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Legal news from Friday, May 13, 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth

Recent revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa have demonstrated the unique opportunities that social media has created for human rights activists, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released on Friday. However, repressive governments are now striking back by seeking to gain control of mobile telephone networks and the Internet. "The rise of social …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Several major record companies announced Thursday that they have reached a $105 million settlement with music file-sharing website LimeWire. A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York had issued a permanent injunction in October to prevent the site from providing online users with the software necessary to share …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Missouri House of Representatives on Thursday gave final approval to legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The measure, passed by a vote of 121-33, would impose penalties on doctors who fail to comply with the new restrictions. It would provide some exceptions, permitting abortions …

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by LaToya Sawyer

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday informed the UN Security Council and the Assembly of States Parties about a recent visit by Sudanese President Omar-al Bashir to Djibouti for the inauguration of the country's president. The notice also served as a reminder to Djibouti that, as …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said Thursday that information which led to the death of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was not obtained through torture. Speaking on the floor of the US Senate, McCain said that the name of Bin Laden's courier was not obtained from accused 9/11 conspirator …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Supreme Court of Bangladesh on Thursday lifted a 10-year ban on fatwas, or Islamic religious edicts, but ruled that they cannot be enforced as punishment. The court found that fatwas can only be issued by appropriately educated persons and that no one can be forced to accept a fatwa. The court had declared …

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by LaToya Sawyer

Pakistan's Lahore High Court (LHC) ruled Thursday that President Asif Ali Zardari must not participate in political activities, insisting that the president's role is to remain neutral. Currently, Zardari also serves as a co-chairman for the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). The decision to remove Zardari from head of political party is in response …

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