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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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Iran on Tuesday announced indictments against 10 individuals it says were involved in the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January 2020. Iran had been on high military alert at the time of the downing of the aircraft. Just days before Iran had launched missile attacks against targets in Iraq, including bases housing [...]

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Sudan’s Council of Ministers on Tuesday approved a bill to cancel a 1958 law mandating a boycott of the nation of Israel. The 1958 law forbade diplomatic and business relations with Israel, with penalties including up to 10 years in jail and large fines for violators. Last October the two nations agreed to normalize relations [...]

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XTO Energy, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, sued Energy Transfer LLC on Monday in a Texas state court for breach of contract involving disputed fines related to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The lawsuit claims that Energy Transfer pipeline operators charged XTO unnecessary fines and revoked production volume credits when a series of events outside [...]

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Arkansas legislators voted on Tuesday to pass a bill that will ban transgender minors from receiving gender-confirming treatments within the state, overcoming the governor’s veto. The Arkansas bill is the first such law to pass in the US. House Bill 1570, otherwise known as the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act, prevents Arkansas physicians from [...]

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Texas and Louisiana filed suit against the federal government Tuesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, alleging that immigration authorities declined to take custody of convicted individuals who could be subject to deportation. According to the lawsuit, the government’s action violates federal law and the US Constitution. In Texas, when [...]

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Harvey Weinstein on Monday appealed his sexual assault conviction, asking the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division to throw out his conviction and grant a new trial. Weinstein was sentenced in March 2020 to 23 years in prison for assaulting a former production assistant and for raping another woman. Weinstein has also faced other allegations [...]

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A class action lawsuit was filed Monday in the Western District of New York accusing the Rochester Police Department (RPD) of racist practices and a “pattern … of using excessive force.” Plaintiffs include residents of the city of Rochester, New York, who have been subjected to excessive force by the RPD within the last year, [...]

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Tuesday issued an administrative order directing the chief equity officer to “mitigate the impact of new voting restrictions imposed by Senate Bill 202” on Atlanta residents. This is the latest action in a growing response to what President Joe Biden called “Jim Crow in the 21st century.” SB 202, [...]

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