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Legal news from Tuesday, December 30, 2008
13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday signed into law [RIA Novosti report] amendments to the Russian Constitution [materials] 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 [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangladesh Election Commission (BEC) [official website] on Tuesday released results [BEC materials] for the country's Monday elections, in which voters elected Sheikh Hasina [AP profile] as prime minister and members of her Bangladesh Awami League [party website] party as 228 of the country's 300 parliamentary representatives. The elections, which [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) [establishment order, PDF] on Tuesday postponed the trial of Muntadhar al-Zaidi [BBC profile], the journalist accused of throwing his shoes at US President George W. Bush [official website]. The trial will resume after the Iraqi High Judicial Council determines whether al-Zaidi should [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] 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 [JURIST news archive], according to a Tuesday report [text] by China Daily. Government sources have said that $129 million of the settlement will be [read more]

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