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The New Zealand Supreme Court Monday ruled in favor of lowering the country’s voting age from 18 to 16. The court stated that the voting age requirement of 18 violated the right to freedom from discrimination on the basis of age. Following the court’s decision, the New Zealand Parliament will consider the issue and decide [...]

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The Supreme Court of India has dismissed the National Investigating Agency’s (NIA) application to vacate the order that allowed activist Gautam Navlakha’s shift to house arrest from Taloja prison in Mumbai, where he had been detained in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case since April 2020. On August 28, 2018, Navlakha was arrested by Mumbai [...]

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The LGBTQ Equality Caucus of the US Congress released a statement Sunday condemning the “twin epidemics of hate and gun violence” following a deadly shooting at a queer club in Colorado Springs. Around midnight, a shooter entered Club Q, a “safe haven” for LGBTQ residents of Colorado Springs, killed 5 and wounded more than 25 [...]

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Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, a Norway-based Iranian human rights group, Sunday reported that Iranian forces continue to use lethal force against demonstrators protesting the death of 21-year-old Mahsa Amini. Hengaw follows the nationwide protest developments on the ground with instantaneous reports, photos and videos. A recent video showed Iranian forces opening fire at protesters [...]

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The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 closed Sunday with a breakthrough agreement to establish a loss and damage fund for communities living on the frontlines of climate disasters. This decision follows three decades of climate-based negotiations. The agreement itself notes the “increasing urgency of enhancing efforts to avert, minimize and address loss and damage [...]

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US Attorney General Merrick Garland Friday announced the appointment of a special counsel to oversee two criminal investigations into former President Donald Trump. Former International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Jack Smith will oversee investigations into whether on January 6, 2021, “any person or entity unlawfully interfered with the transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election [...]

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Russia’s Ministry of Defense Friday accused Ukrainian armed forces of executing Russian POWs – a war crime under international law. However, news outlets like Reuters have been unable to verify the claims. Kyiv has not responded to requests for comment. The incident appears in a video circulating on social media that apparently shows Ukrainian servicemen [...]

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Reverand Rob Schenck, a former prominent anti-abortion leader, told Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts that he was informed of the outcome of the 2014 Supreme Court case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby weeks before the decision was disclosed to the public. The New York Times published a letter from Schenck to Roberts on Saturday. In [...]

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The Biden administration Friday filed an application with the US Supreme Court to vacate an injunction preventing the federal student loan forgiveness plan from going into effect. The application is an appeal of the November 15 order by the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit to temporarily suspend the federal student loan forgiveness [...]

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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Jr. Thursday moved to vacate 188 misdemeanor convictions tied to eight New York City Police Department officers. This request represents part of an ongoing review by the DA Office’s Post-Conviction Justice Unit of more than 1,100 cases connected to a list of 22 former NYPD officers. Bragg noted that the [...]

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