The country's parliament has approved a bill giving control of the highest court to politicians instead of judges. All of the court's current judges face dismissal. The bill has drawn condemnation from the European Union and led to street protests.
The chief justice of the Philippines' Supreme Court, who has challenged many of President Duterte's controversial proposals, has been expelled from her post. Experts say it undermines the nation's judicial independence.
The US state of Iowa has approved a ban on most abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks. Other states have tried to introduce the measure, only to have it overruled by the US Supreme Court.
Poland is facing a March deadline to roll back recent reforms that threaten judicial independence or face EU sanctions. So far there has been little headway with Warsaw insisting it will stand its ground.
Tens of thousands of Poles have protested after lawmakers in the lower house passed a law handing control of the country's Supreme Court to politicians. The bill still has to pass the upper house.
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