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MP blackmail claims add to UK's poor reputation overseas, says top lawyer
Allegations that MPs have been intimidated by their party whips compound damage done to Britain's reputation from threats by the government to deliberately break international law, observers have warned.
Digital Rights Updates with EFFector 34.1
Start the new year right by keeping up with the latest news on your digital rights! Version 34, issue 1 of our EFFector newsletter is out now.
ISIS Fighters Attack Syria Prison to Free Fellow Jihadists
The attack on a prison run by a U.S.-backed militia in northeastern Syria set off deadly clashes and highlighted the area's tenuous security.
Islamic State attacks prison in Syria and military base in Iraq
Islamic State has attacked a Syrian prison housing its suspected members and a military base in Iraq in near-simultaneous deadly operations that have revived fears of the terror group's resurgence.
I've been protesting all my life. It can feel futile, yet doing nothing is much worse | Polly Toynbee
hat a miracle that the House of Lords rose up and rebelled this week against the government's assault on protest.
UN chief: World worse now due to COVID, climate, conflict
As he starts his second term as U.N. secretary-general, Antonio Guterres said Thursday the world is worse in many ways than it was five years ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and geopolitical tensions that have sparked conflicts everywhere - but unlike U.S. President Joe Biden he thinks Russia will not invade Ukraine
New Hong Kong barristers' chief warns profession to stay out of politics
The newly elected leader of Hong Kong barristers says that his profession should avoid politics and build closer ties to mainland China, as concerns grow about rule of law in the financial hub.
Queer Councilmembers Secure Committee Assignments
The seven new members of the City Council's LGBT Caucus have received their committee assignments under City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams, and several of them have been tapped to serve as committee chairs.
DSA: EU Parliament Vote Ensures a Free Internet, But a Final Regulation Must Add Stronger Privacy Protections
The European Parliament had an important decision to make this week about the Digital Services Act (DSA).
European MEPs call for election observation mission to Hungary
A cross-party group of MEPs has called for a large-scale election observation mission to Hungary, citing fears about democratic standards.