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Legal news from Tuesday, December 30, 2008
by Jake Oresick

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday signed into law amendments to the Russian Constitution extending presidential terms [Article 81(1) text] from four to six years and terms for parliament members [Article 96(1) text] from four to five years. The amendments were recently approved by both houses of parliament and all 83 …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Bangladesh Election Commission (BEC) on Tuesday released results for the country's Monday elections, in which voters elected Sheikh Hasina as prime minister and members of her Bangladesh Awami League party as 228 of the country's 300 parliamentary representatives. The elections, which end two years of military rule in the country, were …

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by Jake Oresick

The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) on Tuesday postponed the trial of Muntadhar al-Zaidi, the journalist accused of throwing his shoes at US President George W. Bush. The trial will resume after the Iraqi High Judicial Council determines whether al-Zaidi should be charged with "assaulting a foreign leader," a crime punishable …

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by Devin Montgomery

Twenty-two Chinese dairy companies are expected to pay a total of $160 million to compensate the families of nearly 300,000 children harmed by melamine-contaminated milk, according to a Tuesday report by China Daily. Government sources have said that $129 million of the settlement will be made as lump sum payments to families whose children were …

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