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Legal news from Thursday, April 1, 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula said Thursday that Kenya will no longer accept Somalian pirate cases to be tried in its courts. Wetangula stated that the large number of Somalian pirate cases referred to Kenya has overburdened the country's judicial system and noted that the international community has not followed through on …

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by Zach Zagger

The Obama administration issued new regulations Thursday tightening fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission standards for new cars starting in 2012. The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) issued a joint rule called the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE), which will require new cars to meet tougher standards by …

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by Sarah Miley

Nigeria authorities on Thursday charged 20 individuals in connection with the recent sectarian violence in Plateau state involving killing of Christian villagers near the city of Jos. All 20 individuals have pleaded not guilty to five counts of arson, terrorism, killing, maiming, and possession of dangerous weapons. A federal court in Jos ordered …

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by Jonathan Cohen

The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) on Wednesday reiterated its call on the international community to take a "rights based approach" to international migration. The group said that 90 percent of the migration that occurs is driven by the search for employment and that countries should seek to provide "conditions of freedom, …

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by Daniel Makosky

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday blamed foreign officials for the extensive irregularities that occurred during last year's disputed presidential election. Though admitting that fraud was widespread, Karzai accused UN and EU representatives, particularly former deputy head of the UN-backed mission Peter Galbraith, of attempting to …

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by Erin Bock

International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Thursday announced his plans to proceed with the investigation of those responsible for the violence following the 2007 Kenyan presidential election. Moreno-Ocampo previously submitted a list of 20 suspects to the ICC, including senior political and business leaders, but he stated …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Wednesday denied an appeal by former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to postpone his war crimes trial. Karadzic appealed the trial date last month, claiming a February court ruling that increased the remuneration for his defense …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A UN rights official said Wednesday that immigrant workers entering Japan through government-run training programs face widespread racism and discrimination, urging the country to increase immigrant protections. Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants Jorge Bustamante interviewed immigrants, civil servants, and academics in the country during an investigation that uncovered ongoing social and work-related …

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by Matt Glenn

A judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of California granted partial summary judgment Wednesday in favor of an Islamic charity that claimed the federal government illegally wiretapped its conversations without a warrant. In its suit, the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation asked the court to admit …

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by Matt Glenn

US President Barack Obama and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced a comprehensive energy plan Wednesday that would introduce regulations to increase offshore drilling while tightening emissions and mileage standards on vehicles. The plan would allow exploration off the coasts of the mid-Atlantic and southeastern states and development …

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