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Legal news from Wednesday, September 16, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Pittsburgh City Council on Wednesday passed an ordinance in anticipation of the upcoming Group of 20 (G-20) summit that will allow police to cite people in possession of certain items if they intend to use them unlawfully. The temporary ordinance, passed in anticipation of protests at the summit scheduled for …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Taipei District Court has ruled that former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian will not be released on bail, according to an aide Wednesday. Chen was found guilty on corruption charges and sentenced to life in prison last week. Under Taiwanese law, the life sentence will be automatically appealed, but Chen has also …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The Hungarian government said Wednesday that it would accept one prisoner of its choosing from those still held at Guantanamo Bay in order to aid in the closure of the detention center. According to a statement by Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai, Hungary will accept a detainee from …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Israeli officials on Wednesday rejected a call by the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict to establish an independent inquiry into accusations of war crimes during December and January's Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. The establishment of independent inquiry is one of the key suggestions from …

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by Amelia Mathias

The UN General Assembly passed a resolution Monday to consolidate four agencies to create one large, overarching department that will be responsible for women's rights development. The UN Development Fund for Women, the Division for the Advancement of Women, the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues, and the UN International Research and …

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by Amelia Mathias

Ninety members of the US House of Representatives introduced a bill Tuesday to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Signed by former president Bill Clinton, DOMA refuses federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples, including social security, tax laws, and immigration rights, …

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by Ximena Marinero

The French National Assembly voted 285-225 Tuesday to approve a new version of a controversial Internet piracy law after portions of it were rejected in June by the Constitutional Council. The new version leaves discretion to suspend a user's Internet …

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