

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Election-related lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign in Georgia and Michigan were dismissed Thursday, while a third in Pennsylvania was successful. The lawsuits in Georgia and Michigan alleged that election officials had allowed ballot fraud, but provided no evidence to support the accusations. In Georgia, the campaign attempted to have 53 ballots from Chatham County dismissed [...]

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Hong Kong authorities arrested seven prominent opposition politicians Sunday, and an eighth Monday. The charges arise from an incident during a legislative council meeting in May. The politicians arrested are Wu Chi-wai, Andrew Wan, Helena Wong, Fernando Cheung, and Ted Hui, all pro-democracy lawmakers, in addition to Kwok Wing-kin, chairman of the Labour Party, and former [...]

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Algerian voters approved major amendments to the country’s constitution Sunday. The referendum took place on the anniversary of the start of Algeria’s war for independence from France in 1954. Capitalizing on the timing, one campaign slogan said “November 1954: Liberation. November 2020: Change.” The National Independent Elections Authority (ANIE) announced on Monday that the revised [...]

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan filed a criminal complaint against Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders with Turkish authorities Tuesday. In his complaint, Erdoğan alleges that Wilders insulted him on social media. Since assuming office in 2014, Erdoğan has consistently sued people over alleged insults, and thousands have been convicted. In Turkey, insulting the president carries a [...]

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The State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, approved on Wednesday a bill prioritizing national law in cases in which international treaties or rulings by international bodies conflict with the constitution. The bill still needs to pass the upper house of parliament, but is expected to do so unchallenged. President Vladimir Putin proposed the bill, [...]

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Lord Iain Bonomy, a judge for the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals that is handling the remaining business of the former international criminal courts for Yugoslavia and Rwanda, approved the transfer of Félicien Kabuga to The Hague Wednesday. Arrested in May in Paris after two decades as a fugitive, Kabuga is suspected of financially supporting the [...]

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