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Legal news from Sunday, October 29, 2006
by Caitlin Price

Last-minute voter turnout pushed the proposed new Serbian constitution over the required 50% margin for adoption late Sunday. The two-day referendum on the draft charter, which includes a controversial preamble asserting Serbia's ongoing claim to Kosovo, got off to a slow start on Saturday, with only 17.81% of eligible voters casting ballots. Preliminary Sunday polls …

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by Michael Sung

Israeli President Moshe Katsav Sunday evening rejected a recommendation issued earlier in the day by Israeli Attorney General Menahem Mazuz that he voluntarily suspend his presidential duties pending the conclusion of a criminal investigation into alleged sexual harassment. In a legal opinion, Mazuz had informed the country's Supreme Court that the …

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by Melissa Bancroft

China's legislature Saturday finished the unprecedented sixth reading of a landmark private property bill intended to protect state, collective and private property. If the National People's Congress passes the legislation next March as anticipated, it will be the first bill in China's history to specifically protect private ownership. The controversial bill has already …

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by Caitlin Price

A UK proposal to criminalize flag burning has drawn the ire of human rights groups, according to the BBC Sunday. The idea, submitted by Scotland Yard to Attorney General Lord Goldsmith, is aimed at curbing unruly protestors and suppressing opportunities for incitement to violence by banning flag burning in general as well as requiring protestors to keep …

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by Leslie Schulman

More than 300 prisoners now held by the US at Guantanamo Bay could remain there under US military detention for the rest of their lives, DOD Deputy Assistant Secretary for Detainee Affairs Charles "Cully" Stimson told Reuters during a routine visit to the base last week. Of the 435 prisoners currently held at the US …

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by Michael Sung

Jaafar al-Mussawi, chief prosecutor in the trial of Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity, said Sunday that the trial verdict could once again be delayed. The Iraqi High Tribunal had postponed the original October 16 verdict until at least November 5, but could now delay the announcement of the …

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by Leslie Schulman

Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. (KBR) has been violating a US Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) direction on classifying proprietary data by claiming protection for information normally in the public sphere, according to a report issued Friday by Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen Jr.. Bowen …

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by Leslie Schulman

Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. (KBR) has been violating a US Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) direction on classifying proprietary data by claiming protection for information normally in the public sphere, according to a report issued Friday by Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen Jr.. Bowen …

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