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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed grave concern following a military coup d’état in Myanmar. Civilian political leaders, including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, were among those detained in the military raids conducted hours before the parliament was to convene. Bachelet called Monday for their release. The army declared a state [...]

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Marc Simon, the son of Sylvan and Bernice Simon, both of whom were killed in the 2018 Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh that killed eleven people and wounded six others, has sued firearms manufacturer Colt and the National Rifle Association (NRA) for their roles in radicalizing Robert Bowers, the indicted shooter. The novel 47-page [...]

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All federal prisons in the US have been put on lockdown ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 21. The lockdown, announced at midnight on Saturday, was in response to “current events,” according to a statement by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The decision was a precautionary one and not in response to any [...]

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Illinois lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday overhauling the state’s criminal justice system in a sweeping reform. The bill, HB 3653, makes it official misconduct for police officers to fail to use body cameras or intentionally misrepresent facts in police reports and investigations. Chokeholds are also banned, and the bill standardizes the reporting process for people [...]

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Fifty-five people have been charged with crimes after a group of pro-Trump rioters broke into the US Capitol on Wednesday. Some of the criminal charges were filed regarding events before the siege on the Capitol, including a case against Enrique Tarrio, leader of the far-right Proud Boys group. While many of the arrests so far [...]

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The White House Office of Management and Budget signed off Friday on a rule making it easier for companies to classify workers as independent contractors. The rule marks a significant effort to change employment law in the waning days of the Trump administration. The proposed rule, promulgated by the Department of Labor, would standardize the [...]

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The US Treasury Department levied sanctions Wednesday against the Venezuelan judge and prosecutor involved in the court case that sent six Citgo executives to prison. The verdict, handed down in late November, convicted the American executives to 8 to 13 years in prison, for offenses ranging from embezzlement to money laundering. The sanctions were announced [...]

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The Central African Republic (CAR) held presidential and legislative elections Sunday amid fears of unrest and controversy. Despite threats of violence by rebel groups, citizens turned out in significant numbers. The incumbent President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, seeking a second term, is favored to win.?Touadéra has advocated demobilizing armed groups and incentivizing international investment. He has accused [...]

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A US federal judge in Maryland granted a temporary injunction against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday, temporarily blocking a proposed rule to reduce drug prices. The proposed “most favored nation” rule would require Medicare to reduce prices based on international prices for certain drugs, including cancer medication. Reducing drug prices [...]

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Mastercard may be required to pay up to 14 billion pounds ($18.5 billion) after the UK Supreme Court allowed a class action lawsuit to go forward Friday. The lawsuit, which covers 46 million UK adults, was initially blocked by the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) on grounds that the class action case would be too complex [...]

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