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Top Hong Kong court upholds government mask ban

Top Hong Kong court upholds government mask ban

World
Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Hong Kong's top court on Monday ruled in favor of the government's use of colonial-era emergency powers to institute a ban on face masks at protests, overturning a lower court's ruling that had found the prohibition unconstitutional. The five judges of the Court of Final Appeal unanimously ruled Monday that Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam was within her right in October of last year to use emergency powers not invoked since 1967 to ban face masks at protests, rallies and marches dealing a blow to the opposition. Advertisement The ruling overturns a judgement from the Hong Kong High Court, which said in November of last year that the ban was "incompatible" with the former British colony's constitution, stating the restriction on rights outweighed the danger masks pose...
US appeals court upholds Trump rules involving abortions

US appeals court upholds Trump rules involving abortions

Health
SEATTLE -- In a victory for the Trump administration, a U.S. appeals court on Monday upheld rules that bar taxpayer-funded family-planning clinics from referring women for abortions. The 7-4 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned decisions issued by judges in Washington, Oregon and California. The court had already allowed the administration's changes to start taking effect while the government appealed those rulings. The changes ban taxpayer-funded clinics in the Title X program for low-income women from making abortion referrals, a restriction opponents characterize as a “gag rule.” Beginning March 4, the rules will also prohibit clinics that receive federal money from sharing office space with abortion providers, which critics said would force many Title X provide...

Cambodian court upholds life sentence for critic’s killer

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Cambodia's Supreme Court has upheld a life prison term given to a man convicted of murdering a prominent government critic. The court on Friday rejected the appeal of Oeut Ang for a reduction in his sentence for shooting dead political analyst Kem Ley at a convenience store in the capital Phnom Penh in July 2016. Oeut Ang had claimed he shot Kem Ley over an alleged loan he failed to pay back. But there was widespread speculation the killing was politically motivated because of Kem Ley's caustic commentaries about Prime Minister Hun Sen and his government in the media. The killing took place shortly after Kem Ley spoke on radio about a report alleging that Hun Sen's family had taken advantage of its connections for financial gain.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: International
Egypt court upholds 20 death sentences in 2013 Kerdasa massacre

Egypt court upholds 20 death sentences in 2013 Kerdasa massacre

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Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A Cairo court on Monday upheld the death sentences of 20 inmates convicted of killing 17 people, most of whom were police officers, five years ago. Egypt's Court of Cassation, the country's top court, gave the final verdict to 20 members of the Muslim Brotherhood in their 2013 overthrow the administration of President Mohamed Morsi. The attack in the district of Kerdasa killed 14 police officers. Morsi was overthrown a month earlier in a security crackdown that killed hundreds. The court also upheld life imprisonment sentences for 80 defendants. A court sentenced 188 defendants to death in February 2015 for the massacre, and the Court of Cassation ordered retrials for 156 of them a year later. The court issued death sentences for 20 of them in April 2017, which later got...
Court upholds ban on Navalny running for Russian presidency

Court upholds ban on Navalny running for Russian presidency

World
Russia's highest court on Saturday upheld a decision barring opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running for president in March. The Supreme Court turned down Navalny's appeal against the Central Election Commission, ruling that the commission's decision to bar him from the race fully conforms to law. President Vladimir Putin, whose approval ratings top 80 percent, is expected to easily win a fourth term in the March 18 election. Navalny has campaigned for the presidency all year despite an implicit ban on his candidacy due to a fraud conviction seen by many as politically driven. Election officials formally barred him from the ballot Monday. Navalny responded by calling for a boycott of the vote, and the Kremlin said authorities will look into whether such a call violates the law. In a...