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Legal news from Saturday, June 10, 2006
by Stefanie Presley

Serge Brammertz, deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and head of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission probing the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, delivered the panel's latest report to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Saturday and noted …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The US Army has announced that three as-yet-unidentified Guantanamo detainees died early this morning local time in apparent multiple suicides. An official investigation is already underway. These are the first suicides confirmed among prisoners at Guantanamo Bay since the facility housing US terror suspects at the naval station there was opened in 2002. A US Southern …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday set July 26 as the date for a referendum in which Palestinians will vote on whether to establish a Palestinian state and implicitly recognize Israel. Palestinians will vote on the "national reconciliation" document, which was written by detainees from Palestinian factions who are serving time in Israeli …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The number of worldwide refugees reached its lowest number since 1980 in 2005, but the overall number of internally displaced people in the world has increased dramatically, according to a report released Friday by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In 2005, 8.4 million people were counted …

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by Brett Murphy

An internal report conducted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and released Friday has concluded that UN authorities were not at fault and there was no criminal conduct in the March 5 suicide of Croatian Serb leader Milan Babic. The investigation began after Serbian Foreign Minister …

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by Holly Manges Jones

A federal appeals court ruled Friday to suppress three documents which contained information that the US Department of the Interior allegedly destroyed documents related to a class-action lawsuit brought by Native Americans, who claim they are owed tens of billions of dollars. The plaintiffs filed the lawsuit ten years ago, …

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by Brett Murphy

The US Food and Drug Administration said Friday that new rules requiring wholesalers to be able to track prescription drugs will take effect in December. The rules stem from the Prescription Drug Marketing Act of 1987, a law aimed at combating drug counterfeiting. The FDA has so far been unable to fully …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Friday to allow two anti-abortion health care groups to intervene in a California lawsuit regarding the federal Weldon Amendment, which prohibits federal money from going to federal, state and local governments that discriminate against health care service providers not offering abortion [JURIST …

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