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Legal news from Friday, December 26, 2008
by Caitlin Price

Azerbaijan's parliament, the Milli Majlis, on Friday voted 100-7 to approve a March 18 referendum that could amend the nation's constitution to remove presidential term limits. The present law contains a two-term presidential limit, which would bring the administration of President Ilham Aliyev to an end …

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by Caitlin Price

The French Foreign Ministry on Friday urged the European Union (EU) to adopt a unified policy on whether to accept detainees released from the Guantanamo Bay military prison if US President-elect Barack Obama closes the facility. The French government has said it would welcome the prison's closure, but Foreign Ministry Spokesman Eric …

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by Leslie Schulman

Six criminal trials in four separate courts began Friday in China's Hebei province for six people accused of involvement in the country's recent melamine-tainted milk scandal. The six cattle farmers and milk collectors are accused of making several hundred tons of melamine-containing protein powder and adding it to raw milk before selling the mixture to Chinese dairies …

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by Leslie Schulman

Leading Zimbabwe human rights activist Jestina Mukoko has been taken to the high-security Chikurubi prison outside of Harare in violation of a court order that she be taken to a hospital, according to human rights lawyers Friday. Mukoko, who is charged with attempting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe, went missing …

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