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Legal news from Sunday, April 12, 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the Sunday killing of Sitara Achakzai, a women's rights advocate in Afghanistan and a member of Kandahar's provincial assembly. Achakzai, who had returned to Afghanistan to pursue women's rights after living in Germany during the Taliban's rule, was shot outside her Kandahar home after being …

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by Devin Montgomery

Chinese police have begun an investigation into the Saturday death of another prisoner in the country's jails, state news service Xinhua reported Saturday. It was the second death to occur in the facility this year, and comes after last week's announcement of an earlier death in a separate facility. The investigation into this death comes …

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by Lucas Tanglen

A "legal framework" is needed to enforce existing international laws against piracy, Adm. Thad Allen, Commandant of the US Coast Guard, said in an interview on ABC's "This Week" Sunday morning. Allen said the latest acts of Somali piracy [BBC Q&A], in which American Capt. Richard …

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by Devin Montgomery

Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Saturday instituted a state of emergency in Bangkok and several provinces and cancelled an ongoing summit of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders in the country following an outbreak of protests calling for his resignation. The protests were lead by the United Front for Democracy …

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