The US Supreme Court on Monday lifted an order that would have required Michigan prosecutors to retry a 2007 murder case by May 2021 or release the defendant after state officials cited COVID-19-prompted trial delays. Michigan state prosecutors filed for a stay in December, pending the outcome of a petition for a writ of certiorari. [...]

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US President Joe Biden signed four executive actions Tuesday aimed at addressing systemic racism and enhancing racial equity. Building on last Wednesday’s executive order, which introduced his administration’s plans to pursue racial equity, Biden first disavowed discrimination against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community over the coronavirus pandemic. “The Federal Government has a responsibility [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Tuesday blocked a set of regulations from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that were set to significantly reduce the limits on detention for minors taken into custody with a family member or guardian (“accompanied minors”). In coming to the decision, the court held to the [...]

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Viasna, a non-governmental human rights center in Belarus, said that seven more people were detained in Belarus on Sunday during the traditional weekend protests against President Alexander Lukashenko, who won his sixth term in office in a disputed election. The total number of detainees is now reported to be over twenty people. According to a [...]

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Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeals ruled on Monday that a government-mandated mask ban, instituted on October 5, 2019, is constitutional. During last year’s anti-government protests, which have largely died down, many demonstrators wore masks to hide their identities from authorities and to protect themselves from tear gas. Opposition lawmakers and activists in Hong Kong [...]

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A California grand jury charged Apple’s head of Global Security, along with the Santa Clara County Undersheriff and others, with bribery on Monday. The indictment is a result of a two-year investigation by the Santa Clary County District Attorney’s Office, which revealed that Undersheriff Rick Sung, aided by Captain James Jensen in one instance, refused [...]

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A wealthy California couple were sentenced to prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to paying $250,000 to fraudulently help their daughter gain admission to the University of Southern California as a volleyball recruit. Diane Blake, the co-founder of a retail merchandising company, and Todd Blake, an entrepreneur and investor, were sentenced by US District Judge Nathaniel [...]

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UN human rights experts called Monday for an immediate end to the systematic detention and criminalization of human rights defenders, as well as excessive use of force against them. In the past three months, Cambodian citizens attempting to exercise their rights to peaceful assembly have suffered persecution and excessive force at the hands of government [...]

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Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on Sunday after eight years of negotiations. The countries include Australia, China, Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand and Malaysia. The 15 member countries account for about 30 percent of the world’s population and 30 percent of?global GDP, making it the largest?trade agreement in the world. [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the case of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. The court heard the argument by telephone with live-streamed audio. Fulton concerns whether Petitioner, a Roman Catholic adoption agency in Philadelphia, is entitled to discriminate against potential foster parents on the basis of sexual orientation. The city of [...]

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