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Legal news from Friday, November 4, 2011
by Michael Haggerson

The European Commission has opened an investigation into whether Apple and Samsung Electronics have breached EU antitrust laws in their dispute over smartphone patents. The investigation could potentially force Samsung to halt action against Apple over smartphone patents in the EU. The European Commission enforces Articles 101 - 109 of the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The UN Human Rights Committee expressed concern Friday over the protection of individuals' rights in Iran. The committee, composed of independent experts, has recently examined Iran's progress in adopting the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Committee members expressed concern about the discrimination and arrest of religious minorities and homosexuals, …

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by Sarah Posner

Chinese copper mining companies in Zambia routinely violate national and international labor standards, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday. The report describes poor health and safety standards, regular 12-hour and 18-hour work shifts, and anti-union activity. Workers also reportedly face the threat of being fired if they refuse to work under unsafe conditions. …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The Cuban government on Thursday announced the passage of a bill that will modify its housing law to allow permanent residents of the country to buy and sell their homes at will. The new law, which will take effect on November 10, will still limit home ownership to one house in the city and one …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Ukrainian Parliament voted Friday to delay debate on a draft law that would change the way the criminal code punishes economic and administrative crimes and could result in the release of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Instead of punishing certain economic crimes with imprisonment, the proposed law would instead impose a …

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by Brandon Gatto

Syria announced on Friday that insurgents who have revolted against the government of president Bashar al-Assad may qualify for amnesty if they turn themselves into authorities by next Saturday, November 12. This plea follows what have been some of the deadliest clashes of a movement that began in Syria last March, and have left …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, Maureen O'Connor, on Thursday opened the first meeting of the state's death panel review committee by reiterating that the purpose of the committee is not to question whether Ohio should have the death penalty, but rather to provide "guidance on the current laws on …

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by John Paul Putney

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged Bangladesh to stop the harassment of defense counsel and witnesses to preserve legitimacy of the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICTB). HRW pointed to reports that defense counsel and witnesses have been threatened with violence and arrest in order to impede them from participating in …

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by John Paul Putney

The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday declined to hear the government's appeal in the extradition of accused al Qaeda arms supplier Abdullah Khadr, bringing to a close efforts to extradite him to the US. The appeal was brought by Canada's attorney general on behalf of the US government which sought to extradite Khadr to …

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