New York set to legalize recreational cannabis, after lawmakers pass & Cuomo vows to sign bill

New York’s state legislature has passed a bill legalizing the use of recreational cannabis for adults aged 21 and older, while ending most pot-related arrests in the state. Governor Andrew Cuomo has pledged to sign the measure. The legalization bill passed the state Senate 40-23 on Tuesday and was approved by the state assembly in […]

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Russia & Japan could finally sign WWII peace deal as Tokyo says it is ready to continue negotiations over disputed Kuril Islands

Seventy-five years since fighting stopped, Russia and Japan could at last officially end WWII after Tokyo expressed hope that negotiations could continue despite Moscow’s refusal to hand over a disputed Pacific Ocean archipelago. At a briefing with journalists on Monday, Katsunobo Kato, the chief secretary of the country’s cabinet, suggested that the two countries could […]

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Thousands sign petition to rename Columbus, Ohio to ‘Flavortown’ after native son Guy Fieri

As the widespread conversation around police brutality and racial inequality continues into another week, statues of Columbus are being brought down across the nation to bring awareness to the cruelty he brought upon Indigenous people. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced earlier this week that the statue outside City Hall would be removed and placed in […]

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Public Employees Are Accused of Vandalizing Black Lives Matter Sign

A Sheriff’s Office employee and an investigative assistant with the District Attorney’s Office in Ventura County, Calif., were among three people who have been arrested after they were caught on video damaging a roadside Black Lives Matter sign, the authorities said. The authorities identified the three men after Max Meyers, 19, who hung the sign […]

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Good news for travellers as Russia & Belarus finally sign long-awaited deal on mutual recognition of visas

In broader European terms, it may be a niche, but overland travel to Russia and Belarus has long frustrated Western tourists. It has also kept both countries off the continent’s “inter-railing” circuit. The problem was that visitors needed two separate visas to enter both states. Even then, it wasn’t legally possible, for a third-country national, […]

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Trump to sign policing executive order on Tuesday – aide

US President Donald Trump is likely to sign an executive order on policing on Tuesday, his deputy assistant Ja’Ron Smith told reporters outside the White House, as Black Lives Matter protests continue across the country. Smith said that family members of victims of police violence may attend the signing, but that he did not want […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Is rare US military flight over Taiwan a sign of more to come?

A rare flyover of Taiwan by a United States military transport jet this week raised concerns it was the beginning of more frequent US flights to help the self-ruled island counter growing military threats from mainland China. While mainland analysts said the move appeared to be a test of Beijing’s reaction, Taiwan observers noted that […]

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Federal Arrests Show No Sign that Antifa Plotted Protests

At an initial protest, the three strapped on bulletproof vests, grabbed their rifles and waded into the crowd, hoping to provoke clashes between protesters and the police, according to court papers. One taunted police officers, yelling in their faces, while a second chided protesters “that peaceful protests don’t accomplish anything and they needed to be […]

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New York passes a police reform bill package that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign into law

This comes after two weeks of anti-police brutality protests nationwide as the country reels from the recent deaths of several black Americans at the hands of the police, including George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis last month after a white police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. “There is a moment […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwanese CPC, Pertamina sign deal for $8b petrochemical plant

State-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina signed on Friday a head of agreement with Taiwanese counterpart CPC to develop a petrochemical facility in Balongan, West Java. The $8 billion petrochemical facility, slated for commercial operation in 2026, represents the third phase expansion of Pertamina’s Balongan oil refinery. “This project is an important step in strengthening […]

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