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Legal news from Sunday, October 31, 2010
by Erin Bock

The Somali parliament on Sunday voted 297-92 to approve new Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, after several delays due to a constitutional dispute over the confirmation procedure. Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed Sheikh Mahmud had argued that due to the silence of the Somali Transitional Federal Charter on confirmation procedures, Somalia's 1960 Constitution …

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by Erin Bock

Bahrain released election results Sunday in its second round of parliamentary elections, revealing that pro-government Sunni parties had maintained a majority, preventing opposition groups from beginning a corruption investigation of the ruling family. Opposition Shi'ite parties represent the majority of Bahrain's population and claim they experience discrimination in government jobs and housing and …

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by Dwyer Arce

Niger held a referendum Sunday on whether to adopt a new constitution following February's coup, in which a military government replaced that of then-president Mamadou Tandja. If approved, the constitution would limit the powers of the president, confining officeholders to two terms and require presidential candidates to be between the ages of 35 and 70. …

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by Dwyer Arce

Apple filed two lawsuits Friday against rival smartphone maker Motorola alleging that several of Motorola's products infringe six patents owned by Apple. The lawsuits, filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin claim that the products violate federal law [35 USC § 271] …

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