The UK’s Ministry of Defence announced Wednesday that it will permit people with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) to join the armed forces if they no longer have a detectable amount of the virus. The announcement came on World AIDS Day as part of the Defence Ministry’s continued efforts to recognise breakthroughs in the treatment and [...]

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JURIST EXCLUSIVE – Lawyers from across Afghanistan have sent letters to the Taliban cabinet seeking the restoration of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association after the Ministry of Justice took over its premises and assumed its lawyer licensing power last week. On November 23, armed Taliban fighters entered the Association’s offices in Kabul, forced objecting lawyers [...]

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The Bombay High Court Wednesday granted bail to lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj, after four years of imprisonment for allegedly attempting to wage war against the government of India and the government of Maharashtra. The case concerns allegedly provocative comments delivered at the Elgaar Parishad conclave in December 2017 which was celebrating the victory of the Mahar [...]

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced Tuesday that the US Department of State will restrict nine Cuban officials’ visas. The nine officials are Ministries of the Interior and the Revolutionary Armed Forces high-ranking members. The restrictions follow Cuba’s interference with peaceful demonstrators last month. The nine officials are accused of attempting “to silence the [...]

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A consortium of 114 civil society organisations Tuesday asked the European Union’s (EU) Parliament, Council and member states to undertake major revisions to the proposed Artificial Intelligence Act unveiled in April this year. In their letter, the rights groups noted that the regulatory vacuum in the development and use of AI systems is increasingly threatening [...]

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The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) Tuesday issued an order requiring Meta (previously Facebook) to sell online image platform Giphy over competition concerns about the supply of display advertising and social media services in the country. Meta acquired Giphy in May 2020 for $400 million with plans to integrate the platform’s GIF library into [...]

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One in three people currently working in the Parliament of Australia have experienced some form of sexual harassment while working, according to a new report released Tuesday. The report, Set the Standard: Report on the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces, was authored by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The commission was tasked with the [...]

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Judge Terry Douglas of the US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Tuesday blocked a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for US health care workers. This nationwide injunction halts the mandate, pending a full judicial review of the mandate’s legality. The court found that the government would not be able defend the order, considering [...]

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Barbados swore in its first ever president on Tuesday, becoming a republic 55 years after the island first gained independence. Queen Elizabeth was formerly the head of state of Barbados. However, Barbados swore in its first president, Sandra Mason, on Tuesday. This ended nearly 400 years of British rule. With Prince Charles present for the [...]

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