May 23, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Senate on Saturday blocked a House passed bill that would end the mass collection of phone records by the National Security Agency (NSA) in an after midnight vote of 57-42. Supporters of the measure were unable to secure the 60 votes needed to move forward, and no action was taken by the ...[read more]
May 22, 2015
by Brittany Felder
A military court in Israel on Thursday ordered Palestinian lawmaker, Khalida Jarrar, be released on bail. Under the terms of her release, she is to pay a 20,000-shekel (USD $5,000) bond with a third-party guarantee. She is to be held three additional days pending a possible appeal. Jarrar, a ...[read more]
May 22, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
An 84-year old attorney, businessman and political candidate filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee court on Wednesday, challenging a law that makes it a felony for a doctor or another person helps someone commit suicide. John Jay Hooker, who once ran for Tennessee governor and worked for Robert F. ...[read more]
May 21, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
Louisiana legislatures on Tuesday rejected a religious objections bill that was pushed by Governor Bobby Jindal. A House legal committee voted 10-2 to kill the bill, ending weeks of serious debate. However, in an effort to solicit Christian conservatives for his likely presidential bid in 2016, ...[read more]
May 21, 2015
by William Helbling
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday appointed Judge Ahmed el-Zind as the country's new Justice Minster. El-Zind, who is known for being hostile towards the Muslim Brotherhood, was sworn in with al-Sisi presiding over the event. As Justice Minister, el-Zind plans to continue to ...[read more]
May 20, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Thailand's military government announced on Tuesday it will hold a referendum on a new constitution, likely delaying the general elections scheduled for mid-2016. Thailand is currently operating under a temporary charter as its previous constitution was abolished after a coup last May. A committee ...[read more]
May 18, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
A French court on Monday cleared two police officers accused in the 2005 deaths of two teenagers outside Paris that sparked weeks of riots throughout the country. The court in Rennes ruled that officers Sebastien Gaillemin and Stephanie Klein were not responsible for the deaths of 15-year-old ...[read more]
May 16, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Chinese prosecutors on Friday said that prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has officially been indicted on charges of fanning ethnic hatred and provoking trouble for comments that he posted online. He has already been detained for one year. A more severe charge of inciting divisions and a ...[read more]
May 15, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The Polish government on Friday processed payments to two terror suspects currently held by the US at Guantanamo Bay. The European Court of Human Rights had imposed a Saturday deadline on Poland to make the reparations. Last July Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were awarded USD $147,000 ...[read more]
May 15, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Burundi authorities arrested several military generals Friday after an unsuccessful coup attempt and said the suspects will face a military court for mutiny charges. Maj. Gen. Godefroid Niyombare announced the coup on Wednesday. President Pierre Nkurunziza was in Tanzania at the time the coup was ...[read more]

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