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Legal news from Sunday, November 4, 2007
by Benjamin Klein

A top official with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Sunday that an unsuccessful bid by a French charity to fly 103 children out of Chad late last month violated international law. UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman was quoted by Reuters as saying that it was “simply unacceptable to see …

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by Andrew Gilmore

US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) said Sunday that he will support the nomination of former federal judge Michael Mukasey as US attorney general. Mukasey's nomination has come under fire over his refusal to call waterboarding torture. Specter, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, …

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by Josh Camson

Chadian authorities Sunday freed seven Europeans - three French journalists and four Spanish flight attendants - held in connection with a French charity's attempted airlift from Chad of 103 children alleged to be Darfur orphans. French President Nicolas Sarkozy flew to Chad Sunday to personally intervene with the Chadian government over its handling of the case and …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Pakistani police and security services detained hundreds of lawyers, rights activists and opposition figures Saturday and Sunday in a clampdown following President Pervez Musharraf's Saturday proclamation of emergency rule. Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said Sunday that up to 500 people had been arrested in the previous 24-hour period. Among the current detainees are former Chief Justice Iftikhar …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

New Pakistan Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar Sunday effectively set aside dismissed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry's last-ditch attempt to block President Pervez Musharraf's Saturday emergency declaration and Provisional Constitution Order (PCO), saying that the Supreme Court of Pakistan had issued no order on the matters. A declaration issued Saturday by an 8-member Supreme Court bench …

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