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Legal news from Monday, April 13, 2009
by Eszter Bardi

US President Barack Obama has ordered the lifting of travel restrictions and restrictions on money transfers between Cuban-Americans and their families in Cuba. Obama also ordered that US telecommunications companies be allowed to work within Cuba to facilitate communication between families split between the two countries. The plan was put forward as not only necessary for …

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by Safiya Boucaud

US Army Sgt. John Hatley entered a plea of not guilty to murder charges at his court-martial on Monday for the killing of four unarmed Iraqi prisoners in 2007. Hatley, along with Sgt. Michael Leahy, Jr. and Sgt. 1st Class John Mayo, was charged in September with premeditated murder, conspiracy, and obstruction …

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by Ingrid Burke

 Iraqi military spokesperson Major General Qassim Atta said Monday that he is seeking the closure of the Bagdad offices of newspaper Al-Hayat and television network Al-Sharquiya after the two media outlets allegedly misquoted him in a story reported last week. Atta said he has sued the the two services for incorrectly reporting that he …

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by Benjamin Hackman

The government of China on Monday issued its first national plan aimed at protecting human rights. The Information Office of the State Council published the National Human Rights Action Plan of China, which sets forth the government's human rights policy for 2009 and 2010. Academic, legal, and civil-rights groups helped government officials draft the …

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by Jay Carmella

The Zimbabwean House Speaker announced Sunday the formation of a committee to draft a new constitution. The drafting of a new constitution was part of the power sharing agreement signed last September by President Robert Mugabe and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader and now-Prime Minister Morgan …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

Bolivian President Evo Morales vowed Sunday to continue a hunger strike until the Bolivian National Congress approves the final details of a new election law. Morales declared himself on hunger strike Thursday until congress passed the law because the 60-day period …

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by Matt Glenn

Moldova's Constitutional Court on Sunday ordered the nation's Central Election Commission to conduct a recount of last week's controversial parliamentary election. The ruling Communist party won nearly 50 percent of the vote, leaving them only one seat short of the 61 seats needed to select the next president unopposed. Opposition groups claim that falsified voter …

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