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Legal news from Sunday, April 22, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

A Bangladeshi court issued a warrant Sunday for the arrest of former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed who is currently exiled in London. Wajed was stopped from boarding a plane in London Sunday after the interim government issued an international warning to prohibit Wajed from returning to the country. Wajed was charged …

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by Caitlin Price

A previously undisclosed report by US Army Major General Eldon Bargewell into the November 2005 killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha found "serious misconduct" on all levels of the US Marine Corps chain of command, the Washington Post reported Sunday. Bargewell's investigation concluded in June 2006 …

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by Melissa Bancroft

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signed legislation Saturday recognizing domestic partnership status for same-sex couples. The law guarantees gay and lesbian couples some of the legal rights that previously were afforded only to husband and wife. To be considered a legally recognizable domestic partnership, couples must be over the age of 18, live together …

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by Caitlin Price

The two major opposition parties in Nigeria and an election watch group on Sunday challenged the legitimacy of the country's Saturday presidential elections, reporting voting delays and potential ballot-rigging in favor of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), party of outgoing Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, in a contest that appeared to draw a …

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by Caitlin Price

Former chess champion and liberal United Civil Front leader Garry Kasparov has accused Russian police of "brutality" after meeting with Kremlin officials Friday to give an account of his treatment at the hands of police agents following his arrest participating in the latest of a series of "Dissenters' Marches." Kasparov was …

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