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Ethiopia’s Tigray Region to Holds Poll, Defying Federal Government | World News

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region will head to the polls on Wednesday in defiance of the federal government, the latest challenge to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed from a slew of regional leaders flexing their muscles ahead of next year’s national elections.

Abiy has overseen sweeping democratic reforms since taking power in Africa’s second most populous nation two years ago. But the federal government – and major opposition parties – agreed to postpone national and regional elections due in August until the COVID-19 pandemic was under control.

Tigray, whose leaders dominated the previous administration and have often bitterly denounced Abiy, announced it would hold elections anyway.

“We know there is an open threat by Abiy to militarily intervene against Tigray and to cut funds, but we will still go ahead with the vote,” said Getachew Reda, a former federal information minister and now a spokesman for the Tigray

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Worcester lawyer Paul DePalo in line for seat on Governor’s Council – News – telegram.com

Paul DePalo appeared on his way to taking over the Worcester County seat on the Governor’s Council.

With 253 of 254 precincts reporting, the tally in the 7th District was 72,847 votes (62.5%) for DePalo and 43,750 votes (37.5%) for Rafferty, according to the Associated Press.

This year there are no Republicans in the running, putting all the focus on Tuesday’s primary.

In Worcester, Democratic primary voters handed DePalo a 14,657 to 9,158 win over Rafferty.

The 7th District seat has been empty for almost a year. Five-term incumbent Jennie L. Caissie, a Republican of Oxford, resigned from the council in October to become clerk magistrate of Dudley District Court.

The Governor’s Council, consisting of eight elected members, approves gubernatorial appointments for judges,

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Political Notebook: LaWall intervention in prison initiative angers; Huckelberry lashes out over World View; Grijalva back | Local news

“What’s not normal is when you go into court to rehabilitate signatures, to show that signatures are valid, that you have opposition from the county recorder, and then you also have Barbara LaWall involved,” said Roopali Desai, the attorney who represented the initiative’s supporters.

LaWall, who leaves office at the end of December after 24 years as county attorney, said she opposed the initiative because she doesn’t want the state to rewrite state statutes on victims’ rights and sentencing via the initiative process.

“I am not opposed to criminal justice reform. I am not opposed to prison reform. I am not opposed to giving people second chances,” she said.

“Writing statutes and putting them on the ballot as initiatives is a bad way to make criminal justice policy.”

“In this particular case, it (the initiative) overturns some of the mandatory sentencing laws, it overturns truth in sentencing,” she said. “There

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Nobody denies Johnson’s government is incompetent. But do enough voters care? | UK news

This government is a shambles. More and more people say so: not just Keir Starmer but Tory backbenchers, not just Piers Morgan but the Financial Times, not just leftists on Twitter but the Daily Mail. The list of Boris Johnson’s failures – over coronavirus and in just about every other policy area – gets longer every week. Ministers are objects of mockery and contempt.

Government incompetence matters, especially during a pandemic. But it’s also an easy charge to make – almost too easy. It comes naturally to disillusioned voters, who don’t trust politicians anyway; to civil servants, with scores to settle after government cuts; and to journalists, who enjoy judging the powerful and describing Whitehall meltdowns.

Accusing Boris Johnson’s government of ineptness suits a broad range of political interests, too. All those inside and outside his party who warned for years that he would make a disastrous premier can

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In major shift, state Human Rights Commission broadens LGBT protections statewide – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Kansas Human Rights Commission moved Friday to begin considering discrimination claims from LGBT Kansans in employment, public accommodation and housing, a significant ruling that may be challenged in court.

In an email to state legislators Friday, KHRC executive director Ruth Glover said that the move was part of the body’s interpretation of the June Bostock v. Clayton U.S. Supreme Court decision, which ruled that sexual and gender identity were covered under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, also known as Title VII.

That ruling, handed down in June, meant that a person could not be fired or discriminated against by employers for their sexual or gender identity.

“An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the majority opinion. “Sex plays a necessary and

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UK Government Health Advisers Say Missing School Is Greater Risk to Kids Than COVID | World News

LONDON (Reuters) – The chief medical officers of the United Kingdom have said children should return to school after the summer holidays, warning that missing out on their education posed much bigger risks to them than catching COVID-19.

The rare joint statement from the top health advisers to the governments of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland represents a boost for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who has said getting children back to school is a national priority.

Confidence in the government’s approach to schooling during the coronavirus pandemic took a hit last week when education minister Gavin Williamson was forced into an embarrassing U-turn over examination results.

“Very few, if any, children or teenagers will come to long term harm from COVID-19 due solely to attending school,” they said. “This has to be set against a certainty of long-term harm to many children and young people from not attending

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Along the Way: Italian American Society’s building heading for auction – News – The Columbus Dispatch

On Step. 16, it will be “Ciao and Grazie” for a half-century Ravenna landmark, the building at the corner of South Chestnut Street and Hazen Avenue that has been home for the Italian American Society, which is going up for auction.

In an era in which younger Americans are no longer the joiners their parents and grandparents once were, the Italian American Society’s dwindling membership makes maintaining and operating the building no longer feasible, two of its leaders, attorney Stephen Colecchi and businessman Charles Garro, said when telling of the building’s impending sale.

Both said the Italian American Society’s members have voted to sell. The proceeds from any sale will be used for a not-for-profit purpose because the Italian American Society is a not-for-profit organization.

“I am in the Elks and they are having the same problem,” Garro, the owner of Garro Tire, said. Colecchi, who for years was president

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Judge Allows Ex-Ohio House Speaker More Time to Find Lawyer | Political News

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The former speaker of the Ohio House can take more time to find a permanent lawyer to defend him against a charge related to an alleged $60 million bribery scheme, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Republican Rep. Larry Householder and four others are accused of shepherding $60 million in energy company money for personal and political use, in exchange for passing a legislative bailout of two nuclear power plants and then derailing an attempt to place a rejection of the bailout on the ballot.

Four defendants pleaded not guilty earlier this month to the charge that they conspired as part of what one defendant called an “unholy alliance” aimed at saving the plants.

A judge allowed Householder to delay that Aug. 6 court appearance to find a new attorney. Householder’s current attorney, Dave Thomas, says he has an unspecified conflict of interest and must drop off

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Indian Lawyer, Convicted by Supreme Court Over Tweets, Faces Deadline | World News

By Devjyot Ghoshal and Aditya Kalra

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – One of India’s most prominent lawyers faces a Monday deadline to apologise to the Supreme Court or risk jail in a case testing the judiciary’s openness to criticism and sparking a debate on freedom of speech in the world’s largest democracy.

Prashant Bhushan, 63, was found guilty of criminal contempt for attempting “to scandalize the entire institution” with Twitter posts depicting the chief justice on a motorcycle while the court’s work was curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and criticising previous top judges.

The top court on Thursday ordered Bhushan, who has championed public interest litigation, to issue an “unconditional apology” by Monday. He faces up to six months in jail or a fine of 2,000 rupees ($27) or both.

“Any apology would be insincere,” Bhushan told Reuters, declining to comment further as the matter is before the court.

He

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