August 14, 2017 nº 1,895 - Vol. 14

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China urges Trump not to worsen situation

China's President Xi Jinping has urged Donald Trump and North Korea to avoid "words and actions" that worsen tensions, state media say. Trump and North Korea have been exchanging hostile rhetoric, with the US president threatening to rain "fire and fury" on the North. But China, North Korea's only major ally, has been urging restraint. A White House statement said the US and China agreed North Korea must stop "provocative and escalatory behavior".


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New law allowing TV testimony could face legal challenge

Victims and witnesses in criminal domestic violence cases in New Jersey can now testify by closed-circuit television under a new law enacted by Republican Gov. Chris Christie, yet the measure could face legal challenges, according to lawmakers and experts. The legislation passed the Democrat-led Assembly and Senate without any opposition and puts New Jersey in a class with at least one other state — Delaware — to allow television testimony from witnesses of any age. New York is also currently considering similar legislation. Other states allow such testimony for minors. The idea for the legislation stemmed from a desire to encourage victims to feel secure enough to report offenses to officials. But the new law could run afoul of the US Constitution's guarantee that defendants have a right to face accusers in court. The Supreme Court upheld a law allowing minors to testify remotely only narrowly and the court in 2004 strengthened the so-called Confrontation Clause.

No imminent threat of nuclear war

There is no imminent threat of a nuclear war with North Korea, the director of the US Central Intelligence Agency said, despite rising tensions. Mike Pompeo said Pyongyang was moving at an "ever-alarming rate" with its weapons program and another missile test would not be surprising. But he warned that Washington's "strategic patience" was over. Both sides have used hostile rhetoric, with Trump threatening "fire and fury" on the North.

Australian deputy PM reveals he may be New Zealand citizen

Australia's deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, has revealed that he may hold dual citizenship with New Zealand. Dual citizens are not allowed to run for public office under Australia's constitution. Joyce says he will ask the nation's High Court to rule on the matter, after receiving legal advice that he is not in breach of rules. PM Malcolm Turnbull's government risks losing its grip on power if Joyce is ruled ineligible. (Click here)

Illinois Governor signs legislation removing statutes of limitations on sexual abuse crimes

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 189 on Friday removing the statutes of limitations on certain sexual abuse crimes. The legislation amends chapter 38, sections 3-6, of the Illinois Criminal Code to eliminate a time guard for reporting felony sex crimes and sex crimes against children. Under the previous code a victim of these sex crimes had to report the crime within 20 years of reaching age 18.

Snapchat registered with Russian regulator 'unknowingly'

Snapchat's parent company says the US messaging app has been registered with Russia's technology regulator without its knowledge. Snap said that the Roskomnadzor agency had unilaterally put it on its register of information distributors. The move means Snapchat will be required to keep all messages for six months and make them accessible to the Russian security services. Snap said it had no intention of complying with the rule. Snap is the first Western social media company to find itself on the list. Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger have not been added. Russia's new data laws require "information distribution organizers" to register with the regulator and store users' data for six months. The requirements come into force next year. Companies must also hand over their encryption keys when asked, in line with Russian anti-terror legislation.

Washington Supreme Court upholds Seattle gun tax

The Washington Supreme Court upheld Seattle's tax on guns and ammunition sales on Thursday. The two individual gun owners and organizations bringing the suit argued that the tax was actually a state regulation on guns, which is prohibited by a Washington state law.

The Fed wants to make life easier for big-bank directors

In a flawed proposal, the regulator would reduce interactions between bank examiners and boards, giving managers more leeway to address internal ills.

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