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Kyrgyz lawmakers unveiled a new constitution on Tuesday, drawing criticism over the expansion of presidential powers. Shortly after a draft of the document was released, politicians and activists expressed concerns that it would lead to full-blown authoritarianism. Among the many changes, it reduces the size and power of parliament. Any responsibilities taken from parliament were [...]

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The top administrative court in France, the Council of State, gave the French government three months Thursday to show progress towards meeting its climate change commitments under the Paris climate accord. Under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), France and [...]

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Judge Joseph James of the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas ruled Wednesday that mail-in ballots that were received by the November 3 election date but that lacked a written date on the privacy envelope could be counted. The petition against the counting of the ballots was brought by Pennsylvania GOP state Senate candidate Nicole Ziccarelli [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Thursday overturned a lower court decision upholding a securities fraud class action against 3M over its production of “forever chemicals.” The order stems from allegations that 3M, the American corporation best known for products like Post-it Notes, Scotch Tape, and—most recently—N95 respirator masks, deceived potential purchasers [...]

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The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Thursday began a process for developing and issuing regulations governing the hardware and software used in self-driving cars. In issuing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on Automated Driving System (ADS) safety, the NHTSA indicated that even though wide-scale deployment of ADS-equipped vehicles [...]

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US President Donald Trump’s campaign alleged in a new lawsuit filed on Wednesday that poll watchers and observers were unable to “meaningfully observe canvassing and counting of mail-in ballots,” thus undermining “the integrity of the election result” and impinging on Pennsylvania’s constitutional right to a fair and free election. The Pennsylvania Secretary of State and [...]

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The Hong Kong High Court ruled Thursday that the government’s failure to establish an independent mechanism to handle complaints of ill-treatment by police officers breaches the Hong Kong Bill of Rights. The court further held the government has a duty to “establish and maintain” such a mechanism under Article 3 of the Bill of Rights, [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday that they have signed an antitrust memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Korean Prosecution Sevice (KPS). The goal of the MOU is to increase cooperation between the US and South Korea regarding criminal antitrust enforcement and policy in both countries. Korea and the US have close military and [...]

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Peter Debbins, a former US Army Green Beret, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring with Russian operatives in order to provide them with US national defense information. John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security commented on the guilty plea: “Debbins today acknowledged that he violated this country’s highest trust by passing sensitive national security information [...]

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The Pittsburgh Water and Sewage Authority (PWSA) pleaded guilty Wednesday to eight federal charges for violating the Clean Water Act. The charges include one count of violating the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System by discharging sludge into the Allegheny River, one of three major American rivers that meet at Pittsburgh. US Attorney Scott Brady announced [...]

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