March 2, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Police in Myanmar on Monday prevented around 200 students from marching to protest a new law that they claim limits academic freedom. The new law was passed by parliament in September and puts all policy and curriculum decisions in the hands of mostly government ministers. The law bans students ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state of Nebraska to pay Kansas $5.5 million, settling a long dispute over water use from the Republican River. The river originates in Colorado, runs through Nebraska and ends in Kansas. In a compact reached in 1943, 49 percent of the river's water was ...[read more]
February 21, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Thursday rejected a motion by BP to reduce the civil fine payable under the Clean Water Act in relation to the 2010 offshore oil spill. BP's appeal sought to reduce the fine per barrel from the $4,300 proposed by the US ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Valerie Howell
A group of three UN special rapporteurs urged the international community on Friday to provide humanitarian aid and funding to Malawi after it experienced the worst flooding in recent history. Malawi habitually experiences varying degrees of flooding that requires action by emergency response ...[read more]
January 16, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Thursday reduced the maximum fine that BP will face under the Clean Water Act after he ruled that the size of the offshore oil spill was smaller than what the US government claimed. In the opinion, Federal Judge Carl ...[read more]
December 20, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Kenya's parliament on Thursday passed a sweeping new anti-terrorism law after some of its members engaged in a shoving match that led to blows being exchanged. Those opposed to the bill, citing violations of free speech and other civil liberties, shouted, threw water, and even threw books at the ...[read more]
December 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration said Wednesday that they will block hydraulic fracturing across the state. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking is a controversial method of tapping natural gas deposits with high pressurized water. The method, commonly used in the local Marcellus ...[read more]
November 11, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A South Korean court sentenced the captain of the ferry Sewol to 36 years in jail after being found guilty of negligence. He was acquitted of homicide for which prosecutors had sought the death penalty. The Sewol ferry capsized in April, killing 304 passengers, on a routine voyage to the island ...[read more]
October 22, 2014
by Valerie Howell
A group of UN human rights experts on Monday implored the city of Detroit to make access to water and adequate housing more affordable, classifying these as basic human rights. The recommendations were made after a two-day visit to the city of Detroit, where UN experts noticed the negative effect ...[read more]
October 17, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Pakistan's Lahore High Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence for Aasiya Noreen (better known as Asia Bibi), who was convicted of blasphemy in 2010. Bibi, a Christian woman, was alleged to have insulted the Prophet Mohammed while working in a field with several Muslim women. Bibi maintains ...[read more]

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