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Legal news from Saturday, December 15, 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

Participants in the United Nations Climate Change Conference agreed in Bali, Indonesia Saturday to a timetable for negotiating a new international treaty on global warming. Under the "Bali Roadmap", the 187 participating nations pledged to a negotiate a new agreement to replace the expiring Kyoto Protocol [text; …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Republican senators Friday blocked US Senate agreement to provisions in a House of Representatives intelligence funding bill passed Thursday limiting CIA interrogation methods by invoking a Senate rule against the late insertion of new language in legislation. House and Senate negotiators had added language to HR 2082 that would bar the CIA from using techniques not …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Saturday lifted emergency rule over the country as anticipated, issuing an order reviving the suspended constitution, entrenching members of the country's post-emergency judiciary, and insulating actions taken under the emergency from any future legal challenges. The Revocation of Proclamation of Emergency Order 2007 also provides that the parliamentary …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Friday that the Department of Justice will not provide information to congressional officials regarding its ongoing probe into the CIA's destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects. In a letter to top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mukasey wrote:the Department has a long-standing policy of declining …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The UN Human Rights Council voted Friday to end the mandate of a group of seven human rights experts tasked with monitoring the rights situation in the Darfur region in Sudan. The council did, however, extend the mandate of its Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Sudan and …

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