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The Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court in China sentenced real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang Tuesday to 18 years imprisonment for corruption charges. This sentence followed a secretive trial, during which Ren was found guilty of corruption, bribery and embezzlement of public funds. Ren allegedly accepted bribes of 1.25 million yuan, and he also allegedly [...]

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The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that cities can restrict short-term housing rentals. Under the Housing Code, change of use of residential premises in municipalities with more than 200,000 inhabitants requires authorization. The practice of renting out one’s apartment repeatedly constitutes a change of use. This is particularly an issue with Airbnb landlords, who [...]

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Amnesty International reported Monday that authorities in Venezuela, El Salvador and Paraguay have held tens of thousands of people in inadequate state-run quarantine centers. The report deemed the facilities to be a “form of repression.” Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March, detention centers in Venezuela, El Salvador and Paraguay have held thousands of people [...]

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The US House of Representatives unanimously passed the Savanna Act Monday, a bill designed to “direct the Attorney General to review, revise, and develop law enforcement and justice protocols appropriate to address missing and murdered Indians.” The bill requires that federal, state, local and tribal police create protocols to address missing and murdered Indigenous people. [...]

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The US House of Representatives voted Monday in favor of legislation that would amend the 1945 McCarran-Ferguson Act and restore the ability of the federal government to charge health insurers under antitrust laws. This bill, HR 1418, is part of the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2019, which was cosponsored by dozens of Democrats [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a statement of interest in the US District Court for the District of New Mexico on Monday alleging that a rule imposing more strict COVID-19 capacity requirements on private schools than public schools violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. New Mexico’s COVID-19 rules limit public school [...]

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A five-member panel of the Specialized Criminal Court sentenced two men of Lebanese descent to life imprisonment without parole on Monday over the 2012 Sarafovo airport bus bombing that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian driver. Meliad Farah, an Australian citizen, and Hassan El Hajj Hassan, a Canadian citizen, were tried in their absence [...]

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The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee took emergency diploma privileges under consideration on Monday. If enacted, the bill would admit law students who graduate during the COVID-19 pandemic admission to the Pennsylvania Bar. Any individual seeking admission must meet three eligibility requirements. They must have graduated law school or be otherwise eligible to take the bar [...]

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US Attorney General William Barr labeled New York City, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, “anarchy” jurisdictions in a press release on Monday. The move will give the federal government the ability to deny federal funding to those jurisdictions. In the press release, Barr cited increases in violence correlated with the protests for racial justice that began [...]

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan filed a criminal complaint against staff at the right-wing Greek newspaper Dimokratia Monday over the publication of an offensive headline. Erdoğan filed the complaint after Dimokratia published a picture of Erdoğan with the headline “Siktir Git Mr. Erdogan,” which translates to “F*** off Mr. Erdogan.” The headline included both the [...]

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