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The Supreme Court of Canada Friday ruled that extreme intoxication is a valid defense to criminal charges like murder and rape, overturning section 33.1 of the Criminal Code. The court upheld a lower courts’ ruling in R. v. Sullivan, which also found the extreme intoxication law unconstitutional, and overturned lower courts’ rulings in R. v. Chen [...]

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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Thursday reported more than six million people have fled Ukraine due to the Russian invasion. A total of 6,062,665 Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries like Poland, Romania and Russia. Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, UNHCR has tracked refugee data from Ukraine. The agency uses variety [...]

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The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Thursday passed a resolution to initiate an investigation into possible war crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine. The investigation will be conducted by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry, an independent commission under the UNHRC responsible for coordinating and reporting upon national and international investigations. The commission is [...]

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The Supreme Court of India (SC) Wednesday passed an order to discontinue all pending and future cases in relation to the offence of sedition under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The order provides that all pending trials and proceedings with respect to charges under Section 124A are to be kept in abeyance. [...]

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Sri Lankan security officials were given orders Wednesday to use live ammunition against protesters to prevent “anarchy” amid anti-government protests and an economic crisis in the island nation. Sri Lanka, which is facing its worst economic crisis since the country declared independence from Britain in 1948, has been “rocked” with violence amid supply shortages, a [...]

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The United Kingdom announced Wednesday that it had implemented a visa requirement for Salvadorans seeking to enter the country due to a spike in asylum applications from Salvadoran citizens. Over the past five years an increasing number of Salvadorans have been driven to emigrate due to gang violence and poverty in their home country. Salvadorian [...]

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The Court of Appeal of Alberta Tuesday ruled that Canada’s environmental Impact Assessment Act is unconstitutional. The act required some entities pursuing projects which may cause environmental harm, or harm to indigenous communities, to seek an impact assessment from Canada’s Impact Assessment agency in advance. The court reviewed the act at the request of Alberta’s [...]

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The European Parliament Monday released a report from a year-long conference among EU citizens spelling out 49 proposed changes for the EU. The report calls for greater EU leadership on the world stage and even recommends removing the principle of unanimity, which requires approval from all EU member states to advance certain actions, from EU [...]

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The lone survivor of a 2009 Yemeni airline plane crash Monday attended the opening Yemenia Airways’ trial. In 2009, a Yemenia flight crashed into the Indian Ocean; every passenger, except 12-year-old Bahia Bakari, died. Yemeni is charged criminally with Bakari’s injuries and the death of the 65 other French citizens on board and faces a [...]

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A Paris appeals court Monday upheld former prime minister François Fillon’s conviction for the misuse of public funds. The conviction resulted from a scandal where Fillon paid his wife, Penelope Fillon, over €600,000 for work that she never performed. However, the court decided to shorten Fillon’s initial sentence of five years in prison to four [...]

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