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Canada PM urges stronger anti-terrorism laws in response to shooting
October 24, 2014
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced plans to strengthen Canada's anti-terrorism laws in a statement to the Canadian Parliament on Thursday. Harper's plans for increased security measures comes in response to an attack by a lone gunman on Canada's parliament and the National War Memorial....... [more]

Supreme Court of Canada rules torture victims cannot sue foreign countries
October 10, 2014
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that citizens cannot sue foreign governments for torture. Under the State Immunity Act, a foreign state is immune from the jurisdiction of any court in Canada, unless that state has waived such immunity. In the case at hand, a Canadian citizen visited Iran i....... [more]

Chile top court halts mining development for consultation
October 8, 2014
The Supreme Court of Chile on Tuesday halted the development of a gold and copper mine until proper consultation can be conducted with indigenous and local communities. The mine, owned by Canadian gold producer Goldcorp, is expected to be worth approximately USD $4 billion. However, the Diaguita co....... [more]

Seven arrested in $1.6 million StubHub fraud case
July 24, 2014
New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced Wednesday that police have arrested seven individuals on charges connecting them to an international group that defrauded the online ticketing service StubHub of approximately $1.6 million. Six of the seven arrests were made Tuesday, including three i....... [more]

Canada appeals court rules Khadr must be transferred from federal prison
July 9, 2014
The Alberta Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in favor of former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr, ordering that he be transferred from a federal penitentiary to a provincial correctional facility. Khadr, a Canadian citizen now age 27, was captured by US forces after being found fighting in Afghanista....... [more]

Quebec appeals court upholds conviction of Rwandan war criminal
May 8, 2014
The Court of Appeal of Quebec on Wednesday upheld the conviction of Rwandan Hutu Desire Munyaneza for war crimes committed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Munyaneza was convicted in May 2009 and sentenced the following October for seven counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes un....... [more]

Minnesota high court reverses conviction for encouraging suicide
March 20, 2014
The Supreme Court of Minnesota ruled Wednesday that part of a Minnesota statute prohibiting the advising or encouraging of suicide is unconstitutional. The court overturned the conviction of William Melchert-Dinkel, who was convicted in 2011 of two counts of aiding suicide, after a judge found he "i....... [more]

Federal judge rules Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages
February 13, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky ruled Wednesday that Kentucky must recognize valid out-of-state marriages between same-sex couples living in Kentucky. The case was brought by four same-sex couples living in Kentucky, who had been legally married in Canada or ot....... [more]

Guatemala ex-soldier sentenced to 10 years in US prison for ties to 1982 massacre
February 11, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Monday sentenced former Guatemalan soldier Jorge Sosa Orantes to a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for lying on his immigration forms about his role in a 1982 massacre in which around 200 people were killed. Orantes is....... [more]

HRW: Canada should investigate violence against indigenous women
January 31, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the Canadian government on Friday to institute an independent national inquiry into violence against women in the country. HRW also urged the government to establish greater accountability for cases of police misconduct. HRW found that the police have failed to adequat....... [more]

Canada Supreme Court strikes down anti-prostitution laws
December 20, 2013
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday struck down three of the country's anti-prostitution laws, finding that they violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. While prostitution is not illegal in Canada, the laws at issue banned keeping a brothel, living on the avails of prostitution, an....... [more]




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