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15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Pope Benedict XVI [official profile] stressed the importance of respecting human rights as the foundation for peace in a New Year's homily at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome Monday. In his message [text] for World Peace Day, marked by the Catholic Church on January 1 since 1968, the Pope [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Chief Justice John Roberts [official profile, PDF] called failure to raise the pay of federal judges a "constitutional crisis" in his 2006 year-end report on the federal judiciary [PDF; report archive, 2000- ], released Monday. Making that the sole focus of his second such report since taking office, [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Germany took over the six-month rotating European Union [official website] presidency with the New Year on Monday, promising to put the stymied European constitution [official website; JURIST news archive] back on the regional bloc's agenda. In a statement posted on the new German EU presidency website, German Chancellor Angela [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The unruly nature of the weekend hanging of Saddam Hussein [JURIST report] as especially revealed by a grainy but graphic camera phone video [JURIST report] taken at the scene prompted protest and disavowal Monday as Sunnis condemned the treatment of the ousted Iraqi president and angry American officials in [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Australia's new independent military prosecutor has called the treatment of Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] "abominable" in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. Brigadier Lyn McDade [press release] told the Herald, "Quite frankly, I think it's wrong. I don't care what he's done or alleged [read more]

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