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Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Friday, October 1

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Friday, October 1.

Today is the birthday of US Chief Justice William Rehnquist. He turns 80 and becomes the second-oldest chief justice in the nation's history, surpassed only by Roger Taney, who stayed on until he died in office at age 87 in 1864. AP has more.

On Capitol Hill, the US Senate will meet at 9:30 AM ET and will resume consideration of the Intelligence Reform Bill (S 2845). Watch a live webcast (via C-SPAN).... The US House is not considering any legislation today.

At the UN in New York, the Security Council meets at 3:30 PM ET to consider the situation in Iraq, in particular a letter from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommending new security arrangements for the UN Assistance Mission in that country, including the provision by member states of three guard units of up to 160 armed civilian police, paramilitaries, or military personnel. Read the letter here [PDF].

Internationally, the final phase of Britain's Disability Discrimination Act, which requires service providers to remove physical barriers that make it impossible or unreasonably difficult for a disabled person to use a service, takes effect Friday. BBC News has more.... Spain's cabinet is expected to approve a bill to amend the Spanish civil code to allow same-sex marriage. Once approved by the cabinet, the bill will go to parliament for debate. Reuters has more.

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