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Legal news from Sunday, December 17, 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

The US Department of Defense announced Sunday that it has transferred 17 more Guantanamo Bay detainees to their home countries for detention or release, bringing the number of detainees released from Guantanamo this year to 114. Seven of the newly-freed detainees have been transferred to Afghanistan, five to Yemen, three to Kazakhstan, one to …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Six leading US and Japanese automakers Friday asked a federal judge to dismissal a California lawsuit alleging that vehicle emissions of greenhouse gases from cars made by the companies have contributed to global warming constituting a 'public nuisance' that has cost the state millions of dollars. California Attorney General filed the suit in …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

US military sources in Iraq announced [MNF-Iraq press release] Saturday that earlier this month the Central Criminal Court of Iraq sentenced 16 security detainees accused of terrorism law breaches, illegal weapons possession and border breaches to punishments ranging from death to a year's imprisonment. The heaviest punishment was imposed on a Libyan accused of being a member of al …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Organizers and observers of a Moscow rally held Saturday by a coalition of opposition parties protesting Russian President Vladimir Putin's increasingly-restrictive rights record were quoted in press reports Sunday as saying that police pulled hundreds of would-be demonstrators off buses heading for the unusual rally even before it took place. Some 320 protestors were …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki opened a national reconciliation conference in Baghdad Saturday by signaling a reversal of the ban on former Baath Party members in the Iraqi government that has applied since the days of the US Coalition Provisional Authority. In a speech to delegates Maliki indicated that although he would still "draw a distinction between …

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