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The trial of Sierra Leone national Gibril Massaquoi, accused of committing serious war crimes during Liberia’s second civil war between 1999 and 2003, began Monday in Findland’s Tampere District Court, where the state prosecution outlined the extent of the accused’s suspected crimes. Having lived in the Tampere region for the past 10 years as a [...]

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The lower house of Indian parliament, the Lok Sabha, will introduce “The Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021,” according to a legislative agenda released by the government last week. The bill, which seeks to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in the country, will be introduced during the budget session that began on Friday. [...]

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The High Court for the state of Madhya Pradesh has issued a notice directing the state government to respond to the public interest litigation petition challenging the constitutional validity of the newly promulgated Dharma Swatantrya (Religious Freedom) Ordinance, 2020. The law prohibits religious conversion “by misrepresentation, allurement, use of threat or force, undue influence, coercion, [...]

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New Mexico state senator Linda Lopez introduced leglsiation Monday that includes sweeping police reform. According to Mapping Police Violence, New Mexico had the highest rate of police killings per one million people between January 2013 and December 2019. Senate Bill 227 would impose stricter restrictions on when officers can use deadly force: A law enforcement [...]

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Former US president Donald Trump’s second impeachment proceedings accelerated Tuesday, as House impeachment managers delivered an 80-page memo to the Senate outlining their case for impeachment by emphasizing Trump’s personal responsibility for the violence that erupted at the US Capitol on January 6. Calling the president’s actions “a grievous betrayal of his Oath of Office,” [...]

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Measures that will “strengthen the protections and controls for those who gamble through online slots games” were announced by the Great British Gambling Commission on Tuesday. The changes are intended to make online games “safer by design,” with the Commission focusing on online slot games since these have the highest average losses per player of [...]

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US President Joe Biden’s administration filed a motion?on Monday asking the US Supreme Court to cancel upcoming oral arguments for two appeals filed by former president Donald Trump concerning the southern border wall and the “remain in Mexico” asylum policy. The motion follows a proclamation issued by Biden on his first day in office?ordering a [...]

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California resident John DeMarr was charged in a complaint unsealed Monday by the US Department of Justice for allegedly participating in a cryptocurrency and securities fraud scheme. The complaint, originally filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) on January 29, charged DeMarr with one count of conspiracy to [...]

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Social Networking site Twitter has restored various accounts, including the accounts of a news website, actor and various political leaders after, temporarily withholding them. These accounts had in the past week posted several messages supporting the farmers’ protests in India. As per the Twitter Rules and policies: Many countries, including the United States have laws [...]

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The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on Monday launched an investigation into widespread COVID-19 infections and deaths in US meatpacking plants. Representative James Clyburn, Chairman of the Subcommittee, sent letters to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Tyson Foods, Smithfield Foods and JBS USA. The letter to OSHA claims that under the [...]

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