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Legal news from Tuesday, August 15, 2006
by Joe Shaulis

A plan devised by Egyptian mediators calls for Israel to release Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the return of an Israeli soldier held by Hamas, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing an anonymous source. Under the proposal, Israel would free as many as 600 Palestinians, including women and children, while Hamas would hand …

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by Joe Shaulis

The Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled Tuesday that US tariffs on softwood lumber from Canada violate international trade rules. The appellate report reverses April's panel decision favoring the United States, which Canada appealed. The Appellate Body found that the US method of calculating …

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by Joe Shaulis

A federal judge in Mississippi ruled Tuesday that Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company was not obligated to cover a policyholder's claims for water damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. The trial was the first resulting from hundreds of lawsuits against insurance companies that refused to pay for some Katrina-related damage. After an eight-day bench …

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by Jaime Jansen

British authorities on Tuesday arrested another suspect in connection with last week's foiled terror plot to blow up jetliners headed for various airports in the United States, bringing the number of arrested suspects up to 25. London's Metropolitan Police Service only disclosed that they had made an arrest in the Thames Valley, and did not …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now requiring passenger data to be sent to US authorities before flights leave Britain for the United States in the wake of last week's arrests for an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic flights, notwithstanding obstacles posed by European privacy laws. Homeland Security Secretary …

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by Jaime Jansen

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Tuesday visited the Yasukuni war shrine on the anniversary of the day when Emperor Hirohito surrendered World War II in 1945. The shrine honors all Japanese war dead, including war criminals, and Koizumi's visits to the shrine on previous occasions have not only angered neighboring China and …

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by Jaime Jansen

The ruling military junta in Myanmar will resume negotiations for a new constitution this fall, Myanmar Ambassador to the Philippines Thaung Tun said Tuesday. Tun told journalists that the constitution is 75 percent complete, and that the parties have "agreed on the basic principles of the new constitution," which include a person in a …

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by Jaime Jansen

A US federal court judge has released the Chicago Public Schools from federal budgetary reporting oversight in respect of its desegregation efforts more than 25 years after a 1980 agreement that required the schools to spend almost $100 million annually on desegregation, including after-school programs, summer school and bilingual projects. US District …

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by Jaime Jansen

Some 24,000 illegal immigrants with school-age children are waiting to learn whether they will be deported from France after the expiration of a Monday deadline set by French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy for residency applications. Sarkozy has spearheaded a drive to return the immigrants to their home countries, and the French government has …

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by Jaime Jansen

Three men were sentenced to death and five men to life in prison in Bangladesh Tuesday for their involvement in a series of bombings on police, court and government buildings last year. All eight men are members of the Islamist militant group Jamaat-ul Mujahideen, which wants to turn Bangladesh into …

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by Jaime Jansen

Ching Cheong, chief China correspondent for Singapore's Straits Times, went on trial Tuesday in China on charges of selling state secrets and spying for Taiwan. Though media in Hong Kong reported that the trial began at the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court, court officials denied knowledge of the trial. Chinese …

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by Jaime Jansen

President Bush on Monday signed a bill into law that transfers ownership of a 29-foot cross on Mount Soledad in San Diego to the federal government. The cross, which was erected as a Korean War veterans memorial, has been the center of a religious dispute for 17 years because Philip Paulson, …

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by Jaime Jansen

An Egyptian appeals court ruled Monday that 11 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood jailed since May after participating in pro-judicial independence protests earlier this year should be released from detention. Detainees ordered released include top Brotherhood members Issam al-Arian and Mohamed Morsi. Over 500 protesters were arrested …

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by Jaime Jansen

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday directed the US Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy and Office of Legal Counsel to conduct a comparative review of American and British anti-terrorism laws. Gonzales' order comes just one day after US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff suggested that US …

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