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Voters in Kyrgyzstan approved an expansion of president Sadyr Japarov’s powers in a referendum that took place on Sunday. The referendum addressed constitutional amendments proposed by Japarov that would increase presidential powers, create an assembly controlled by the president, and reduce the size of the parliament from 180 members to 90. Japarov, who last year [...]

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New Zealand announced a unique new youth justice residence on Sunday. The residence, called Whakatakapokai, has been designed by both the iwi Waikato-Tainui and the government. Whakatakapokai aims to support rangatahi (young persons) and reduce recidivism rates among rangatahi. Minister for Children Kelvin Davis stated that Whakatakapokai will “provide prevention, healing, and rehabilitation services for [...]

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Aung San Suu Kyi, the overthrown democratically elected State Counselor of Myanmar, was charged with a sixth criminal offense on Monday. The charge comes amidst a military coup d’état in the country. Lawyer Min Min Soe reportedly told AFP that Suu Kyi has been charged under section 25 of the Natural Disaster Management Law (The [...]

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The EU announced Monday that it had sanctioned Iranian militia commanders, police chiefs, and three prisons due to their violent response to November 2019 demonstrations. A series of nationwide protests in Iran over high fuel prices led to calls for the overthrow of the government. During these protests, Iranian forces allegedly used “widespread and disproportionate” force, [...]

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A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a petition by Guantanamo detainee Nashwan al-Tamir to dismiss the charges against him and disqualify the judge presiding over his case over conflicts of interest. Al-Tamir was apprehended in 2006 in Turkey, taken to a CIA black site and tortured for six months, and then held at Guantanamo [...]

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China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) fined Alibaba 18 billion yuan, or approximately 4 percent of the company’s 2019 revenues Friday, after a months-long investigation. This fine, the largest in the history of Chinese antitrust law, follows the unexpected interruption of Ant Group’s IPO in November. Ant Group is an affiliate company of Alibaba. [...]

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Kenya’s high court issued a 30-day stay order Thursday suspending a move by the government to close the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps housing hundreds of thousands of refugees from war-torn neighboring countries such as Somalia. The case arose after Kenya’s Interior Minster Fred Matiang’i announced the government’s desire to close the Dadaab and Kakuma camps. Matiang’i’s [...]

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The Pre-Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has delivered a split decision in the appeal against co-investigating judges’ conflicting closing orders in the case of former Khmer Rouge navy commander Meas Muth. Muth, who was charged by the ECCC in absentia on March 3, 2015, is believed to have [...]

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Thursday that his government will end exemptions for judges and politicians from sexual harassment laws. The announcement comes in response to nationwide protests against sexual violence, prompted by allegations of rapes committed by high level politicians, including an allegation against attorney general Christian Porter. Early last year Australia’s [...]

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