March 28, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on Thursday released its 2014 Annual Humanitarian Overview, noting that Palestinian civilians continue to face daily threats to their physical safety and liberty, with 2014 holding the highest civilian death toll in the conflict since the ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The UN refugee agency released a report on Thursday that identified a significant increase in asylum applications to industrialized countries as a result of the displacement effectuated primarily by the wars in Syria and Iraq. In the report, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antůnio Guterres ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed House Bill 1065 into law Tuesday to allow terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs before they have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The bill, approved by the Senate last week, applies to qualified patients who have been ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A bipartisan bill seeking to change the US federal government's approach to medicinal marijuana was introduced in the US House of Representatives Tuesday. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act of 2015, or CARERS Act, was introduced by Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) faced its first challenges to its new Open Internet (net neutrality) Monday. USTelecom, an industry trade group, and Alamo Broadband, a Texas-based internet provider filed suit in Washington and New Orleans, respectively. According to the FCC, the basis ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Sarah Steers
Pennsylvania has long incorporated its advantageous position atop deposits of oil and coal into its economy. As technological advancement in the 21st century meant greater access to- and utilization of- natural gas reserves trapped in shale, Governor Tom Corbett advocated for changes to ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin ruled Friday that a state law requiring doctors performing abortions to have privileges to admit patients to a nearby hospital is unconstitutional. Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services sued the state, claiming ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
France's government on Thursday pushed a surveillance bill that would give French intelligence services the authority to monitor metadata. The government's hope is that such action would prevent an imminent terror attack. Parliamentary debate on the bill will begin next month. The measure has ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The Indiana Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal to give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs that are not sold on the market. The bill would allow patients to access treatments before they receive federal approval, thus creating a three-phase process that takes ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria expressed concern Tuesday about atrocities and abuses in Syria by both the Assad regime and anti-government armed groups, advocating for UN Security Council referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or the establishment of a special tribunal to ...[read more]

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