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The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in two cases involving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the Social Security Act. The case United States v. Vaello-Madero involves an equal protection challenge, while Babcock v. Saul involves the Social Security Act’s windfall elimination provision. In United States v. Vaello-Madero, the court will address whether Congress violated the [...]

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Amnesty International said Friday that Eritrean soldiers killed hundreds of civilians in the Ethiopian town of Axum between November 28 and 29, 2020. On November 19, Ethiopian and Eritrean military forces took control of Axum. According to Amnesty, the military killed and displaced civilians through indiscriminate shelling and extrajudicial executions in the days following the [...]

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Cuban artists and dissidents presented testimony to the European Parliament Friday claiming violations of human rights by the Cuban government. They testified, based on their own experiences, about the censorship each of them has suffered because of their political beliefs. The event was hosted by MPs Dita Charanzová and Leopoldo López Gil. Members of the [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California approved a $650 million settlement in a biometric privacy class action lawsuit against Facebook. The settlement is one of the largest ever for a privacy lawsuit and represents a major victory for data privacy advocates. The lawsuit originated in 2015 and was filed by [...]

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The Dutch Parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding motion declaring that China’s ongoing detention of Uyghur Muslims in internment camps amounts to genocide. The Netherlands is one of only three nations to have made such a declaration against China. The US led the pack, with then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo having issued a statement on [...]

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The US Supreme Court granted injunctive relief in an order Friday to a group of churches in Santa Clara County, California, who sought to continue holding indoor worship services in spite of COVID-19 bans. Under the Santa Clara County guidelines, “ worship service is categorized by the County as a ‘gathering,’ and gatherings are prohibited. [...]

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El Fiscal General de México instó el martes a los legisladores a despojar de su inmunidad al gobernador de Tamaulipas, Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca, por presuntos vínculos con el crimen organizado y el lavado de dinero. El líder de la mayoría en el Congreso, Ignacio Mier Velazco, adjuntó una copia de la carta en [...]

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JURIST EXCLUSIVE – More than 24 people were reported killed in Myanmar Sunday when police cracked down on large demonstrations in multiple cities against the Myanmar military junta that seized power in the country on February 1. Multiple individuals died by live-fire rounds, according to local media and witnesses. Police and protesters engaged in a [...]

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte signed the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021 into law on Friday, giving vaccine makers indemnity if their COVID-19 vaccines cause adverse side effects. Although the number of COVID-19 infections in Philippines is one of the highest in Asia, the Philippines is one of the last Southeastern Asian countries to receive [...]

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