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Legal news from Thursday, October 22, 2009
by Brian Jackson

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted Thursday to approve the formation of rules mandating so-called "net neutrality", promising openness commensurate with the ideals of the Internet itself. The idea of net neutrality, supported unanimously by the FCC commissioners, is to allow an open flow of information over the Internet, regardless of the …

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by Brian Jackson

Finnish telecommunications company Nokia filed suit Thursday against Apple in the US District Court for the District of Delaware, alleging that Apple infringed 10 of its patents on its iPhone. The patents cover wireless data transmission, speech coding, and security/encryption, specifically GSM, UTMS (3G), and WLAN standards. Nokia alleges that Apple …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday unanimously struck down a Quebec law restricting certain students' access to English-language schools as unconstitutional. The court's decision overturns Bill 104, enacted by the Quebec government in 2002, rejecting two appeals by the Quebec government to protect the legislation. The controversial law was adopted to …

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by Steve Dotterer

INTERPOL announced Thursday that Rwandan genocide suspect Emmanuel Uwayezu has been arrested in Italy. The former Rwandan clergyman had long been sought by Rwandan authorities in connection with the killings of approximately 80 Gikongoro province students in May 1994. At the time, Uwayezu served as director of the Groupe Scolaire Marie Merci college in Kibeho. …

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by Dwyer Arce

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that Turkish authorities violated European human rights laws in shutting down four newspapers accused of publishing propaganda for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The daily publications were shut down for periods of 15 days to one month between November 2006 and October 2007 on the …

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by Haley Wojdowski

Lithuanian lawmakers on Wednesday demanded an investigation into allegations that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) established a secret prison for al Qaeda suspects in the Baltic country. The Lithuanian Parliament National Security and Defense Committee said it wants the full 141-member assembly to approve the …

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by Daniel Makosky

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on Thursday announced his intention to boycott the opening of his war crimes trial, set to come before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Monday. Karadzic claims that the tribunal's schedule does not provide him adequate time to prepare his defense, and …

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by Megan McKee

The Cambodian National Assembly approved legislation Wednesday banning demonstrations of more than 200 people. The bill, which passed Cambodia's lower house by a vote of 76-25, would also ban any gathering inside or outside the gates of factories or government buildings, and would require groups to obtain permission for planned demonstrations a minimum …

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by Christian Ehret

Two Guantanamo Bay military judges on Wednesday granted continuances for prosecutors in the cases of two Sudanese detainees allegedly involved with al Qaeda. Noor Uthman Mohammed, who is accused of working as a weapons instructor and logistician in Afghanistan, has already had his case delayed twice before at the request of …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Kuwaiti Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that a 1962 law requiring a woman's male guardian to grant her permission to obtain a passport is unconstitutional. The court found that the article in the Personal Status Law that required a woman to obtain the approval of her husband, her parents, or her guardian before she could obtain …

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by Ximena Marinero

Guinean Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandre Cece Loua said during a visit to the International Criminal Court (ICC) Wednesday that the Guinean judiciary is capable of and intends to investigate and prosecute any crimes committed during the September 28 incidents at Conakry. Loua met with Deputy Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda …

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