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The Commonwealth of Australia Friday filed adeclarations of intervention in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) case of Ukraine v. Russian Federation. The Kingdom of Spain filed a declaration of intervention on Thursday. Under Article 63 of the Statute of the Court, states may intervene in the proceedings if the outcome will bind them. Article 62 of the [...]

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The European Commission Thursday referred Malta to the Court of Justice for the European Union for its investor citizenship scheme. Under the Maltese Citizenship Act, persons redering “exceptional services” may receive citizenship. According to the European Commission, Malta essentially provides provides the full benefits of European Union citizenship and “golden passport” in exchange for capital [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Thursday unsealed the indicted of four individuals for sanctions evasion, obstruction of justice and making false statements to Homeland Security. Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska faces one count of conspiring to violate sanctions. His partner Ekaterina Voronina faces one count of making false statements to federal agents. Deripaska’s business associate [...]

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The Supreme Court of India (SCI) Thursday delivered a landmark judgement on the right to safe and legal abortion, ruling that unmarried women are entitled to seek an abortion. Justices DY Chandrachud, AS Bopanna and JB Pardiwala further ruled that the exclusion of unmarried women who conceive in live-in relationships from the Medical Termination of [...]

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Russia Thursday announced plans for a formal signing ceremony at the Kremlin to accept the results of recent referenda in the four regions to join Russia. The referenda have been called a “sham” by the US and “illegal” by the EU. Russia will also send defense forces and more than three billion rubles to the [...]

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Six US states Thursday sued President Joe Biden over his recently proposed federal student loan forgiveness plan. The state attorneys generals of Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Carolina alleged in a federal Missouri court that Biden’s federal student loan forgiveness plan is unauthorized and poses economic harm to working class individuals. The thrust [...]

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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Thursday demanded a stay of execution for Zahra Sedighi-Hamadani and Elham Choubdar. In August, the Islamic Revolution Court of Urumieh charged Sedighi-Hamadani and Choubdar with “corruption on earth” for allegedly promoting homosexuality and sentenced both women to death. Sedighi-Hamadani was arrested and arbitrarily detained [...]

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The trial of Félicien Kabuga, one of the alleged financiers and masterminds of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Thursday began at The Hague. Kabuga faces charges of genocide, direct public incitement to commit genocide and murder as crimes against humanity. Kabuga was one of the financiers of the Rwandan media outlet Radio Télévision Libre des Mille [...]

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Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly member Pádraig Delargy Wednesday released a statement criticizing administrative delays in the recent prosecution of alleged Bloody Sunday perpetrator “Soldier F.” Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service (PPS) announced a new trial would begin on Tuesday against Soldier F. On January 30, 1972, in Derry, Northern Ireland, 26 unarmed civilians were shot [...]

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India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Wednesday banned the organisation Popular Front of India (PFI) for undertaking “unlawful activities” which are “prejudicial to the integrity, sovereignty and security of the country” and for its alleged connection to the organisations. Under Section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA), PFI is banned for five [...]

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