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Twelve Australian media companies pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court of Victoria Monday to contempt of court for breaching a gag order imposed by the County Court of Victoria preventing Cardinal George Pell from being named in the country as a convicted child sex offender until February of 2019. The guilty pleas are part of [...]

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The New Zealand government announced Sunday that it is introducing a new government bill to improve Māori representation in local government as the country prepares for the 2022 local council elections. The Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill is spearheaded by the Minister of Local Government Nanaia Mahuta. According to a fact [...]

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Consumer rights organization Euroconsumers announced Monday that it is coordinating a third class action lawsuit against Apple Inc. over the technology giant’s planned iPhone obsolescence. The lawsuit was filed in Italy and “seeks compensation of at least €60 on average for owners of iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus.” Euroconsumers is taking action [...]

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Egyptian prisons are rife with human rights abuses, according to a Monday report from Amnesty International. “What do I care if you die?” Negligence and denial of health care in the Egyptian prisons, the 74-page report, looked into eight key issues: mass arbitrary detention policy; cruel and inhuman detention conditions; barring prisoners’ contact with family; [...]

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Ugandan authorities on Monday allowed restoration of some internet services in the country, five days after a shutdown?that occurred as last week’s election approached. While connectivity has been restored to 90 percent of ordinary levels following the announcement of the election result—a landslide victory for President Yoweri Museveni, who has held office since 1986—Ugandans can [...]

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Scotland’s top criminal court refused to overturn the murder conviction of the “Lockerbie bomber” in a 64-page appeal judgment released Friday. A panel of five judges in the Scottish High Court of Justiciary upheld the late Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi’s conviction for 270 counts of murder. The murders were committed in 1988 when Megrahi placed [...]

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France’s Minister of Justice éric Dupond-Moretti is set to be judicially investigated for alleged conflict of interest, officials said Friday. Prosecutor General Fran?ois Molins, who was appointed in 2018 to the Court of Cassation, the country’s top court, announced the investigation. The announcement follows the Court of Justice of the Republic, a special French court [...]

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The Greek government submitted a bill to the country’s Hellenic Parliament Friday in an attempt to increase its territorial waters. The five-article bill is titled, “Determination of the bandwidth of the Aegialitis zone in the maritime region of the Ionian and Ionian Islands up to Cape Coatro of the Peloponnese.” If passed, it would double [...]

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The Cabinet of Iran approved a bill Sunday to bolster protections for women against violence in the country. The Cabinet meeting saw the Council of Ministers approve the Protection, Dignity and Security of Women against Violence bill, moving the bill along the country’s law-making process. The bill defines violence as “any behaviour that is committed [...]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh signed an ordinance Monday to create a board independent of the Boston Police Department (BPD) to investigate police misconduct allegations. The ordinance was signed by Walsh in a ceremony conducted virtually. It establishes the Office of Police Accountability and Transparency (OPAT), which will “investigate complaints of police misconduct, ensure that the [...]

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