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14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli (R) [official website] on Friday issued an opinion [text, PDF] finding that state law enforcement officials have the authority to investigate the immigration status of those they stop or arrest. The opinion was issued following a request from Delegate Bob Marshall (R) [official website] [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The EU on Monday declined to renew its mandate [press release, PDF] of reforming Guinea-Bissau [BBC backgrounder] security forces, citing the breakdown of law and order in the country. The EU SSR Guinea-Bissau Mission [official website] was first launched in June 2008 and was intended to provide assistance to [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A UK-based women's rights group filed suit [press release] Friday against the new coalition government over its 2010 budget, claiming the drastic spending cuts in it will have a disproportionately negative impact on women. The accusation stems from a gender impact study [press release] commissioned by Labour Party MP [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Monday denied a motion to dismiss [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit brought by the state of Virginia challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted health care reform law [HR 3590 text; JURIST news archive]. [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Zanzibar election officials announced Sunday that voters have approved a constitutional amendment creating a coalition government. The amendment, approved by 66.4 percent of voters [AFP report], will create two vice-presidential seats in the hopes of reliving political tensions between Zanzibar's rival parties ahead of the October 31 general elections. [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Monday announced the composition [statement] of an international panel to investigate the May flotilla incident [JURIST news archive], in which Israeli forces raided several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. The panel will consist of four members, including [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] A special Bangladeshi military court sentenced 14 members of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) [official website] border guard Monday for their roles in a February 2009 mutiny [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in the northeastern district of Sunamganj. The tribunal, led by BDR head Maj. Gen. Mainul Islam, fined each [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Malaysian court on Monday granted a defense motion to adjourn the sodomy trial of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for a week. The move comes after the defense tried to have the charges against Anwar quashed [Bernama report] after allegations of an affair between [read more]

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