April 15, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The Florida Senate voted Tuesday to repeal the State's ban on same-sex adoption. The Senate voted 27-11 to repeal the law, which has been on the books in Florida since 1977. The bill, which already passed the Florida House of Representatives in March, now heads to Governor Rick Scott. The Florida... ...[read more]
April 8, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on Tuesday signed a bill that bans all forms of dismemberment abortion unless necessary to protect the life or health of the mother. The bill was approved by the Kansas legislature near the end of March. Kansas is the first state to ban this type of procedure, ...[read more]
April 8, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A former Guantanamo Bay detainee was arrested Tuesday in connection with the murder of Ugandan Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi last month. Ugandan citizen Jamal Kiyemba was apprehended along with three others in the Ugandan Capital of Kampala by a joint operation of the Ugandan Police ...[read more]
April 4, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
An Egyptian court on Saturday began the retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons for their alleged diversion of public funds to upgrade family properties last year. The three allegedly diverted funds that were to be used for renovations to the presidential palace. Mubarak and his ...[read more]
April 3, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Fifteen states, led by Louisiana, urged the US Supreme Court on Thursday to uphold same-sex marriage bans. The brief asserts that voters should decide for themselves whether to allow same-sex marriages in their respective states. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and West ...[read more]
March 31, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Department of Justice on Monday urged the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reverse the injunction blocking the president's immigration executive action. The government is challenging the preliminary injunction issued last month that placed a hold on the executive action that ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
India's Supreme Court struck down a law on Tuesday that gave authorities the power to jail people for offensive online posts. Bloggers, writers and rights groups challenged India's Information and Technology Act after arrests were made across the country for statements posted on social media. "The ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Puerto Rican officials announced Friday that Puerto Rico is ending its defense of a same-sex marriage ban. Article 68 of Puerto Rico's Civil Code contains the territory's same-sex marriage rules. Justice Secretary César Miranda stated, "It neither fair nor correct to defend the constitutionality ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The actions of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq may amount to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported Thursday. The report cites the killings of hundreds of Yezidi men and boys in the Ninewa plains last August. The men over ...[read more]
March 16, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The US government on Friday appealed a federal court ruling that reduced the potential liability BP faces under the Clean Water Act in relation to the 2010 offshore oil spill. District Court Judge Carl Barbier of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in January set the size ...[read more]

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