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Legal news from Saturday, October 8, 2011
by Julia Zebley

Two congressmen on Thursday introduced a joint resolution in each house of Congress to block a planned arms sale to Bahrain. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) declared the bill as a reaction to a planned sale of $53 million worth of weapons to Bahrain, which was …

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by Erin Bock

A federal judge on Thursday ruled against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding its process for granting permits used by coal companies for mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia. The EPA unveiled stricter guidelines in 2009 to issue permits to companies who sought to dump fill material from the removal mining into streams. The National …

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by Julia Zebley

Three human rights groups on Friday called for the release of Nobel peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo, imprisoned on an 11-year sentence in China for "inciting subversion of state power" and dissidence. Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) released simultaneous press briefings [CHRD report; …

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by Erin Bock

The Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested three former governors of Nigerian states on Thursday for allegedly embezzling 101 billion naira (USD $615M). Officials arrested former Ogun state governor Gbenga Daniel, former Oyo state governor Adebayo Alao-Akala and former Nasarawa state governor Ali Akwe Doma for interrogation purposes. The arrests were in …

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