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Legal news from Sunday, April 15, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

The United States currently holds some 18,000 detainees in two US-run Iraqi detention facilities, Camp Bucca and Camp Cropper, the Washington Post reported Sunday, citing US military sources. In the past month, the US has increased security in Baghdad, leading to an additional 1,000 arrests. The detainees are considered "enemy combatants", similar to the …

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by Melissa Bancroft

Writing Sunday in a Washington Post op-ed, US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales denied any impropriety on his part in the firings of eight US Attorneys. Two days before his scheduled Congressional testimony on the firings, Gonzales said he had "nothing to hide":I know that I did not -- and would not -- ask for the …

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by Caitlin Price

Elections of governors and state officials in Nigeria Saturday were marred by violence and accusations of fraud in what has been called an "experiment" as the nation prepares for next week's presidential election. Newspapers reported as many as 52 casualties in election-related violence, with the official count at 21 deaths and 218 arrests. Saturday's …

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by Caitlin Price

A overwhelming majority of referendum voters in Ecuador Sunday appear to have approved the convening of a constitutional assembly to rewrite that nation's constitution, according to a Cedatos-Gallup exit poll. A plan initiated by President Rafael Correa to limit the power of an allegedly corrupt Congress [official …

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by Melissa Bancroft

Russian police arrested dozens of protesters Sunday before and during a rally in St. Petersburg opposing the policies of Russian president Vladimir Putin for a second straight day. The arrests followed the detention of some 200 anti-Putin protesters - including liberal United Civil Front leader and former chess champion Garry Kasparov [official website, …

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by Caitlin Price

The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation Friday banned the Social Democratic Party of Russia for failure to follow regulations. The Court upheld a judgment in favor of the Russian Registration Service, which had sued the party for failure to establish 500-member local offices in at least …

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