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Legal news from Sunday, January 14, 2007
by Caitlin Price

Germany will introduce draft legislation tightening anti-corruption law, according to a Der Spiegel report to be published Monday. The move comes on the heels of scandals at Volkswagen AG and Siemens AG and is intended to increase public prosecutors' power to investigate corruption of a broader range of implicated employees. The law would allow employees of foreign …

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by Melissa Bancroft

The Japanese government is considering expanding the ability of Japan's Self Defense Forces to use arms in peacekeeping operations in ways that exceed the scope of self-defense, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Sunday. If the revisions are enacted, Japanese troops will be able to participate in more aggressive international peacekeeping missions, such as ceasefire monitoring. The move would …

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by Caitlin Price

Ecuadorian President-elect Rafael Correa renewed his pledge to redraft the nation's constitution in a speech in Quito Sunday. Correa, an economist who will take office Monday, declared that his first act as president will be to call a referendum to form a constitutional assembly to be charged with making "profound" …

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by Ryan Olden

Former Maoist insurgents are preparing to enter their first session of parliament in Nepal after the Nepalese cabinet approved a draft interim constitution on Sunday. The party will hold roughly twenty-five percent of seats in the temporary parliament, which is set to pass the interim constitution and oversee elections to draft …

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by Ryan Olden

The CIA and the American military have been accessing the banking and credit records of hundreds of American citizens suspected of ties to terror groups, the New York Times reported Sunday. Since 9/11, the two US government arms have been using little-known provisions of the Right to Financial Privacy Act, the Fair …

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