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Legal news from Saturday, February 2, 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Saturday that he supports a proposed law that would allow most members of Saddam Hussein's defunct Baath Party to return to their old positions in government. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki endorsed the Accountability and Justice Law after the Iraqi parliament passed the bill last …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Turkey needs to lift its ban on women wearing headscarves at universities in order to improve the country's chances of accession into the European Union (EU), Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said Saturday. Turkey's Grand National Assembly is considering a bill that would amend the country's constitution to allow for …

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by Nick Fiske

The Taiwanese Central Election Commission said Friday that it has approved two separate referendums on whether to proceed with a proposed bid for United Nations (UN) membership. The referendums, first announced in June by Taiwanese President Chen Shui-Bian, will coincide with Taiwan's presidential elections scheduled for March 22. Chen's Democratic Progressive …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The US District Court for the District of Oregon ruled Friday that Oregon's domestic partnership law should be allowed to take effect, saying that opponents of the law failed to gather the necessary signatures to place the law on the ballot for public referendum next November. Judge Michael Mosman suspended the law …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has reached a settlement with two immigrants who said they were forcibly drugged with sedatives during deportation proceedings, CNN reported Friday. As part of the agreement, Raymond Soeoth, a minister from Indonesia, will receive $5,000 and will be allowed to stay in the US for at least two more years. Amadou …

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by Nick Fiske

A New York state appeals court on Friday unanimously ruled that the state must legally recognize valid out-of-state same-sex marriages. Patricia Martinez filed the lawsuit in Rochester, NY against her employer Monroe Community College (MCC) after it denied her request to extend health benefits to her spouse Lisa Golden. The …

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