Moldova court rules against presidential decree on new government

President Maia Sandu’s nomination of Natalia Gavrilita as prime minister for a second time after Parliament’s objection is unconstitutional, top court rules. Moldova’s constitutional court has said it is unconstitutional for President Maia Sandu to nominate Natalia Gavrilita as prime minister for a second time after Parliament had already voted to reject the nomination. Tuesday’s […]

White House Adjusts Rules to Encourage More Loans for Tiny Businesses: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: Downtown Nashville last week. Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program would attempt to steer more pandemic loans to the smallest businesses.Credit…Brett Carlsen/Getty Images Aiming to steer more federal aid to the smallest and most vulnerable businesses, the Biden administration is altering the Paycheck Protection Program’s rules, increasing the amount […]

Uber drivers are entitled to worker benefits, a British court rules.

Uber suffered an important labor defeat in its largest European market on Friday when Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that drivers must be classified as workers entitled to a minimum wage and vacation time. The case had been closely watched because of its ramifications for the gig economy, in which companies like Uber rely on a […]

Uber drivers are entitled to worker benefits, a British court rules.

Uber suffered an important labor defeat in its largest European market on Friday when Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that drivers must be classified as workers entitled to a minimum wage and vacation time. The case had been closely watched because of its ramifications for the gig economy, in which companies like Uber rely on a […]

Uber drivers are entitled to worker rights, UK’s top court rules

Ruling could have ramifications for millions of others in gig economy, and see drivers claim an average of $16,780 in compensation. A group of Uber drivers are entitled to worker rights such as the minimum wage, Britain’s Supreme Court decided on Friday in a blow to the ride-hailing service that could have ramifications for millions of others […]

‘No choice’: Hunger forces Zimbabweans break COVID lockdown rules

Harare, Zimbabwe – John Kwarabu, 36, knew he would be forced to stay at home when Zimbabwe’s authorities announced a 30-day coronavirus lockdown early last month. His job, hawking mobile phone appliances in the central business district of the capital, Harare, did not fall under essential service providers, the only population segment exempted from restrictions […]

France’s Macron rules out immediate troop drawdown from Sahel

French president says rushed exit from volatile region in West Africa would be a mistake, as Chad deploys reinforcements. President Emmanuel Macron has ruled out an immediate drawdown in France’s 5,100-strong Barkhane forces battling armed groups in the Sahel region of West Africa, describing a rushed exit as a mistake. Macron said he was pushing […]

Wall Street: Lawmakers urge SEC to toughen insider trading rules

Democratic senators are asking the US Securities and Exchange Commission to review rules for 10b5-1 plans, which allow executives to buy and sell company stock on predetermined days. Lawmakers are asking Wall Street’s top cop to review rules meant to prevent insider trading after new research suggested existing regulations may actually help some people trade […]

‘French Muslims will suffer’ under separatism rules, critics say

Paris, France – On October 2 last year, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a law against what he called “Islamist separatism” aimed at tackling “radical” movements in the country. He described Islam as a religion “in crisis” globally, as he sought to boost support for measures intended to regulate how the faith is practised in […]

Kobe Bryant crash: Pilot broke rules, was disoriented in clouds

US safety investigators said on Tuesday that the pilot of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter flew through clouds last year in an apparent violation of federal standards and likely became disoriented just before the helicopter crashed, killing Bryant and eight others. Pilot Ara Zobayan was flying under visual flight rules, which meant that he needed to be […]

Manafort Can’t Be Prosecuted in New York After Trump Pardon, Court Rules

The Manhattan district attorney’s attempt to prosecute former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman was dealt a final blow when New York’s highest court said quietly last week it would not review lower court rulings on the case. The court’s decision brings to an end the district attorney’s quest to ensure that the campaign chairman, […]

Anti-trust crackdown: China issues new rules targeting tech firms

The rules are likely to pressure firms such as Alibaba, JD.com, Ant Group and Tencent which dominate e-commerce in China. China’s market regulator has released new anti-monopoly guidelines aimed at internet platforms, tightening existing restrictions faced by the country’s technology giants. The new rules, published on Sunday, formalise an earlier anti-monopoly draft law released in […]

I.C.C. Rules It Has Jurisdiction to Examine Possible Israel War Crimes

JERUSALEM — The International Criminal Court on Friday determined that it has jurisdiction over the territories occupied by Israel in 1967, despite Israel’s insistence to the contrary, opening the way for an inquiry into allegations of Israeli, and Palestinian, war crimes in the region. The ruling by the I.C.C. in The Hague came six years […]

Olympics organisers unveil COVID rules for Tokyo Games

No singing, no dancing and masks at “all times” – these are some of the measures unveiled by the organisers of the Tokyo Olympics as part of a COVID-19 plan seeking to ensure the event goes ahead in a safe way. The roll-out of the first of a series of “playbooks” on Wednesday was aimed […]

Mesut Ozil rules out Germany comeback

Former member of the German national football team says will never play for them again. Mesut Ozil, one of the stars of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning side, has flatly ruled out a comeback for the national team as he signed a three-and-a-half contract with Turkish football club Fenerbahce. “I wish the German national team success, […]

Pakistan to ‘review’ controversial internet censorship rules

Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan’s government says it will review new internet regulations that rights groups have decried as a draconian measure to limit freedom of speech and increase internet surveillance. During a hearing on a petition challenging the legality of the Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (RBUOC) rules in the capital Islamabad on […]

Thousands of Australians defy coronavirus rules to mark ‘Invasion Day’

SYDNEY: Thousands of Australians defied coronavirus rules on Tuesday to protest the country’s national day, held on the anniversary of British colonization of the vast continent that its Indigenous population marks as “Invasion Day.”Officially recognized as Australia Day, January 26 also sees annual rallies drawing attention to the injustices faced by Indigenous people and calling […]

How COVID-19 has changed the rules of the game in the aid sector

Optimism bias is the belief that the future will be better, much better, than the past or present. And most of us display this bias. That is not a bad thing, of course. However, the negative side of optimism bias is that we underestimate risks and dismiss warnings. This is, partially, what got us here […]

McConnell Seeks Impeachment Trial Delay and Slows Senate Rules

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the minority leader, asked Democrats on Thursday to delay former President Donald J. Trump’s impeachment trial until mid-February, complicating their hopes of reaching a swift agreement to prevent the proceeding from interfering with the crucial first weeks of President Biden’s tenure. Mr. McConnell made the request […]

Macron rules out official apology for colonial abuses in Algeria

President, who once acknowledged French colonisation as a ‘crime against humanity’, rules out ‘repentance’ and ‘apologies’ as part of reconciliation. French President Emmanuel Macron has ruled out issuing an official apology for colonial abuses in Algeria, his office said on Wednesday, ahead of a crucial report on how France is facing up to its past […]

ECHR rules against Switzerland for fining, arresting Roma woman

In 2014, authorities in Geneva fined a woman $563 for begging and arrested her when she was unable to pay. The European Court of Human Rights has faulted Switzerland for imposing a heavy fine on a Romanian woman for begging and then arresting her when she could not pay. The ethnic Roma in her late […]

UK judge rules no discrimination after ‘Allahu Akbar’ written on training bomb

NEW YORK: The increasing number of people forced by the COVID-19 pandemic to work from home has generated a lot of attention on both the benefits and trials of working remotely. The UN’s International Labor Organization (ILO) has seized on this new awareness to highlight the predicament of what it estimates to be 260 million […]

Venezuela Supreme Court rules parliament’s term extension invalid

The court says the move by the opposition-controlled National Assembly to extend its term was invalid, paving the way for allies of President Nicolas Maduro to take over the body next month. Venezuela’s Supreme Court has ruled that a move by the opposition-controlled National Assembly to extend its term an additional year was invalid, paving […]

UK needs tighter COVID rules to avert catastrophe: Epidemiologist

Country, epicentre of new variant, entering ‘very dangerous new phase of the pandemic’, leading gov’t adviser says. Britain’s government needs to bring in tighter coronavirus lockdown rules to avert a fresh wave of deaths from a new strain of the disease, a leading epidemiologist and government adviser warns. Britain reported 41,385 new COVID cases on […]