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The South Gauteng High Court Tuesday in South Africa continued hearing a case against mining company Anglo American South Africa on allegations of lead poisoning. Zambian communities brought the class action lawsuit after it was discovered that the town of Kabwe, Zambia contains the “world’s most toxic lead mine” called the Broken Hill mine. The [...]

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US President Joe Biden Tuesday announced the appointment of a new Special Envoy for Human Rights in North Korea. The appointment will mark the first time the position has been filled since 2017. Biden nominated Julie Turner who currently serves as the director of the Office of East Asia and the Pacific in the Bureau [...]

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Monday urged Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev to immediately reopen the Lachin Corridor to commercial traffic in an effort to reach a peace agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The corridor has been blocked by Azerbaijani protestors since December 12, 2022. During a phone call with Aliyev, Blinken pressed that the [...]

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Brazil’s Minister of Justice and Public Security Flavio Dino Monday said he would open an investigation with the Federal Police into the alleged genocide perpetrated against the Indigenous Yanomami people of the Amazon. The investigation stems from allegations that the right-wing government of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro perpetrated the genocide. This month, shocking reports [...]

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The US Supreme Court Monday denied review of a US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decision favoring Walmart in a race bias lawsuit brought by a former pharmacist. Yves Wantou, a former pharmacist at a Walmart in Texas, filed a lawsuit against Walmart in the Western District of Texas in 2016 claiming racial [...]

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US President Joe Biden Monday urged Congress to pass an updated assault weapons ban and raise the minimum age to purchase an assault rifle after the Monterey Park, California mass shooting Saturday that killed 11 people. Biden said, “There can be no greater responsibility than to do all we can to ensure the safety of [...]

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The Supreme Court of California Monday reversed Billy Ray Waldon’s conviction and death sentence from 1991. The court agreed with Waldon that the trial court judge wrongly allowed Waldon to represent himself at trial, even after a prior judge denied his request. The court stated that the trial court’s failure to provide counsel for Waldon [...]

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The UN reported Monday that at least 18,483 civilians have died or suffered injury in Ukraine since Russia’s invasion of the country in February 2022. The UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) said that 7,068 civilians died and 11,415 civilians were hurt as a result of the war. This figure includes [...]

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A Brooklyn, New York federal judge Monday rejected Douglass Mackey’s arguments to dismiss an indictment brought by federal prosecutors from the Eastern District of New York (EDNY). Mackey is accused of participating in an online conspiracy to spread deceptive information during the 2016 Presidential election to injure some Twitter users’ right to vote. Mackey argued [...]

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US federal law enforcement Monday arrested Charles McGonigal, a former FBI Special Agent in charge of the New York Field Office. McGonigal, along with former Soviet diplomat-turned-US citizen Sergey Shestakov, face five counts of US sanction violations, money laundering, and false statements from taking money from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Federal prosecutors claimed that Deripaska, [...]

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