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The US Supreme Court announced Thursday that it will hear a controversial election case which deals with an emerging legal theory based on the elections clause of the US Constitution. The theory claims that under the elections clause, state legislatures have unchecked power to determine election policy and implementation, and that power cannot be checked [...]

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International Criminal Court’s Pre-Trial Chamber I (ICC) Thursday issued arrest warrants for three individuals for allegedly committing war crimes during the Russia-Georgia war in 2008. Russian nationals Mikhail Mayramovich Mindzaev and Gamlet Guchmazov, along with Georgian national David Georgiyevich Sanakoev are charged with various war crimes. The charges include illegal detention, torture and inhuman treatment, hostage-taking, [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a 5-4 decision that US President Joe Biden can end former President Donald Trump’s Migration Protection Protocols (MPP) policy, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy. This overturns a US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruling that kept the MPP policy in place. The MPP, [...]

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Indonesia’s People’s Representative Council Thursday passed legislation to establish three new provinces in the Papua region. The decision came during the 26th plenary session when all the members unanimously agreed to approve three bills that established the new provinces. Presently Indonesia’s easternmost region is divided into two regions, Papua and West Papua. However, now it will [...]

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The Department of Justice said Wednesday that Lev Parnas, a businessman involved in the Trump-Ukraine affair, was sentenced to 20 months in prison on multiple charges relating to soliciting donations from a foreign national. Parnas was convicted on charges of “conspiring to make political contributions by a foreign national along with solicitation and aiding and [...]

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The US Supreme Court Thursday ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not have the authority under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to enforce proposed power plant emission limitations in West Virginia v. EPA. The majority relied on the Major Questions Doctrine, a doctrine that has never been used in a Supreme [...]

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Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson on Thursday became the first Black woman to serve on the US Supreme Court Justice. Justice Jackson took two oaths of office: the constitutional oath and the judicial oath. The constitutional oath was delivered by Chief Justice John Roberts and the judicial oath was delivered by former Justice Stephen Breyer, who [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Thursday urged Russia to keep two British members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (UAF) who were sentenced to death in the largely unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) alive and to ensure that their conditions of detention are “appropriate.” The court granted urgent measures in the case after [...]

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Colombia’s Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition (Truth Commission) Wednesday presented its final report on the prolonged Colombia conflict, reporting that approximately 450,664 people were killed over a period of nearly six decades.  The Truth Commission was constituted by a peace agreement (2016) between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces [...]

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A coalition of ten environmental groups Wednesday sued the US Department of the Interior (DOI) and its Bureau of Land Management for resuming auctions to lease public lands with oil and gas reserves in eight western states. The environmental groups claim the auctions violate two laws and are incompatible with President Joe Biden’s climate-related promises. [...]

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