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UK Top Court Aims to Rule Next Week on Parliament Shutdown

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused by one of the country's former leaders of obstructing Parliament by shutting down the legislature for five weeks, as a landmark Brexit case at the U.K. Supreme Court came to a head on Thursday. "The ...
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Revamped OxyContin Was Supposed to Reduce Abuse, but Has It?

WASHINGTON — Dr. Raeford Brown was uniquely positioned to help the U.S. government answer a critical question: Is a new version of the painkiller OxyContin helping fight the national opioid epidemic? An expert in pain treatment at the University of Kentucky...
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US Court Weighs if Climate Change Violates Children’s Rights

PORTLAND, Ore. — In a courtroom packed with environmental activists, federal judges wrestled Tuesday with whether climate change violates the constitutional rights of young people who have sued the U.S. government over the use of fossil fuels. A Justice Dep...
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Documents Shine Rare Light on Syrian Government Crackdown

BEIRUT — Thousands of documents purportedly collected from abandoned Syrian government offices during the country's civil war reveal the reach of President Bashar Assad's shadowy, labyrinthine security agencies as they spied on the population at large, sought ...