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Legal news from Friday, January 14, 2011
by Dwyer Arce

US President Barack Obama on Friday ordered the Departments of State, Treasury, and Homeland Security to take steps to ease restrictions on travel and remittances to Cuba. The new regulations, to be promulgated as modifications of the Cuban Assets Control [31 CFR § 515.101 et seq.] and Customs and Border Protection [19 CFR …

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by LaToya Sawyer

Amnesty International (AI) called for Hungary to amend its new media law that has caused outbreaks of public protests in Budapest and Vienna. The new law took effect January 1 and creates the National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH), which controls private television and radio broadcasters, newspapers and online news sites. …

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by Drew Singer

Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali declared a state of emergency Friday amid nationwide protests, banning public gatherings and allowing police to fire on anyone refusing to obey orders. The declaration came a day after Ben Ali promised to cut prices on basic food supplies and order security forces not to use live ammunition except …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Spanish National Court announced Friday that they are seeking the extradition of alleged Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk so he can stand trial on charges relating to his alleged involvement with the Flossenburg concentration camp where 60 Spanish citizens were killed during World War II. The Ukrainian-born …

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by Brian Jackson

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday filed a brief with the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit defending the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The appeal follows a July ruling by the US District Court for the District of …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Both houses of the Kazakhstan Parliament Friday voted unanimously to amend the constitution to authorize a referendum that would extend the term of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to 2020, bypassing two presidential elections. The vote overruled Nazarbayev's decision last week to veto the proposed referendum. Nazarbayev's current term is set to expire …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A federal judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Thursday dismissed a request by the Ensco Offshore Company to end an alleged delay in the issuance of drilling permits. US District Judge Martin Feldman said it is unclear if the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday urged the Tunisian government to investigate the recent deaths of public protestors and called on government security forces to admit use of excessive force against them. According to government statistics, at least 21 civilians have been killed since the protests over unemployment and …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday urged the United Nations (UN) not to aid alleged international war criminals after they provided transportation to Amhad Harun, whose arrest warrant was issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2007 for war crimes related to the ongoing violence in Darfur …

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by Ann Riley

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt sent a letter on Wednesday to Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi requesting that Florida add Kansas as an additional party plaintiff to its lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted health care reform law. Expressing his desire …

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