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Legal news from Thursday, October 13, 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

Libyan forces have arrested nearly 2,500 people who face ongoing torture and detainment without formal charges, Amnesty International (AI) alleged Thursday. Interviews of 300 Libyan prisoners in August and September revealed that many were abducted from their homes without arrest warrants, were beaten and tortured in prison to elicit confessions and are still being …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Thursday signed into law a controversial bill dissolving religious organizations and requiring re-registration, drawing criticism from international observers. The bill dissolves current registrations and establishes a procedure requiring groups to meet membership thresholds—at least 50 members to register locally, 500 members to register regionally and 5,000 …

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by Dan Taglioli

The US House of Representatives and Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to three free trade agreements, marking the first time in several years that the US has formed a trade partnership. The House and Senate voted in rapid succession to pass the trade pacts with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, which are predicted by …

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by Michael Haggerson

An alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the US, may violate the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents, which Iran signed in 1978. The US Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that it had foiled the plot …

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by Dan Taglioli

A coalition of civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to block South Carolina's recently passed immigration law. Brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and other civil rights groups, the class action suit claims the new legislation is unconstitutional, inviting racial profiling and …

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by Michael Haggerson

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir announced Wednesday that Sudan will adopt an Islamic constitution. The creation of an Islamic state, three months after the official split between Sudan and South Sudan, is intended to more accurately reflect the religious affiliation of its population, which is 98 percent Muslim now that the …

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by Erin Bock

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday. In Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington, the court considered whether a suspect's Fourth Amendment rights were violated when he was strip searched twice after being arrested for a non-criminal offense and the …

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