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Legal news from Tuesday, August 15, 2006
16:08 EDT

[JURIST] A plan devised by Egyptian mediators calls for Israel [JURIST news archive] to release Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the return of an Israeli soldier held by Hamas [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Reuters reported Tuesday, citing an anonymous source. Under the proposal, Israel would free as many as [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled Tuesday that US tariffs on softwood lumber from Canada [JURIST news archive] violate international trade rules. The appellate report [PDF text] reverses April's panel decision favoring the United States [JURIST report], which Canada appealed. [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in Mississippi ruled Tuesday that Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company [corporate website] was not obligated to cover a policyholder's claims for water damage caused by Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. The trial was the first resulting from hundreds of lawsuits against insurance companies [JURIST report] that refused [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] British authorities on Tuesday arrested another suspect in connection with last week's foiled terror plot [JURIST report] 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 [official website] only disclosed that they had [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] is now requiring passenger data to be sent to US authorities before flights leave Britain [JURIST news archive] for the United States in the wake of last week's arrests for an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic flights [JURIST report], [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi [official profile] on Tuesday visited the Yasukuni war shrine [shrine website] on the anniversary of the day when Emperor Hirohito [PBS profile] surrendered World War II in 1945. The shrine honors all Japanese war dead, including war criminals, and Koizumi's visits to the shrine [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The ruling military junta in Myanmar [JURIST news archive] will resume negotiations for a new constitution [JURIST report] 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 [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A US federal court judge has released the Chicago Public Schools [school district website] from federal budgetary reporting oversight in respect of its desegregation efforts [CPS reports] more than 25 years after a 1980 agreement [CPS backgrounder] that required the schools to spend almost $100 million annually on desegregation, [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] 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 [official profile, in French; BBC profile] for residency applications. Sarkozy has spearheaded a drive to return the [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Three men were sentenced to death and five men to life in prison in Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] Tuesday for their involvement in a series of bombings on police, court and government buildings [JURIST report; BBC report] last year. All eight men are members of the Islamist militant group [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Ching Cheong [advocacy website; Wikipedia profile], chief China correspondent for Singapore's Straits Times [media website], went on trial Tuesday in China on charges of selling state secrets and spying for Taiwan [BBC report]. Though media in Hong Kong reported that the trial began at the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush on Monday signed a bill [HR 5863 summary; PDF text] into law that transfers ownership of a 29-foot cross on Mount Soledad [backgrounder] in San Diego to the federal government. The cross, which was erected as a Korean War veterans memorial, has been the center of a [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian appeals court ruled Monday that 11 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder] jailed since May after participating in pro-judicial independence protests [JURIST report] earlier this year should be released from detention [MB News report]. Detainees [JURIST report] ordered released include top Brotherhood members [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official website] 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 [Home Office materials]. Gonzales' order comes just one day after US Department of Homeland Security [read more]

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