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Legal news from Sunday, May 13, 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf traded barbs and accusations with opponents over the weekend after 39 people were killed Saturday in Karachi in clashes sparked by the arrival of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, who had traveled there to address a meeting of lawyers supporting him in his fight against his March …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Moscow City Court has rejected a bid by a surviving member of the Russian Romanov imperial dynasty to declare Tsar Nicholas II exonerated of the Soviet-era criminal charge against him and declare his 1918 murder at the hands of revolutionary Bolsheviks a political killing. A lower court had ruled similarly, and the Moscow City Court Friday supported …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

A spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday that Karzai would await a Supreme Court ruling on the legality of parliament dismissing government ministers before relieving Foreign Minister Rangeen Dadfar Spanta after Spanta lost a no-confidence vote. A previous effort to oust Spanta on Thursday failed by a narrow margin, but parliament …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Voters in Farmers Branch, Texas approved a city ordinance Saturday which requires apartment renters to show proof of US residency and penalizes landlords who rent to illegal immigrants. Landlords who do not comply with the law will face fines up to $500. The ordinance does not require minors and tenants who are …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Over 250,000 people gathered in Rome Saturday to protest a bill currently before parliament which would give legal status to unmarried heterosexual and same-sex couples. The bill was approved by Italy's cabinet in February, but has been harshly criticized by the Italian justice minister and the top Italian bishop. The proposal would …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Outgoing UK Home Secretary John Reid told a meeting of ministers from major EU states Saturday that European human rights laws needed to be "modernized" to provide better protection from new terrorism threats. Addressing a conference of EU home affairs and interior ministers in Venice, Reid said more attention had to be paid to the fundamental right …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

German Chancellor Angel Merkel Saturday urged European Union members to work together to advance a European constitution, largely stalled since referendum setbacks in France and the Netherlands in 2005. Merkel, whose country currently holds the EU presidency, was speaking at a mini-summit with key European leaders held in Portugal …

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