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Legal news from Friday, August 28, 2009
by Ximena Marinero

The Uruguayan House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would allow same-sex couples to adopt. The House voted 40-13 in favor of the bill, which has been opposed by both the Roman Catholic Church and opposition political leaders with only a single vote on …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Friday for the prosecution of opposition leaders who allegedly conspired to orchestrate widespread protests after the country's disputed June 12 presidential election. Ahmadinejad spoke in front of thousands before Friday prayers in Tehran, calling for pro-reformists to be dealt with decisively. The president's comments, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta has rejected a call from Amnesty International (AI) to establish an independent international criminal tribunal to investigate and prosecute those responsible for human rights abuses stemming from the country's 1999 referendum for independence from Indonesia, ABC News reported Friday. AI released a report …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Thursday new restrictions on controversial searches of laptop computers at the US border. DHS issued directives to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that "enhance and clarify oversight for searches of computers …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The registrar of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday rejected a petition seeking treason charges against former president Pervez Musharraf, finding that the applicant lacked standing and that the Supreme Court was not the appropriate forum for such a petition. The petition was filed by Senator Syed Zafar Ali …

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by Brian Jackson

A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday ordered the government to grant security clearance to lawyers on both sides of the civil suit brought by former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Richard Horn. In ruling on the government's attempt to exert privilege, Judge Royce Lamberth questioned …

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by Brian Jackson

The popular social networking site Facebook announced Thursday that it would give users more control over the private information they share through their profiles. The changes were announced after discussions with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, who in July released a report that was critical of Facebook's compliance with …

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