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UK PM threatens to leave EU if no welfare payments changes allowed
November 28, 2014
UK Prime Minister David Cameron in a speech Friday raised the possibility of the UK leaving the EU if other member state leaders block plans to restrict access to welfare payments for migrants. Cameron outlined proposed welfare reform which would block European migrants to the UK from receiving welf....... [more]

Commission decides Scotland to have more independent powers
November 27, 2014
UK's commission on strengthening devolution, the Smith Commission, concluded on Thursday that Scotland's parliament should have more independence in certain matters. The commission, which was set up by Prime Minister David Cameron, recommended that Scotland's parliament should have the power to de....... [more]

Amnesty urges Ireland to reopen UK torture case
November 25, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged the Irish government to petition the European Court of Human Rights to reopen the 1978 UK v. Ireland case following claims that the UK sanctioned torture. These allegations follow the airing of the RTE documentary "The Torture Files", which asserts that th....... [more]

Thailand editor sentenced for defaming king
November 24, 2014
A military court in Thailand on Monday sentenced web editor Nut Rungwong to four-and-a-half years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that the court ruled defamed the nation's king. Thailand's lese-majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten the monarchy, is one of....... [more]

UK Home Secretary announces new anti-terrorism bill
November 24, 2014
UK Home Secretary Theresa May on Monday outlined the new Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill to combat ongoing national security threats. The bill will expand the power of authorities to suspend outgoing and incoming international travel of persons that are reasonably believed to be traveling to com....... [more]

Swedish appeals court reissues arrest warrant for Julian Assange
November 23, 2014
A Swedish appeals court on Thursday upheld an arrest warrant to question Wikileaks founder Julian Assange about claims dealing with sexual assault. Assange has denied all the allegations behind the warrant and has taken refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has lived since June of 201....... [more]

EU high court advisor rejects UK challenge to banker bonus cap legislation
November 20, 2014
Advocate General Niilo Jaaskinen of the European Court of Justice issued an opinion Thursday endorsing an EU plan to cap bankers' bonuses. The UK had challenged the cap, which restricts bonuses to 100 percent of banker's pay or 200 percent with shareholder approval. The non-binding opinion rejected....... [more]

UK court allows Pakistani to sue over torture claim
November 19, 2014
A UK judge on Wednesday ruled that Yunus Rahmatullah, a Pakistani man held and detained for 10 years by UK and US forces in Afghanistan, could take legal action against the UK. The British Defense Ministry denied involvement with the case, arguing that the British courts did not have jurisdiction t....... [more]

UN rights expert condemns attack on West Jerusalem synagogue
November 18, 2014
The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process on Tuesday strongly condemned the attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem. The Special Coordinator, Robert Serry, called on all sides to do everything possible to avoid further escalation. The attack Tuesday killed at least four people, in....... [more]

Egypt court refers 5 students for military trial
November 17, 2014
An Egyptian court on Monday referred five students from Al-Azhar University to a military trial over a violent protest in January when part of a campus building was torched. The referral took place under a controversial new law passed last month, which expands the army's powers to try civilians, pla....... [more]

UK student found guilty of terrorism-related offense in semi-secret trial
November 17, 2014
Last week a law student was found guilty for a terrorism-related offense in the UK after a semi-secret trial. The Turkish-born student, Erol Incedal, was found guilty of possessing a bomb-making document that is likely useful to terrorists. Prosecutors sought to keep the trial secret on national sec....... [more]




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