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Seventy-one parties to the Rome Statute on Monday joined a statement to voice opposition to US sanctions against International Criminal Court (ICC) officials that were implemented in September. The nations stated, “any attempt to undermine the independence of the court should not be tolerated.” On September 2, the US State Department took action against the [...]

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China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced sanctions Monday on US companies Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS), Raytheon and others that have sold arms to Taiwan. The spokesperson said that arms sales to Taiwan “severely violate the one-China principle … and seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and security interests.” The spokesperson urged the US to [...]

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The US Senate on Monday voted 52-48 to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court. The vote was largely along party lines, with Barrett receiving votes from every Republican Senator except Susan Collins of Maine. This confirmation comes just over a week before Election Day and only 30 days after Barrett was [...]

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The US Department of Labor and Target agreed Monday “to correct exit access and storage hazards and enhance worker safety” in 200 of Target’s northeast stores and to pay a penalty of $465,000. In 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited eight Target stores for blocked exits and unsafe storage practices. Target will make [...]

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China’s National People‚Äôs Congress Standing Committee on Sunday passed the Export Control Law of the People’s Republic of China, which restricts sensitive exports, such as military, nuclear and technology goods, that may threaten national security. A list of controlled items will be published “in a timely manner.” This law allows China to retaliate against countries, [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Friday lifted a stay issued in August, reinstating the district court injunction barring federal agents from targeting journalists and legal observers at protests. The injunction sets out that press passes, standing to the side of protests and carrying professional-grade photographic equipment should be used to [...]

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Albania’s Parliament voted on Monday to enact electoral reforms to prevent vote manipulation. In recent years, Albania’s elections have been surrounded by allegations of vote-buying and manipulation of ballot counts. These new reforms will apply to Albania’s elections coming on April 25, 2021. The reforms most notably lowered the electoral threshold from 5 percent to [...]

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The transitional government of Sudan and rebel groups on Saturday formalized a peace deal to end a years-long war that led to the death of hundreds of thousands and displaced millions. South Sudan hosted the ceremony where the transitional government and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF), a coalition of armed groups, signed the deal. The [...]

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Clark County District Court Judge Linda Bell on Wednesday approved an $800 million settlement from MGM Resorts to the victims of the 2017 Mandalay Bay shooting in Las Vegas. On October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire on a street concert from a room at the Mandalay Bay Resort. Fifty-eight people were killed, and more [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a statement of interest in the US District Court for the District of New Mexico on Monday alleging that a rule imposing more strict COVID-19 capacity requirements on private schools than public schools violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. New Mexico’s COVID-19 rules limit public school [...]

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