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Legal news from Sunday, January 15, 2012

[JURIST] In a speech [transcript] on Sunday, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa [official profile] promised to amend the nation's constitution [text] to allow the National Assembly [official profile] more oversight of ministers and cabinet members. If passed, the amendments would allow both houses of the National Assembly to … [read more]

[JURIST] In a statement at a conference on democracy in the Arab world Sunday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] demanded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC backgrounder] end the violence against the Syrian people. In his speech, Ban indicated that it is time for Assad to usher in … [read more]

[JURIST] Two business advocacy groups filed motions [press release] in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday, contesting the constitutionality of US President Barack Obama's [official website] recent recess appointments [JURIST report]. The National Right to Work Foundation (NRWF) and the National Federation of … [read more]

[JURIST] Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson [official profile], amid a growing controversy over a previous declaration [JURIST report] that non-resident same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] performed in Canada are not legal unless recognized by the participants' home countries, indicated Friday that the Canadian government considers all same-sex marriages performed in … [read more]

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