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Legal news from Sunday, October 23, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

A Bahrain court on Sunday began hearing the appeals of 20 medical staff members convicted last month of participating in the country's pro-democracy protests against the ruling regime. The 13 doctors, one dentist, nurses and paramedics who were jailed for providing treatment to injured protesters all worked at the Salmaniya Medical Complex in Manama, which was stormed …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A Nigerian village on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in US federal court against Royal Dutch Shell PLC alleging the oil company polluted a drinking water well with benzene at levels 900 times the limits set by the World Health Organization (WHO). The lawsuit is based on a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Libyan transitional Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril on Sunday declared the country's official liberation from the regime of former leader Muammar Gaddafi and set a schedule for establishing a new government. Jibril made the announcement in front of thousands of supporters celebrating in the city of Benghazi, the location of the National Transitional …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Friday dismissed a counterclaim filed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) and state Attorney General Tom Horne against the US government in the lawsuit challenging the controversial Arizona immigration law. While …

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