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Legal news from Saturday, October 18, 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has signed a decree making permanent certain extensions on press freedom for foreign journalists that were temporarily adopted in the run-up to the July Beijing Olympics. Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao announced late Friday, just before the temporary regulations were scheduled to expire, that henceforward foreign journalists would be able …

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by Ximena Marinero

A Moscow arbitration court Friday overturned most of Russian government's tax claims against the British Council, the British government's cultural relations arm, over the organization’s in-country operations in 2004-2006. The claims were made in late 2006 in the midst of strained relations between Russia and the United Kingdom over the demanded extradition of former Andrei Lugovoy [JURIST …

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