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Legal news from Monday, May 22, 2017
by Autumn Callan

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Cooper v. Harris that North Carolina's redistricting was unconstitutional. North Carolina officials redrew two congressional districts after the 2010 census, neither of which had a majority black voting-age population, but "both consistently elected the candidates preferred by most African-American voters." To comply with the one-person-one-vote standard, District 1 needed …

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by Autumn Callan

Swiss voters on Sunday backed the government's plan to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy. They also voted by a 58.2 percent majority to ban nuclear power plants and to help bail out struggling utilities, which overturns a November majority vote rejecting a referendum to phase out the nation's nuclear power program. Switzerland has a …

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by Jennifer Suder

Human rights experts at the UN called on Indonesia Monday to review and repeal its criminalization of blasphemy. The UN experts decided to step in after the former governor of Jakarta, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, was sentenced earlier this month to two years in prison for blasphemy against …

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by Autumn Callan

Japan and other Asia-Pacific members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreed Sunday to move forward with their deal despite the US' withdrawal. Trade ministers from the 11 remaining countries met in Hanoi, Vietnam, to plan how to proceed without the US. A possible impediment to continuing the deal is keeping Vietnam and Malaysia on board as …

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