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The Justice Department on Wednesday threw out a Trump-era ruling that essentially blocked access to asylum for immigrants fleeing domestic violence in their home countries.

Why it matters: Violence against women is on the rise in Latin America. "[A]round the world, in Central America and elsewhere, women struggle to have governments ensure, or in some cases recognize, their right to protection," Human Rights Watch writes.

  • "In some countries, criminal law does not adequately address" the issue, leaving rates of domestic violence high and pushing survivors to seek asylum elsewhere, per HRW.

State of play: To gain asylum, migrants have to prove a credible threat of gang violence or persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a social group.

  • A previous court ruling recognized a specific group of domestic violence survivors as eligible for asylum based on membership in a social group, defined as married women in Guatemala unable to leave their relationships.
  • Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions overruled the decision in a case involving an asylum-seeker who made persecution claims based on membership in a similar group: El Salvadoran women unable to leave domestic relationships due to shared children with an abusive partner.

What they're saying: Attorney General Merrick Garland vacated Sessions' ruling on Wednesday, writing in his decision that "the issues should instead be left to the forthcoming rulemaking, where they can be resolved with the benefit of a full record and public comment."

What's next: The Biden administration is expected to release asylum-related regulations or rules this fall, per BuzzFeed.

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Sep 22, 2021 - World

India's Supreme Court allows women to apply to top defense academy

Indian Women Army officers pose for a photograph in New Delhi, India. Photo: Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Starting in November, women in India will be allowed to take the entrance examination for the national defense academy for the first time, India's Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, per AP.

Why it matters: The ruling marks a landmark achievement in the push to allow women into the premier academy that churns out the country's top army, navy and air force commanders and become full-time officers, according to the New York Times.

1 hour ago - Technology

Facebook changes corporate name to Meta

Screen shot of CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's "Connect" virtual event

CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the social media giant is renaming its company Meta.

Why it matters: The effort is meant to shift its image from a social media platform to a “metaverse” company that focuses on building virtual work and social communities.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
2 hours ago - Economy & Business

Filings show Sweetgreen isn't profitable, despite claims

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Restaurant chain Sweetgreen on Monday filed to go public, and revealed that it lost money in each year since 2014.

Why it matters: The company lied when it repeatedly told reporters it was profitable.