The EU Parliament  approved a controversial new copyright directive  on Wednesday that could force sites like Google and Facebook to install filters to prevent copyrighted material from being uploaded. The final vote was 438 in favor and 226 against. The main controversy stems from Articles 11 and 13. Article 11 has allowed authors to have their [...]

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Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. dropped  3,042 marijuana charges on Tuesday, saying it is “one small step toward addressing the decades of racial disparities behind the enforcement of marijuana in New York City.” The charges dropped were misdemeanor possession and smoking charges dating back to as early as 1978. Charges that showed chances of “sale [...]

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EU lawmakers voted on Wednesday in favor of initiating measures against the Hungarian government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban for allegedly breaching the values upon which the EU was founded. The measure allows Article 7 sanctions, under the Treaty of Lisbon , to be brought against Hungary, which could result in the country’s expulsion from the EU. The resolution was passed by [...]

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A federal judge in California on Tuesday blocked  the state from enforcing a law that bans gun vendors from displaying imagery and/or advertisements depicting or resembling guns. Plaintiffs consisted of firearm vendors who were issued citations by law enforcement for displaying images, signs and advertisements of guns outside their establishments. The store owners filed suit [...]

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The annual report of UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the UN Human Rights Council listed 38 countries, including China and Russia, that have carried out harsh reprisals and intimidation tactics against individuals who cooperated with the UN on human rights issues. Contained in the report are details of cases that include allegations of “killing, torture [...]

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday announced major policy updates and enforcement efforts on electronic cigarettes such as JUUL and their distribution and sale to teens—what the statement called the “largest coordinated enforcement effort in the FDA’s history.” The FDA announced the issuing of more than 1300 warning letters and civil penalties/fines [...]

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A federal judge ruled  Tuesday that US securities laws may cover an initial coin offering (ICO), allowing the government to regulate billions of dollars in cybercurrency. The ruling came in the criminal case of US v. Zaslavskiy  where Zaslavskiy is charged with promoting digital currencies backed by investments in real estate and diamonds that prosecutors [...]

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An attempt by Malaysia’s lower house of parliament to repeal a law against “fake news”  was blocked by an opposition-run Senate vote on Wednesday. The vote from the upper house is the first major challenge against Malaysia’s newly re-elected Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad. Mohamad, who was elected earlier this year, conducted large changes to the [...]

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UN investigators released a report  on Wednesday detailing the use of chemical weapons by Syrian forces during an ongoing civil war, which has contributed to the displacement of more than one million civilians in six months. The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic  documented multiple war crimes by the Syrian government, [...]

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