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Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides announced on Saturday that the Mediterranean country had suspended processing asylum applications from Syrian nationals. In a post on X (formerly known as Twitter), Christodoulides announced that the decision was made “in light of recent mass arrival of Syrian political asylum seekers by sea” to Cyprus. According to UNHCR Cyprus, the [...]

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The US Department of State decided on Friday to prevent former President of Suriname Desi Bouterse and six former Surinamese military officials from entering the US because they were involved in the “extrajudicial killings of political opponents during the December Murders of 1982.” According to a statement published by the State Department, Desi Bouterse, six [...]

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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urged the Italian government on Friday to amend their planned reforms to defamation legislation to comply with European and international law. This comes days after amendments to this proposed legislation were revealed to include a potential ban on working as a journalist as well as increased fines. RSF heavily criticized the [...]

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The Southwark Crown Court in London sentenced on Friday former Ministry of Defence (MoD) official Jeffrey Cook to 30 months imprisonment for misconduct in public office between 2004 and 2008. Cook was also Managing Director of GPT Special Project Management Limited (GPT), an Airbus subsidiary. He was convicted of the misconduct charge in March, when [...]

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A district court in Minsk sentenced a dissident Belarusian rock band to two and a half years of correctional labour on Friday after being convicted of active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order, according to human rights group Mayday Team. The band has been behind bars since their arrest in January. The three [...]

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Haiti’s government officially established a nine-member transitional presidential council on Friday, aiming to restore security in the gang-afflicted Caribbean nation. This development marks a crucial step towards addressing Haiti’s security crisis. The creation of the council comes amidst escalating gang violence, prompting mass displacements and severe shortages of essential goods. A report released by a [...]

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The National Court of Justice of Ecuador decided on Friday that former vice president Jorge Glas must remain in jail despite denouncing his arrest at the Mexican Embassy as illegal. The habeas corpus petition filed to request his release stemmed from his detention during the raid at the Mexican Embassy last week and followed a [...]

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The Berlin Police interrupted a pro-Palestinian event Friday and issued a ban to prevent the group from meeting again on Saturday or Sunday after the group allowed someone to speak who had been previously banned from political activities for allegedly making anti-semitic remarks. The speaker in question, Salman Abu Sitta, had been issued a “ban [...]

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The German parliament, the Bundestag, passed contentious legislation on Friday authorizing the issuance of payment cards to asylum seekers and refugees for the distribution of state benefits. The nationwide legal framework was approved following a conference between Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the state prime ministers in November last year, during which 14 out of the [...]

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Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, passed the Self-Determination Act on Friday, allowing transgender and non-binary citizens to modify the gender marker on their legal documents through self-identification. The Transsexuals Act is the German law that is currently in place to govern the legal requirements for modifying gender identity on legal documentation. Section 8 of the act [...]

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