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Sudan is experiencing unprecedented levels of starvation: World Food Programme

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The World Food Programme (WFP) reported Thursday that Sudan is experiencing unprecedented levels of hunger and violence, with the nation’s conflict on the verge of becoming the world’s largest hunger crisis due to increased violent attacks by paramilitary groups. According to WFP, 18 million people are currently facing acute food insecurity in Sudan.

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Range Finder: How Do You Niche Down, When You're Already Practicing Law?

NCBA Law Practice Management Blog

Niche practices are successful, in part, because these effectively reduce competition for law firms, and also because it’s easier to market just one thing, rather than several. Now, it’s easy to build a niche practice right from the start of your law firm , because you can just pick what you want to do. But, if you’re already running a law practice, and want to niche down – the calculation becomes a bit more complex.

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Amnesty International calls on Madagascar authorities to release detained MP

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Amnesty International released a statement on Friday calling on the Madagascan authorities to release member of parliament Marie Jeanne d’Arc Masy Goulamaly, who the organization claims was arbitrarily arrested last month. The human rights organization demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Goulamaly, who was arrested on May 31 after protesting alleged voting irregularities in the May 29 legislative elections in Tsihombe.

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Order of Operations: Tracking Systems Come Before Paid Advertising

NCBA Law Practice Management Blog

It’s easy to get keyed up on a new paid advertising campaign you’re about to launch – especially if you’re one of the bold solo or small firm practitioners to actually be brave enough to launch one! But, if you haven’t built a formal intake program, through which you can track those online leads – it’s gonna be tough to measure the value of what you’re doing.

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Empower Your Firm: The Modern Guide To Litigation Financing

Litigation is expensive. Expert witnesses, depositions, staffing, and a long list of other expenses can limit your firm’s options. They strain cash flow, limit taking on new clients, and can even impact case strategy. This guide simplifies the complex world of litigation financing and compares different models and how they can impact the access to justice your firm provides to clients.

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New York passes legislation to curb ‘addictive’ social media algorithms for children

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New York state lawmakers passed legislation on Friday that would force major social media platforms to modify their policies and prohibit the use of “addictive” recommendation algorithms when deciding what children under 18 see in their social media feeds. Under the new legislation, social media companies would display content to younger users in chronological order.

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Vietnam increases outposts in disputed Spratly Islands: US-based think tank

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Vietnam has significantly expanded its outposts in the contested Spratly Islands during the past six months according to a report released Friday by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI). AMTI, a Washington-based think tank at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, found that Vietnam has created “ almost as much new land” in the islands over the past six months as it had in the previous two years combined.

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“For Years, an Esteemed Law Professor Seduced Students. Was He Too Important to Fire? Joshua Wright’s achievements drew millions in donations to his university, but complaints about his personal behavior and cozy ties with Google, Facebook and other tech giants went nowhere.”

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“For Years, an Esteemed Law Professor Seduced Students. Was He Too Important to Fire? Joshua Wright’s achievements drew millions in donations to his university, but complaints about his personal behavior and cozy ties with Google, Facebook and other tech giants went nowhere.” Brody Mullins of The Wall Street Journal has this report , part two in a three-part series.

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UN reports civilian casualties surge across Ukraine amid renewed ground offensive

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The civilian death toll in Ukraine last month rose sharply to 174, the highest in nearly a year amid a Russian ground offensive near the city of Kharkiv, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) said Friday. May’s civilian casualty numbers mark the highest monthly toll in the conflict since June 2023. The HRMMU report highlights that the significant increase in casualties, a 31 percent rise compared to April 2024, is largely attributable to intensified attacks by Russian a

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“In AI we trust: AI is already able to decide cases correctly.”

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“In AI we trust: AI is already able to decide cases correctly.” Adam Unikowsky has this post at his Substack site, “Adam’s Legal Newsletter.” The post “In AI we trust: AI is already able to decide cases correctly.” appeared first on How Appealing.

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Transforming eDiscovery: Document Summarization, Sentiment Analysis, And Chatbots Take Center Stage

A Synergistic Approach to eDiscovery In the space of eDiscovery, the convergence of document summarization, sentiment analysis, and chatbots represents a significant change in how legal professionals navigate and manage electronic information. These technologies not only expedite the review process but also empower legal teams with deeper insights into the emotional context and key information within electronic documents.

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European Commission finds Ukraine and Moldova meet criteria needed to negotiate EU membership

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The European Commission announced on Friday that Ukraine and Moldova have met all the requirements needed to start negotiating the countries’ EU membership. European Commission Spokesperson Ana Pisonero confirmed at a press conference that all the necessary criteria had been met by the two countries and that the decision to adopt the negotiation framework and move forward with the process now lies with them.

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Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, June 8, 2024

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Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, finance, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and online security, often without our situational awareness.

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Former India railway minister charged in land-for-jobs corruption case

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed its final charge sheet against former Indian Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav concerning a land-for-jobs scam. The scam, which revolves around the alleged exchange of railway jobs for land parcels, implicates 78 individuals, including Yadav’s wife, Rabri Devi, and son, Tej Pratap Yadav.

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Academic Position Paper on the Reform of the Brussels Ibis Regulation available on SSRN

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Burkhard Hess and his team at the University of Vienna recently finalised an Academic Position Paper on the Reform on the Brussels Ibis Regulation, which is now available on SSRN. They have kindly shared the following summary with us. The Brussels Ibis Reform project leading up the Academic Position Paper commenced with the formation of a Working Group within the European Association for Private International Law (EAPIL) in 2021, spearheaded by Burkhard Hess and Geert Van Calster.

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Recipe for a Failed CLM Implementation

Selecting and implementing CLM technology can be daunting, leading to underutilization or abandonment. Factors like provider differentiation, inadequate planning, and lack of user training contribute to these failures. Recognizing these pitfalls is crucial for successful adoption, ensuring organizations harness the full potential of CLM for streamlined contract management.

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India investigation agency arrests individual for conspiracy to exacerbate Manipur violence

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The National Investigation Agency of India (NIA) arrested Thongminthang Haokip on Thursday in relation to a transnational conspiracy to exacerbate violence in Manipur. The arrests were made on various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. According to the NIA, the conspiracy can be traced to Kuki insurgents, including the Kuki National Front (KNF).

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Will Hunter Take the Stand? He May Want to Think Twice Before Checking That Box

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This weekend, the Hunter Biden team is reportedly debating whether to have him take the stand on Monday, a move rife with risk. Most criminal defendants avoid such appearances given the potential damage of a withering cross examination. Those risks were evident in the recent testimony of Hunter’s daughter, Naomi, which backfired badly on key points.

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Reporters Without Borders demands immediate release of Vietnam journalist amid crackdown on press

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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Friday issued a call for the immediate release of Vietnamese independent journalist and political commentator Truong Huy San, commonly known as Huy Duc. RSF Asia-Pacific Bureau Director Cédric Alviani emphasized the importance of Huy Duc’s work in providing the Vietnamese public with access to censored information and stated that Huy Duc’s articles are crucial for enabling Vietnamese citizens to access information otherwise censored by the government.

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Justice Clarence Thomas officially discloses Harlan Crow sponsored luxury vacations

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US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas formally disclosed Friday two luxury vacations gifted from conservative billionaire and Republican mega-donor Harlan Crow in 2019. The disclosure came as part of a wider report concerning financial disclosures for justices on the high court. The vacations were added as an amendment to Justice Thomas’ 2019 financial disclosure form and were listed as having been “inadvertently omitted at the time of filing.” The two vacations listed were

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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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Yemen Houthi rebels detain 11 UN employees amid heightened tensions

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Houthi rebels have detained 11 UN personnel working in Yemen according to UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric on Friday. Dujarric confirmed the Yemeni authorities’ report that at least nine personnel had been detained, expressing grave concern over the situation. He stated, “We are very concerned about these developments, and we’re actively seeking clarification from the Houthi de facto authorities regarding the circumstances of these detentions and, most importantly, to ensure the immediate

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