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The US Fourth Circuit held on Thursday that France is immune from US trademark infringement claims brought by the former owner of “France.com.” Circuit Judge Diana Gribbon Motz, joined by Judges Henry Floyd and Allison Jones Rushing, said the French government did not engage in commercial activity that would negate its sovereign immunity when it [...]

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The New Zealand Parliament passed the Holidays (Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage) Amendment Bill (No 2) on Wednesday, providing three days bereavement leave for mothers and partners after a miscarriage or stillbirth. The bill was presented by Labour MP Ginny Anderson who highlighted the importance of providing time to recover physically and mentally recover from grief [...]

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The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights agreed Thursday to conduct a joint investigation into human rights violations and abuses allegedly committed by all parties involved in the ongoing conflict in Tigray, the northernmost region of Ethiopia. The conflict in Tigray started on November 4 [...]

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The Court of Appeal for England and Wales overturned the convictions of a group of trade unionists called the Shrewsbury 24 on Tuesday after almost 50 years. The Shrewsbury 24 were a group of trade unionists that included actor Ricky Tomlinson who were involved in the first national building workers’ strike in September 1972 against [...]

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Turkish security forces arrested 203 soldiers Tuesday in nationwide raids targeting military personnel accused of links to an exiled Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gülen, whom Ankara claims was behind a 2016 coup attempt. The 2016 coup attempt was a failed bid by rogue soldiers who had commandeered warplanes, helicopters and tanks to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government. This led to [...]

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The UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution to promote reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. The resolution, which was drafted in response to a damning UN report released in January, stresses the importance of an accountability process for parties who engage in violence and human rights abuses, naming the Liberation [...]

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A Pakistan court Tuesday sentenced two men to death for the gang rape of a woman on the side of a highway last year. The pair were convicted of gang rape, kidnapping, robbery and terrorism offences. The woman was attacked in front of her two children in September after her vehicle ran out of fuel. [...]

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The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Monday issued sanctions against two individuals and two entities associated with the Myanmar military. The sanctions are in response to the Burmese military’s ongoing crackdown against protestors in the wake of the military’s coup in January. In a statement, OFAC Director Andrea M. Gacki said, [...]

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An American citizen was arrested early Sunday morning in Fort Portal, Uganda, on charges of alleged ‘subversion against the government.’ Guy Smith, originally from the state of Kentucky, has been living in Uganda for nearly 20 years. He is married to Ugandan citizen Sharon Tusiime, and the couple has two young children. Although Tusiime was [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) said that Mun Chol Myong, an accused North Korean intelligence operative, appeared in Washington, DC, federal court on Monday, following extradition from Malaysia on money laundering charges. Mun is the first North Korean national to be extradited to the US to stand trial for violations of US law. The [...]

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