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Legal news from Saturday, December 16, 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

Raed Juhi, the Iraqi judge who presided over the investigative stage of the legal proceedings against ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, said Saturday he was stepping down from that position after the other judges of the Iraqi High Tribunal chose another judge of that court to succeed him. The position of chief …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Russian police Saturday arrested several dozen activists among some 3000 protesting in Moscow against President Vladimir Putin's alleged infringements of rights and constitutional freedoms in the country. Authorities said the demonstrators disobeyed police orders to cease yelling and waving signs as they exited a central Moscow square. The demonstrators belonged to a diverse coalition of …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Nepal government negotiators and Maoist rebels Saturday reached a somewhat-delayed agreement on the terms of an interim constitution for the country. The interim constitution is notably silent on whether King Gyanendra will retain head of state duties; all executive power is vested in the Prime Minister. The issue of the monarchy will …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Japan's upper house of Parliament on Friday passed two bills lauded by proponents as bolstering national confidence, one elevating the Defense Agency to its pre-World War II status as a full ministry, and the other mandating that Japanese classrooms "cultivate an attitude that respects tradition and culture, that loves the nation and home country." The education bill …

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by Melissa Bancroft

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald indicated Friday in court papers that he was "not aware" that any government witnesses in the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby intended to invoke executive privilege to avoid testifying, "and the government does not otherwise anticipate any of its witnesses moving to quash or limit trial subpoenas." …

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