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Legal news from Sunday, November 19, 2006
by Caitlin Price

US Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) said Sunday he plans to introduce legislation in the next session of Congress to reinstate the military draft in the United States. Interviewed on CBS TV program Face the Nation, he said that military conscription would prompt lawmakers to think differently about deploying US troops abroad: "There's no …

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by Melissa Bancroft

The United States and Russia signed a landmark trade agreement Sunday bringing Russia one step closer in its 13-year drive for membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO). Under the agreement, Russia will lower import tariffs on American goods while the US pledged to improve its trade relations with …

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by Caitlin Price

Iran's parliament passed a bill Sunday instituting mandatory fingerprinting of all visiting US citizens. The predominantly conservative Majlis passed the bill by a margin of 135 to 26, and will next hand it to the Guardian Council for review before it is written into law. The legislation won approval despite the …

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by Leslie Schulman

Former Mexican Presidents Gustavo Diaz Ordaz (1964-1970), Luis Echeverria (1970-1976), and Jose Lopez Portillo (1976-1982) were responsible for "crimes against humanity" in connection with the massacres and tortures of hundreds of leftist activists during the 1960s and 1970s, according to an official report released Saturday by the Mexican government. …

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by Michael Sung

Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak called for the country's parliament to amend Article 76 of the Egyptian constitution Sunday amid criticism from the opposition that the article effectively protects the ruling party from genuine competition in the 2011 presidential elections. Mubarak made the announcement in a speech marking the opening …

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by Leslie Schulman

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales attacked critics of President Bush's domestic surveillance program in a speech at the Air Force Academy Saturday, saying their views are "shortsighted." Critics of the program, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), argue that the program violates …

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by Michael Sung

Humans Right Watch urged the Chinese government Sunday to be more transparent about its practice of removing transplant organs from executed prisoners after Vice Minister of Health Huang Jiefu admitted for the first time at a medical conference last week that most organs take from cadavers for transplants come from there "apart …

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