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French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne Saturday expressed the French government’s support for a bill to add abortion rights to France’s constitution for future generations. Borne wrote that this right must be written in the constitution on behalf of all women and for human rights. Marie-Pierre Rixain, a member of parliament who co-tabled the bill, wrote on social [...]

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The US Supreme Court Friday released its opinion in Becerra v. Empire Health Foundation, a case relating to Medicare reimbursement. The court held that “calculating the Medicare fraction, individuals ‘entitled to   benefits’ are all those qualifying for the program, regardless of whether they receive Medicare payments for part or all of a hospital stay.” In the [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Friday granted Juul Labs, Inc.’s emergency motion for a temporary administrative stay and thus put a hold on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ban on Juul e-cigarette sales. On Thursday, the FDA denied Juul marketing authorization due to potential health risks. Juul petitioned the [...]

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The US Department of Defense Friday announced the release of Asadullah Haroon Gul, an Afghan national who had been held for 15 years without charge in the Guantánamo Bay detention camp. Gul was incarcerated in Guantánamo Bay in 2007 on accusations of being a member of Al-Qaeda and Hezb-e-Islami (HIA), an insurgent group that fought [...]

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The Supreme Court of India Friday dismissed an appeal filed by Zakia Jafri alleging a “larger conspiracy” by then-Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi and 62 other senior state officials in connection with state riots in 2002. Jafri is the widow of Ehsan Jafri, a Congress party MP who was killed in the riots. The [...]

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The Supreme Court of Texas Friday ruled to uphold a state ban that “prohibits the processing and manufacturing of smokable hemp products.” Four hemp companies argued that this state ban was unconstitutional, based on article 1, section 19 of the Texas Constitution, which states that “o citizen of this State shall be deprived of life, [...]

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US President Joe Biden Saturday signed into law S.2938, a gun bill intended to limit who can purchase firearms and make mental health investments throughout the US. The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act passed the House Friday after receiving Senate approval Thursday. The bill was introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) last October. The bill amends [...]

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Abortion policy is now in the hands of the states following the US Supreme Court’s Friday decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. President Joe Biden has directed the Department of Health and Human Services to take steps to make sure abortion and contraception [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Friday ruled that a copper mining project did not violate local Apache American Indians’ First Amendment religious rights. A 2014 Congress act requires the US secretary of agriculture to give mining company Rio Tinto land called Oak Flat, which is to Apache American Indians a sacred site. In [...]

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The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Friday stated that he had sought authorization from the ICC to resume investigating the Philippine government’s “war on drugs” as quickly as possible. In September last year, the ICC authorized the prosecutor’s office to investigate the Philippines’ alleged crimes against humanity committed between November 2011 and March 2019. The [...]

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