May 25, 2015
by Brittany Felder
United Nations Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag on Monday, urged leaders in Lebanon to end their political divisions in order to pick a new president, warning that the year-long debate over the matter had "undermined Lebanon's ability to address the growing security, economic and social challenges ...[read more]
May 3, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern Friday over actions by Burundi authorities ahead of its upcoming presidential elections. OHCHR Spokesman Rupert Colville noted in particular the detention of hundreds of people in overcrowded prisons, the use of live ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
British lawmakers stated in a report on Monday that the country needs to take action against a rise in anti-Semitism throughout the country. The All-Party Parliamentary found in particular that there has been a growth of "cyber hate" on various social media websites against the Jewish people. Last ...[read more]
December 21, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Protests erupted in more than 30 cities in Spain on Saturday due to a new public security law that criminalizes certain types of social protests and demonstrations. Protests took place in both large and small cities, including Barcelona, Madrid, Almeria and Valencia. Some protesters wore tape on ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by William Helbling
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on Saturday agreed to organize an intelligence network with participating nations in an effort to combat corruption within the region. APEC acknowledged the necessity of a network between countries because current government corruption "impedes economic ...[read more]
October 31, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
A court in Denmark has convicted Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, the co-founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB), and an accomplice for stealing Danish public records from the US-based information technology business CSC. From April to August of 2012, Svartholm Warg and his accomplish ar... ...[read more]
August 10, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday signed into law a measure providing basic protections to Brazilian domestic workers. The law limits domestic workers' work weeks to 44 hours, and the work day to eight hours. The law also creates a minimum wage and requires employers to register their ...[read more]
July 14, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
An Iranian court has sentenced eight Facebook page administrators to jail for terms between eight and 21 years, Iran's official news agency, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), reported on Sunday. The defendants were convicted of plotting against national security, spreading propaganda ...[read more]
December 17, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The Obama administration announced Monday that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will begin processing payments to surviving spouses of same-sex married couples. In a brief statement, Press Officer LaVenia LaVelle said, "I am pleased to announce that, effective today, Social Security is ...[read more]
October 4, 2013
by Sarah Steers
At the height of the Great Depression, US President Franklin Roosevelt requested legislation to aid Americans in times of economic need. On August 14, 1935, Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. The original Act provided benefits to workers upon retirement at age 65, and based the ...[read more]

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