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A Myanmar court Monday sentenced former State Counsellor and democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi to an additional six years in prison after she was found guilty of corruption charges, according to state media. Suu Kyi was arrested in February 2021 after a military coup and has been subsequently convicted of various offenses on three [...]

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Russian state news agency TASS Monday announced that Brittney Griner has appealed her controversial nine-year prison sentence. Griner was arrested in February at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow while attempting to enter the country with vape cartridges containing a small amount of cannabis oil. Griner pled guilty to drug possession and smuggling charges on July 7. [...]

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The Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (STM) Monday announced it has suspended plans to amend the Act on Equality between Women and Men (Equality Act) to further decrease the gender pay gap in the nation. Minister for Gender Equality Thomas Blomqvist said parties simply could not agree on the bill’s content, and the [...]

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UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan Richard Bennett and Amnesty International Saturday condemned the Taliban’s crackdown on the women’s rights protest in Kabul that day. Around 40 female protesters marched in front of the Afghan Ministry of Education to mark the one-year anniversary of the Taliban’s takeover of the country. The protesters [...]

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Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder Friday sued the German Bundestag for stripping his office space privileges. Schröder’s lawyers Michael Nagel and Ralph Heiermann said that they filed suit on behalf of Schröder at the Berlin Administrative Court but did not release more details. The Bundestag removed Schröder’s right to office space in May when it [...]

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A spokeswoman for the European Commission (EC) Thursday told a press briefing that Poland will only receive money under the Poland Recovery and Resilience Plan if Poland submits a payment request, which must be approved by the EC, and meets a list of milestones and targets, including greater judicial independence. The EC’s comments come two [...]

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The lower house of the Indian parliament Monday passed a bill establishing a central scheme for the purchase and sale of carbon credits. The bill also promotes clean energy by obligating certain large consumers of electricity to use renewable energy and conserve energy. The Energy Conservation (Amendment) Act seeks to amend the two-decade-old Energy Conservation [...]

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Nicholas Haysom, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan and Head of the UN Mission to South Sudan (UMISS), Wednesday condemned the recent extrajudicial killings of four officers from the rebel South Sudan People’s Movement/Army (SSPM/A) in Mayom County, Unity State, South Sudan. The killings were shared on social media Haysom stated “Anyone who [...]

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Wednesday lifted an American civil rights lawyer’s prison sentence. Asim Ghafoor was previously convicted of money laundering and sentenced to 3 years in prison. The conviction will be upheld, and Ghafoor will be required to pay 5 million dirham ($1.36 million) according to the statement. The prison sentence’s lifting was [...]

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Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov claimed Tuesday that “provocation” led Russia to halt US inspections of Russian nuclear facilities under the 2011 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). New START, to which the US and Russia are parties, limits the number of nuclear arms each country can have and allows for inspections by [...]

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