July 7, 2010
by Patrice Collins
The French National Assembly on Tuesday began debate on a bill that would make it illegal to wear the Islamic burqa or other full face veils in public. Under the bill, women who wear the veil can be required by police to show their face, and, if they refuse, they can be forced to attend ...[read more]
June 30, 2010
by Patrice Collins
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Tuesday ruled in favor of Merck & Co. in a lawsuit filed by the state of Louisiana over reimbursements for the prescription painkiller Vioxx. Louisiana had argued that it would have restricted the sales of Vioxx ...[read more]
June 23, 2010
by Patrice Collins
A federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion filed on behalf of the Nigerian government seeking to formally observe the trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, accused of attempting to set off an explosive device on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 bound from Amsterdam to Detroit last Christmas. The ...[read more]
May 15, 2010
by Patrice Collins
The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), a small business lobby group, joined a lawsuit on Friday challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted health care reform law. The NFIB joins 20 states in a legal battle that began in March when a complaint seeking injunction ...[read more]
May 13, 2010
by Patrice Collins
Mobile phone maker HTC filed a complaint Wednesday against Apple with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to freeze the importation and sale of iPhones, iPads, and iPods. HTC, based in Taiwan, has accused Apple of infringing five patents, though it has not released details of the patents ...[read more]
May 12, 2010
by Patrice Collins
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) on Wednesday apprehended alleged Serbian war criminal Dragan Vasiljkovic in New South Wales. Vasilijkovic, also known as Daniel Sneeden, had been on the run since March 30 after the High Court ordered his extradition to Croatia. The AFP worked with the Dutch ...[read more]
May 12, 2010
by Patrice Collins
The lower house of the Kazakhstan parliament approved a constitutional amendment Wednesday to expand the powers of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The bill, which deems Nazarbayev leader of the nation, grants immunity for acts carried out while in office. It also makes it illegal to def... ...[read more]
April 26, 2010
by Patrice Collins
Chinese authorities have arrested a prominent Tibetan writer after he signed a letter critical of the Chinese government's relief efforts following the recent earthquake in the western Qinghai province, a family friend said Monday. Tra Gyal, who writes under the pseudonym Zhogs Dung, was reporte... ...[read more]
April 26, 2010
by Patrice Collins
Chinese authorities have arrested a prominent Tibetan writer after he signed a letter critical of the Chinese government's relief efforts following the recent earthquake in the western Qinghai province, a family friend said Monday. Tra Gyal, who writes under the pseudonym Zhogs Dung, was reporte... ...[read more]
April 23, 2010
by Patrice Collins
A top Chinese official on Thursday appealed to the nation's judges, urging them to be impartial when issuing rulings. Speaking in front of a national meeting of high court presidents in the Shaanxi Province, Central Committee of the Communist Party of China official Zhou Yongkang stressed the i... ...[read more]

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