November 30, 2009
by Safiya Boucaud
Swiss voters on Sunday approved a proposal to ban the construction of minarets. The results of the nationwide referendum revealed that more than 57 percent of Swiss voters support the constitutional ban against the construction of the Islamic towers. In response to the vote, the Swiss Federal ...[read more]
November 28, 2009
by Safiya Boucaud
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday upheld the right of Wal-Mart Inc., the world's largest retailer, to close its operations in Jonquiere, Quebec, shortly after a union attempted to organize employees in 2005. In a 6-3 decision, the court held that there was no law or precedent that forced an... ...[read more]
November 28, 2009
by Safiya Boucaud
Enforcement of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was delayed Friday until June 1, 2010, according to a joint statement from the US Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve. The UIGEA, which bans banks and financial institutions from intentionally accepting payments from ...[read more]
November 24, 2009
by Safiya Boucaud
China announced on Tuesday that two people had been executed for their roles in last year's melamine tainted milk scandal, in which almost 300,000 children were sickened and at least six were killed. The two men, Zhang Yujun and Geng Jinping, were found responsible for selling at least three m... ...[read more]
November 23, 2009
by Safiya Boucaud
The Afghan attorney general's office announced on Monday that two Afghan cabinet ministers are being questioned on corruption charges. The ministers are suspected of embezzlement and are among 15 government officials currently under investigation. The announcement came a week after President Ham... ...[read more]
November 22, 2009
by Safiya Boucaud
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Court has sentenced former vice president and reformer Mohammad Ali Abtahi to six years in jail for his role in the unrest that followed the disputed June 12 presidential elections, according to Iranian news agencies Saturday. Abtahi, who had been in custody since... ...[read more]
November 16, 2009
by Safiya Boucaud
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Friday invoked his authority to bar public disclosure of about 40 photos depicting the abuse of Afghan and Iraqi detainees by US soldiers. The move was followed by a notification and request by the Obama administration asking the US Supreme Court to set aside ...[read more]
November 10, 2009
by Safiya Boucaud
President of the Honduran National Congress Jose Alfredo Saavedra said Monday that lawmakers will most likely not make a decision about whether to restore ousted president Manuel Zelaya before the country's presidential elections take place later this month. Saavedra said that congress is awaiti... ...[read more]
November 8, 2009
by Safiya Boucaud
Rival political parties in Sudan have accused each other of fraud, torture, intimidation, and sabotage as voters began registering Sunday for the first democratic multi-party elections in almost a quarter of a century, slated for April of next year. The dominant National Congress Party (NCP) has ...[read more]
November 3, 2009
by Safiya Boucaud
Judges of the Supreme Court of India on Monday voluntarily made public disclosures of their financial assets. The assets of 21 of the current judges have been posted on the official court website in an effort to increase judicial transparency. This voluntary listing of assets comes after months ...[read more]

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