[JURIST] US military officials said Sunday that five soldiers who refused to go on a supply mission in Iraq on October 13 will not be court-martialed. The soldiers, and other members of the Army's 343rd Quartermaster Company, were under investigation after refusing to make a supply run in a dangerous section of Iraq. The US general then in charge of the 13th Corps Support Command called the refusal an "isolated incident", but the company commander was subsequently relieved of duty and reassigned at her own request. The soldiers defended their actions by stating their transport vehicles lacked the proper armor needed for the mission. While the soldiers will not be court-martialed, other punishment is being considered. CNN has more.
[JURIST] Supporters of Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko maintained their siege of government buildings on Sunday. Yuschenko has encouraged supporters to keep up the pressure until President Leonid Kuchma fires Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and electoral reforms are approved to ensure that the new run-off on December 26 is fair. Parliament has already voted to sack Yanukovych, but Kuchma has not signed a decree formally dismissing him. Leaders from Poland and Lithuania are expected in Kiev this week for fresh mediation attempts. Reuters has more.
[JURIST] Romania has demanded that a US Marine previously employed as an embassy guard return to the country to face charges for killing a man while driving intoxicated. The Romanian Foreign Ministry has sent an official letter to the US Embassy in Bucharest requesting that diplomatic immunity be lifted and the Marine, who is currently at a US military facility, return for trial. Reuters has more.
[JURIST] Mexico has arrested 17 law enforcement officials including federal, state and local investigators, prosecutors and police officers, on charges of homicide, accessory to murder and protecting drug dealers. Some of those arrested are members of Mexico's Federal Agency of Investigation and the coordinator of the federal attorney general's headquarters. The charges stem from 9 murders in Cancun, including the deaths of 3 federal agents and are believed to be connected to the cocaine tradefrom Columbia to the United States. AP has more.
[JURIST] In exchange for Israel's release of six Egyptian students, Egypt Sunday freed Azzam Azzam, an Israeli Arab man serving a 15-year sentence for espionage. Azzam, a textile factory owner, was convicted in 1997 after police accused him of using invisible ink to transmit messages. Israel has denied he was an agent. The six Egyptian men were in Israeli custody after illegally entering Israel In August and plotting to kidnap and kill Israeli soldiers. This deal signals a possible warming of relations between the two nations. The Jerusalem Post has more.
[JURIST] Hungarians vote today on whether 2.5 million ethnic Magyars, living outside Hungary in Romania and Ukraine, should be granted Hungarian citizenship. Critics believe granting citizenship rights will cause mass migrations and drain the country's budget by burdening welfare, health and education programs. Opinion polls show that a majority of Hungarians support the initiative. The plan has stirred conflict in neighboring nations; Romania's president has declared the idea "insane." BBC News has more.
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