August 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas on Friday struck down a provision of a sweeping state anti-abortion law that Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law in 2013. The provision, requiring Texas abortion clinics to meet hospital-level, ambulatory surgical center ...[read more]
August 28, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered the release of taped phone conversations about corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma. Zuma had applied to prevent the tapes from being released while the opposition party, Democratic Alliance, sought access to them. The case ...[read more]
August 27, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic on Wednesday announced key findings from the latest report on the status of the warring parities in Syria, which has resulted in widespread crimes against humanity and potential violations of international law. ...[read more]
August 27, 2014
by William Helbling
A three-judge panel from the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit heard arguments Tuesday on Wisconsin and Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage. The oral arguments lasted an hour and 40 minutes, during which judges directed tough questions to both sides. Some judges called the states' support ...[read more]
August 26, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The UN human rights office on Monday said that the Tanzanian government's system of placing children with albinism in government care centers does not provide this vulnerable group with adequate protection from those who target albinos due to erroneous beliefs and superstitions. The widespread ...[read more]
August 19, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A Somali police official on Monday reported that security forces arrested Somali pirate Mohamed Garfanji. Garfanji, second-in-command of Somalia's pirate industry, was arrested on Sunday for possessing illegal arms and other charges related to piracy. The Somali government implemented an ongoing ...[read more]
August 19, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A Florida coalition on Monday asked a judge to reject a newly proposed map of the state's congressional districts. The coalition, which includes the League of Women Voters of Florida, is suing to change the districts and called the new map "brazenly partisan." The map was passed by the Florida ...[read more]
August 14, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that a transgender man, who was legally married to a woman, may pursue a divorc from his wife within the Arizona court system. Thomas Beatie was born female but underwent medical procedures to change his sex and amend his birth certificate to recognize him as ...[read more]
August 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland on Tuesday upheld two key provisions of the Maryland Firearms Safety Act of 2013 that ban certain types of "assault weapons" and a limit gun magazines to 10 rounds. Judge Catherine Blake found that the state's law served the government' ...[read more]
August 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
A Moroccan court Tuesday sentenced human rights activist Ouafa Charaf to one year in prison after being convicted of falsely alleging that she had been tortured by police. Charaf was also fined ?4,500 (USD $6,000) by the court. According to Charaf, after leaving a solidarity sit-in in May with... ...[read more]

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