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Legal news from Monday, July 16, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

A political activist of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday was deported to Thailand after a two-month detention. Ahmed Abdul Khaleq has called for the rights of the stateless people in the UAE, and was one of the five activists jailed last year for insulting the state's rulers after …

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by Sung Un Kim

New Zealand Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne on Monday announced a plan to ban the use of drugs providing legal highs unless manufactures of such drugs can prove that they are clinically safe. The scientific evidence required for approval is expected to be similar to requirements needed for new medicines, including toxicology data and results …

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by Dan Taglioli

Tens of thousands of protestors rallied in Tokyo on Monday as Japan moves to restart the country's nuclear reactors that were shut down following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster last year. The peaceful antinuclear demonstration in Yoyogi park took place on Japan's national holiday, highlighting the nation's ongoing debate regarding nuclear power. Several such rallies have occurred …

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by Sung Un Kim

A Hong Kong judge on Monday ruled against Deutsche Bank AG on a motion to dismiss a developer's rental fraud lawsuit. Judge A.T. Reyes for the Court of First Instance of the High Court held that the claims brought by the developer Tin Lik should be resolved at trial. Lik claims that during …

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by Dan Taglioli

More than 40 prominent American Jewish leaders and scholars sent an appeal letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it was reported Monday, urging Netanyahu to reject a recent report advocating legitimizing Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The letter's signatories predicted that Israel's international image would be damaged by endorsing the …

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by Dan Taglioli

Twenty-four Palestinians detainees were permitted family visits at their Israeli jails on Monday as the result of a deal between Israeli authorities and hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners. Forty Gazans visited their relatives at Ramon prison for the first time since Israel banned family visits in 2007 when Palestinian militants abducted an Israeli soldier. Under the terms of the agreement prisoners' …

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by Dan Taglioli

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Saturday announced that the federal government will allow Florida access to a US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immigration database to challenge individuals' voting rights if the state suspects them of not being US citizens. The Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database is a web-based …

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by Sung Un Kim

South African politician Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Monday was elected the first female leader of the African Union (AU). Dlamini-Zuma, 63, is the South African Minister of Home Affairs. She was voted into office on Sunday evening after she successfully challenged the incumbent candidate, Jean Ping of Gabon, who held the office since …

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by Sung Un Kim

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was formally charged on Sunday with illegally arresting a former chief justice of the nation's criminal court and thereby violating the nation's constitution. The constitution allows for the arrest of a judge only after a warrant is issued for a particular criminal act, suspicion of such conduct alone being insufficient. However in …

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