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Legal news from Tuesday, September 26, 2017
by Miracle Jones

The Federal Register posted a notice on Monday detailing an updated rule that will allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to track social media accounts of immigrants. The social media accounts will be collected as part of the standard immigration review process to decide if an individual is permitted to remain within or gain entry into the US. …

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by Miracle Jones

Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on Tuesday announced by decree that the country will grant women driver's licenses beginning next June. The order was broadcast though Saudi Arabia's state television channel and would allow women the legal right to drive. The country is the only nation to outright forbid women from driving …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Deep Green Resistance, a direct action environmental group, filed a lawsuit on Monday seeking the US District Court for the District of Colorado to grant personhood status to the Colorado River. If personhood status is granted, the State of Colorado could be held liable for violating the river's rights. The complaint reads in part:Through …

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by Ram Eachambadi

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov warned on Monday that continued illegal settlements in East Jerusalem are threatening the hopes for a two-state solution in the area and undermining Palestinian belief in peace prospects. Mladenov's report highlights Israel's plans for developing more than 2,300 housing units in July, including …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a controversial education bill into law on Monday that makes Ukrainian the required language in state schols, among other things. Specifically, the law declares that Ukrainian will be the medium of instruction in all schools, eliminating options for minority languages such as Russian and Hungarian. Russia, Hungary and Romania, among others, …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported on Monday that human rights violations have significantly increased in Crimea since Russia began occupation over the territory in March 2014, with many violations committed by Russian state agents. The most significant change Russia made in Crimea is the implementation of Russian citizenship. Many oppose Russian citizenship …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The FBI released estimated crime statistics for 2016 on Monday, which revealed a 4.1 percent increase in violent crimes committed when compared to 2015. The report "is a statistical compilation of offense, arrest, and police employee data reported by law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) …

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