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France’s State Council, the country’s highest court, ordered the government on Sunday to review a COVID-19 rule limiting the number of people allowed in churches. The Council stated that the law, which restricts religious services to a maximum of 30 people, is not proportionate to coronavirus infection risks. France has been in a nationwide lockdown [...]

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The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Saturday unanimously dismissed with prejudice a petition to delay certification of the results of the 2020 General Election. This ruling delivers yet another legal blow to President Donald Trump’s fight against the election results, which he and many of his Republican supporters have called “fraudulent” and “rigged”. The court’s decision [...]

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Thousands of citizens gathered across France Saturday to protest proposed legislation that would criminalize sharing recorded images of police officers. The collective, called “Stop Loi Sécurité Globale” or Stop Global Security Law, is composed of journalists’ unions, human rights nongovernment organizations, and other groups. The amended legislation would make it illegal to disseminate, by any [...]

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Iranian diplomat Assadolah Assadi and three other Iranians went on trial in Antwerp, Belgium on Friday, marking the first time an EU country has put an Iranian official on trial for terrorism. The Iranians have been charged with planning an attack on a rally of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (“NCRI”), an [...]

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The Assemblée Nationale of France made discrimination based on regional accents an actionable offense Friday, adopting a bill proposed by deputy Chrisophe Euzet by a vote of 98 to 3. The new law punishes accent discrimination in the same manner as discrimination based on ethnicity, gender or disability. Those who violate the law may face [...]

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John Brennan, CIA Director between 2013 and 2017, took to Twitter Friday to condemn the reported assassination of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, labeling it as “criminal”, “highly reckless”, adding that if it were found to be a “state-sponsored attack,” it would be a “flagrant violation of international law.” According to Iranian news reports, Fakhrizadeh was [...]

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A Venezuelan court Thursday convicted six American oil executives of wide-ranging corruption offenses. The six US nationals include the former president and former vice-presidents of Citgo refining company, a US-based subsidiary of Venezuela’s state oil corporation Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA). The offenses include criminal association, money laundering and willful embezzlement. Five of them were [...]

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Thousands of farmers descended on India’s capital Friday to protest legislation passed in September that liberalizes the agricultural goods market. The legislation allows farmers to sell their produce anywhere instead of in state-mandated markets, changes the conditions under which the government may regulate the market in essential goods, and provides a framework under which farmers [...]

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The prosecutor-general of Azerbaijan said in an interview Wednesday that his office is looking into allegations of war crimes during the recent conflict between his nation and Armenia over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region. United Nations Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet has already raised the alarm about possible war crimes, issuing a statement on November 2 [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights held Friday that the deportation of Charles Unuane, a Nigerian national convicted of falsifying documents, violated Article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Unuane, a Nigerian national who has been living in the UK since 1998, had been convicted of falsifying documents [...]

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