24th Mar 2023


Helping illegal migrants is 'fraternal principle', says French court

France's Constitutional Court ruled Friday that helping someone, "regardless of the legality of their presence on national territory", falls under a "principle of fraternity" included in the French constitution. Referring to France's motto "liberty, equality, fraternity", judges said that a law under which Cedric Herrou, a farmer, was given a four-month suspended sentence last year for helping migrants at the Italian border did not respect the spirit of the constitution.

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EU's new critical raw materials act could be a recipe for conflict

Solar panels, wind-turbines, electric vehicle batteries and other green technologies require minerals including aluminium, cobalt and lithium — which are mined in some of the most conflict-riven nations on earth, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, and Kazakhstan.


Okay, alright, AI might be useful after all

Large Language Models could give the powers trained data-journalists wield, to regular boring journalists like me — who don't know how to use Python. And that makes me tremendously excited, to be honest.

Polish abortion rights activist vows to appeal case

Polish abortion rights activists Justyna Wydrzyńska was last week sentenced for giving abortion pills to a 12-week pregnant woman. She will appeal. But with a court stacked by politically-appointed judges, her chances of overturning it are slim.

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