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Legal news from Sunday, April 24, 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday requested that the United Nations (UN) begin an international inquiry into Syria's security forces after numerous civilians were fatally shot during peaceful anti-government protests earlier this week. HRW also called on the US and UN to issue sanctions against Syrian government officials who are responsible …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Friday dismissed Bank of America (BOA) from a $17 billion lawsuit involving securities based on mortgages issued by Countrywide Financial Corporation, a former subsidiary of the bank. The class action suit was filed by a …

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by Drew Singer

Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Saturday agreed to step down from power, ending his 32-year reign as the nation's leader. Saleh agreed to a proposal requiring him to hand power over to his deputy in 30 days in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Opposition groups have accepted the resignation …

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by Drew Singer

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Cambodia and Thailand to enter into a ceasefire agreement to resolve recent border clashes between the two countries. Saying that a military resolution is impossible, Ban urged the countries to pursue a diplomatic solution and to exercise military restraint. The neighboring nations have …

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