August 9, 2011
by Chris Morris
A Ugandan court Tuesday acquitted opposition leader Kizza Besigye of charges of rioting and inciting violence. Besigye was arrested earlier this year in connection with protests against rising food and fuel costs. The protests were known as the "Walk to Work" protests because participants ...[read more]
August 9, 2011
by Chris Morris
The US International Trade Commission (USITC) announced Monday that it will investigate a claim made last month by Apple that HTC committed patent infringement related to touchscreen and scrolling features. Alleging that HTC violated section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 by importing copyrighted ...[read more]
August 9, 2011
by Chris Morris
Zimbabwe security forces are running illegal mining camps in the country's Marange area where recruited civilian workers are regularly tortured and forced into labor, the BBC reported Monday. According to the report, workers are subject to mauling by dogs, multiple beatings and rape. The camps, ...[read more]
August 9, 2011
by Chris Morris
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday that a torture suit against former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld can proceed. Two American citizens brought a cause of action recognized in Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics against Rumsfeld, ...[read more]
August 4, 2011
by Chris Morris
US President Barack Obama issued a directive Thursday barring war criminals and human rights violators from entering the country. Under the new proclamation, which took effect immediately, the Secretary of State determines which criminals or violators will be allowed into the US. Additionally, ...[read more]
August 4, 2011
by Chris Morris
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has vacated a previous ruling declaring Hazelton, Pennsylvania's immigration laws unconstitutional. Hazleton's Illegal Immigration Relief Act and Landlord Tenant Ordinance deny permits to businesses that employ illegal immigrants and fine landlords who ...[read more]
August 4, 2011
by Chris Morris
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Tuesday that former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld can be sued by a former US military contractor who claims he was tortured while imprisoned in Iraq. The man, whose identity remains concealed and who worked in Iraq as an ...[read more]
July 26, 2011
by Chris Morris
The North Carolina House of Representatives voted Tuesday to override a veto by Governor Beverly Perdue on legislation that would require a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion. With a 72-47 vote, the measure, known as the "Women's Right to Know Act," will now go to the Senate, which on ...[read more]
July 26, 2011
by Chris Morris
The UN Security Council's Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict expressed concern Monday about children's rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR). Citing abuses like rape and other sexual violence as well as recruitment in armed conflict, the council condemned armed rebel ...[read more]
July 26, 2011
by Chris Morris
American Atheists (AA), a group that supports the separation of church and state, filed a lawsuit Monday against the display of a cross at the World Trade Center (WTC) memorial. The cross, two intersecting beams found in the wreckage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was moved to the 9/11 Memorial ...[read more]

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