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Myanmar Junta enforces compulsory military service amid widespread armed opposition

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Myanmar’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, announced Saturday the enforcement of the People’s Military Service Law , which requires all men between the ages of 18 and 35 and women between the ages of 18 and 27 serve in the military for a minimum of two years. The activation of the People’s Military Service Law follows a series of defeats for the military junta in recent months.

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Thomson Reuters Is Shutting Down Its Firm Central Law Practice Management Software

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Thomson Reuters is shutting down its Firm Central law practice management software and will discontinue support for the product after Sept. 30, 2024. Thomson Reuters launched Firm Central in 2013 at a media event in its then-headquarters in Eagan, Minn., as its answer to a then-growing crop of cloud-based practice management software such as Clio, which launched in 2008 , MyCase, which launched in 2010, and LexisNexis Firm Manager, which LexisNexis launched in 2011 and then shut down in 2017.

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UK Parliament report details need for oversight of independent regulators post-Brexit

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The House of Lords Industry and Regulators Committee published a 76 page report Thursday detailing “widespread concerns about the accountability of regulators” and suggesting the formation of a new independent statutory Office for Regulatory Performance. The report, titled “Who watches the watchdogs?,” discusses the implications that Brexit has had on independent regulators.

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Out now: New International Commercial Courts

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Over the past two decades, various jurisdictions around the world have created new specialised domestic courts to resolve international commercial disputes. Located in the Gulf region (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar), in Asia (Singapore, China, Kazakhstan) and in Europe (Germany, France, the Netherlands), these courts enrich the current landscape of the resolution of international commercial disputes.

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Contract Lifecycle Management: A Business Enabler Exploring On-Ground Challenges

CLM tools have always strived to push contract management into the digital age for almost 30 years. But the complexities of digitising a legal document are numerous. The current scenarios in business development have shown that having a fully automated CLM has become a mandate for every law firm and in-house legal department. To determine if you need a CLM system, it's essential to clearly identify the on-ground business challenges you aim to solve.

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Panama rejects Nicaragua request of safe passage for ex-president

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The Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Friday that it denied the request from the Nicaraguan government to provide safe passage for ex-president Ricardo Martinelli to leave the country after the Nicaraguan government granted asylum to the former Panamanian leader on Wednesday. The ministry also made a statement that it has summoned the Nicaraguan Ambassador to Panama and that the cancellation of the request for safe-passage had been made “based on the provisions of Article 1

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Human rights organizations release report alleging mass civilian casualties during Russia siege of Mariupol, Ukraine

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Human Rights Watch (HRW), SITY Research and Truth Hounds released a report Thursday on the Russian military assault on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol between February and May 2022, alleging numerous civilian casualties, with some resulting from potentially illegal attacks and hundreds of thousands left without essential services for weeks. According to the report, in February 2022, Russia initiated a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, targeting the city of Mariupol.

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“That is Not the Judgment of the Press”: The White House Calls the Media to Heel With Disinformation Campaign

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“The is not the judgment of the press.” Those words from President Joe Biden were a telling moment after a reporter noted that there is widespread concern that he is mentally diminished. Biden’s cranky response was overshadowed by his confusion on other points during the press conference, including mixing up the presidents of Egypt and Mexico.

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Two killed in clashes between protestors and authorities in Senegal after election suspension

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Senegal’s Interior Ministry announced Saturday that one student was killed at Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis, and Agence France Presse (AFP) released an exclusive report alleging that another man was killed in Dakar as protests continue throughout Senegal in the wake of the Senegalese Parliament’s decision to postpone the national election.

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New Filing Accuses Fani Willis of Misrepresenting the Date of her Affair with Nathan Wade

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There was a notable filing in the ongoing scandal in Georgia over the intimate relationship between Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis and her subordinate special prosecutor Nathan J. Wade. Defense lawyer, Ashleigh Merchant, claims to have an affidavit that Willis lied about when the relationship began — a critical fact in her defense against ethical allegations.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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European Commission begins drafting new guidelines to combat election disinformation

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The European Commission (EC) announced Thursday that it is drafting new Digital Service Act (DSA) guidelines on false information aimed to strengthen and protect election integrity. The guidelines are being drafted under Article 35 of the DSA , which empowers the commission and Digital Services Coordinators of the Member States to “issue guidelines (…) to present best practices and recommend possible mitigation measures.” This is the first time that guidelines have been introdu

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UN representative condemns attacks against peacekeeping mission personnel in DRC

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UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bintou Keita in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) condemned a series of attacks targeting UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) personnel in a statement on X (formerly Twitter) on Saturday. Keita said that “Weakening MONUSCO means strengthening the negative forces that it is fighting with its Congolese partners (FARDC, PNC)” and that the violence can constitute war crimes.

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Israel claims Hamas tunnels found under UN agency headquarters in Gaza

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Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on X (formerly Twitter) on Saturday that it discovered a tunnel in Gaza linking two buildings belonging to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinians in the Near East (UNWRA). The IDF claims that the tunnel was used by “terrorist[s]” in the ongoing war with Hamas. The 700-meter tunnel was discovered between a UNWRA school and the agency’s headquarters in Gaza City.

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