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Legal news from Sunday, March 21, 2010
by Dwyer Arce

Iraqi election officials on Sunday rejected allegations of fraud and calls for a recount of the ballots from the March 7 parliamentary election. Despite the demands for a recount Saturday by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, which described the recount as necessary "to preserve political stability …

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by Dwyer Arce

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank "illegal," during a press conference Saturday. The statement comes two weeks after Israel announced the construction of 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem, where Palestinians hope to establish the capital of their future state. Ban said:The world has …

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by Daniel Makosky

A New York state appeals court ruled Thursday that the state's courts have jurisdiction to hear requests to annul civil unions performed in other states. The Third Judicial Department Appellate Division reversed a 2008 Schenectady County Supreme Court decision, citing multiple protections New York affords to same-sex partnerships as sufficient to establish competency …

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