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20:03 EDT

[JURIST] International police organization Interpol [official website] Thursday agreed to issue [press release] arrest notices [Interpol backgrounder] for six men thought to be connected with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires [Wikipedia backgrounder; AMIA website] that killed 85 people. Argentina [JURIST news archive] had initially [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] Legislators in Mexico City [official website] have begun deliberations on a bill that would legalize abortions [JURIST news archive] during the first trimester of pregnancy. The bill, proposed by the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) [official website, in Spanish], would loosen Mexico's strict abortion laws within the boundary of the [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] Spain's Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Spanish], the lower house of the Spanish Parliament, approved a gender equality bill Thursday designed to draw more women into politics and corporate life. The bill had previously been approved by Spain's Senate [official website, in Spanish]. The initiative spearheaded by the [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] White House advisor Karl Rove [official profile] originally suggested firing all 93 US Attorneys [JURIST report] in January 2005, according to an email conversation [text] released by the US Department of Justice Thursday. The e-mails appear to contradict the White House's assertion Tuesday that the idea to comprehensively dismiss [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] The German Federal Court of Justice [official website] on Thursday ruled Nazi symbols could be used to protest extremism, overturning an October decision by a state court in Stuttgart [Deutsche Welle report]. The lower court had ordered Juergen Kamm, who began an internet company called Nix Gut [company website], [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] French President Jacques Chirac [official profile; BBC profile] will be questioned by a judge this summer regarding his involvement in rigging public works contracts to finance political parties when he was mayor of Paris in the late 1980s and early '90s, according to justice officials Thursday. It is alleged [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the Iraqi High Tribunal (IHT) [official website] on Thursday upheld the death penalty for former Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive], rejecting his appeal [DOC text; JURIST report] of the sentence handed down in the Saddam Hussein Dujail crimes [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday upheld [judgment text] an election law prohibiting media outlets from broadcasting final election results in areas where the polls have not yet closed, finding the law a reasonable limit on freedom of expression as it ensures "informational equality among voters." [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Israel [official website] should re-organize as an independent body, severing financial and administrative ties with the Israeli Justice Ministry [official website], Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch [official profile] said in a press conference Wednesday. Beinisch suggested that the Justice Department's influence over the Supreme Court [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] agreed by voice-vote Thursday to issue subpoenas compelling five current and former DOJ aides and six fired US Attorneys to testify before the committee on whether their firings were politically motivated [JURIST report]. Along with six of the eight Attorneys who were [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Berkeley, California city council [official website] voted Tuesday to support the criminal complaint [introduction in English, PDF; full complaint text in German, part one and part two, PDF] filed in Germany against former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other top US officials and advisers [CCR list] for [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Rome convicted five former officers of the Argentina military Wednesday on charges of torturing, kidnapping and murdering three Italian citizens during Argentina's 1976-83 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. All five defendants, who were tried in absentia, received life sentences. Argentinean officials have yet to [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled [PDF opinion] Wednesday that a Virginia federal court judge lacked the necessary power to order the federal government to turn over grand jury transcripts of the Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] criminal trial for use in a civil suit [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Google Inc. announced a new user privacy policy [press release] on Wednesday where, "unless [Google] is legally required to retain log data for longer," Google will anonymize search information, such as the query entered, IP addresses, and cookie details, after 18 to 24 months. Google further said:By anonymizing our [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Chiquita Brands International, Inc. [corporate website] has reached a plea agreement with the US Justice Department to settle claims that Chiquita paid approximately $1.7 million to a Colombian terrorist group between 1997 and 2004 to protect banana harvesting operations in Colombia, according to a criminal information filed by the [read more]

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