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Rodrigo Duterte’s government moved on Monday to strip ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ largest media group, of its franchise. The move has been criticized as the worst yet in a series of attacks on press freedom by the country’s government. Jose Calida, the Philippine solicitor general, filed a complaint accusing ABS-CBN Corp. and a subsidiary of violating [...]

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed suit on Monday against e-cigarette manufacturer JUUL Labs for risking the health of Pennsylvanians’ and deceiving consumers. The lawsuit states that Pennsylvania’s youth face a significant public health crisis with the epidemic in nicotine addiction caused by electronic cigarettes, driven in large part by a single product that “was [...]

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The Bangui Court of Appeal on Friday sentenced 28 militiamen to prison for a massacre committed in Bangassou and other areas of the country’s southeast in May 2017.  The victims in the massacre included dozens of Muslims and 10 UN Peacekeepers. The militia that committed the killings is the majority-Christian Anti-Balaka militia. The prison sentences ranged [...]

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US Attorney General William Barr announced on Monday the indictment of four members of the Chinese military charged with hacking into the computer systems of credit reporting agency Equifax and exposing nearly half of Americans’ personal data in 2017. Wu Zhiyong (吴志勇), Wang Qian (王乾), Xu Ke (许可) and Liu Lei (刘磊) were each members [...]

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Switzerland held a referendum Sunday, approving a measure to expand protections for LBGTQ+ populations but rejecting one encouraging parties to offer more affordable housing for rent. The initial results from the move to increase protections for LGBTQ+ populations came in part from a popular vote on a proposed amendment of the December 14, 2018, Criminal [...]

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Facebook reached a settlement Friday in a class action lawsuit arising from a data breach in September 2018 affecting an estimated 29 million people. The lawsuit consolidated more than a dozen actions into a class action suit. The goal of the action was to compel Facebook to improve its security practices and ensure regular assessment [...]

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New York Attorney General Letitia James on Friday announced the state’s plans to sue the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to the new policy blocking New York residents from enrolling in the Trusted Travelers Programs. In her press release, James criticized the Trump administration policy: We plan to take legal action and sue [...]

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Virginia lawmakers passed the Virginia Values Act, anti-discrimination legislation that protects LGBTQ individuals, on Thursday. This act, currently encapsulated by HB 1049 and SB 868, These two bills both will prohibit discrimination in employment, public accommodation, public contracting, apprenticeship programs, housing, banking, and insurance based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  SB 868 was passed [...]

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