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Legal news from Saturday, January 23, 2010
by Ximena Marinero

A German court in Nuremberg has issued an arrest warrant for Argentina's former de-facto president Jorge Videla for helping to cover up the death of a German citizen in 1978, at the height of the "Dirty War". The Bayern prosecutor reopened the case in December and requested an order of …

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by Daniel Makosky

The Hawaii Senate voted 18-7 Friday in favor of legislation allowing same-sex civil unions. The act would confer upon homosexual and heterosexual couples rights and benefits equal to those afforded married couples in the state. Originally introduced last year, public notice requirements forced a vote on the matter to be delayed …

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by Daniel Makosky

US President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bill that will allow Americans to claim contributions made to Haitian earthquake relief efforts as a deduction on their 2009 federal income tax returns. Under the new law, monetary donations made between January 11 and March 1, 2010, including those made by cellular telephone, …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Swiss Federal Administrative Court ruled Thursday that an American taxpayer's financial information at Swiss bank UBS may not be disclosed to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) pursuant to an August 2009 agreement. The court ruled in …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Vygaudas Usackas resigned Thursday in the midst of a dispute with President Dalia Grybauskaite over secret US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) secret prisons in the country. Grybauskaite has publicly said that she believes there were prisoners held in Lithuania, but Usackas has denied this. The …

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