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The Tokyo District Court upheld Japan’s ban on dual citizenship on Thursday. The court rejected the case of Japanese expatriates living in Europe who had challenged the constitutionality of the ban in the first judicial decision concerning the issue. The court sided with the Japanese government’s concern for national interests. Judge Hideaki Mori said that [...]

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The first nuclear disarmament treaty in more than two decades came into force on Friday, following the 50th ratification of the treaty on 24 October, which triggered the 90-day period required before the treaty entered into force. The UN completed negotiations on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at its New York headquarters [...]

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The Right Honorable Richard Wagner, Chief Justice of Canada, will serve as interim Governor General after Julie Payette stepped down Thursday following months of allegations of a toxic workplace in Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General. The allegations?leveled against Payette and the Secretary to the Governor General, Assunta Di Lorenzo, were first [...]

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Spain’s public prosecutor announced?Thursday that she is investigating more than 200 cases of criminal mishandling of coronavirus in nursing homes. Attorney General Dolores Delgado began an investigation in March to gather information on “the existence of elderly people, some of them sick, living in extreme situations and poor sanitation conditions, as well as deceased residents,”?which [...]

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The European Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday calling for the release of Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, urging the EU to impose restrictions against those involved in the arrest, and insisting EU halt completion of Nord Stream 2. The resolution comes after Navalny was arrested on Sunday when arriving in Moscow following recovery from [...]

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government offered on Wednesday to temporarily suspend the implementation of the country’s contentious agricultural reform laws for 12 to 18 months. These reforms were passed by the Parliament in September last year and have sparked continuous protests by farmers opposing the “commercialization” of agriculture. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court [...]

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The Thai government filed a criminal complaint against political leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit Wednesday, citing crimes against the monarchy. Juangroongruangkit is the leader of Future Forward, a pro-democracy party created to contest Thai elections. He criticized the government’s administration of recently developed COVID-19 vaccines. Juangroongruankit specifically condemned the government for relying too heavily on the Crown [...]

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The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday held Russia responsible for several breaches of the European Convention of Human Rights following its 2008 five-day armed conflict?with Georgia. Georgia and Russia have a history of tensions between them, which escalated on August 7, 2008, when Georgia claims it sent its troops [...]

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The Review Committee on the Functioning of the International Health Regulations (2005) during the COVID-19 Response recommended minor improvements Tuesday to the 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR). Both the Review Committee and the Independent Panel were established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to World Health Assembly resolution 73.1. The Review Committee is [...]

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Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh announced Tuesday that the country has sanctioned a number of former senior US officials and former president Donald Trump. Khatibzadeh said that the sanctions are a response to “acts of terror against Iran and Iranian nationals and violation of their human rights.” Specifically, grounds for the sanctions include the [...]

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