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Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and three others pleaded guilty on Friday to charges related to their participation in last year’s June 4 vigil commemorating the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Wong, a prominent pro-democracy activist, is already serving a sentence of 17 months in prison, having been sentenced to 13 months imprisonment for organizing [...]

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The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) on Friday held that police officers cannot sue Crown prosecutors over actions they claim damaged their reputation. In an 8-1 decision, the SCC found that the police cannot sue Crown prosecutors for misfeasance, the wrongful exercise of lawful authority. This decision reinforces the mutually independent relationship between the police and [...]

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Greenpeace and other activist groups filed a complaint Thursday with the Paris prosecutor’s office against the CEO of energy giant Total, alleging illegal taking of interests. Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné was appointed to the board of the prestigious science and technology university École Polytechnique in 2018. Greenpeace France, the anti-corruption organization Anticor and La Sphinx, [...]

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The European Commission on Friday announced it has charged Apple and the App Store with antitrust violations in the music-streaming market. In its Statement of Objections, the commission states the company “distorted competition in the music streaming market as it abused its dominant position for the distribution of music streaming apps.” The charge concerns mandatory [...]

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In a preliminary hearing Thursday, prosecutors requested a Rome court to place four Egyptian security officials on trial over their alleged involvement in the murder of Giulio Regeni. Regeni, an Italian PhD student, disappeared and was found dead in Cairo in February 2016. His body showed evidence of significant trauma, and it was suspected that Regeni’s involvement [...]

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Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi addressed my city once again Thursday in regard to City’s Council’s response to our “third wave” of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over a year into this crisis, there is nothing unusual about emotional press conferences held by politicians at all levels throughout Canada, as our management of the pandemic has not gone [...]

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Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court held Thursday that several provisions in the country’s Federal Climate Change Act of 2019 were insufficient and violate freedoms in the Basic Law. The court described the idea of climate change having severe impacts that affect virtually all aspects of human life. The case started in 2019 when farming families from [...]

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The Parliament of Japan (Diet) on Wednesday approved the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade deal at a plenary meeting of the House of Councillors (upper chamber of Diet). The move follows the Japanese Cabinet’s decision to approve the ratification in February. RCEP is touted as one of the world’s largest free trade deals [...]

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Sri Lanka’s cabinet on Tuesday approved the proposal to ban all kinds of face veils, including burqas, in public places due to threats to “national security.” The approval comes a month after the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution “to promote reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.” Based on a UN report [...]

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