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Legal news from Thursday, August 2, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday released a report entitled Angola’s Upcoming Elections: Attacks on the Media, Expression, and Assembly alleging that the government of Angola is responsible for undermining freedom of speech protections for its citizens. The 13-page report also notes that the "political violence, intimidation of …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US Congress on a voice vote on Thursday approved a bill extending the ban on imports from Myanmar. Both the House of Representative and the Senate have approved the bill, sending it to President Barack Obama to sign in order to become law. The bill reauthorizes the …

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by Sung Un Kim

The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) on Wednesday renewed its call for an end to the violence between the Syrian government and opposition forces in preparation for planned food assistance by the World Food Programme (WFP). UNSMIS spokesperson Sausan Ghosheh reported that the conflict has not ceased despite the recent …

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by Dan Taglioli

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday issued an emergency injunction to block enforcement of a new Arizona abortion regulation that will ban abortions after 20 weeks unless there is a medical emergency. Physicians violating the ban would face a misdemeanor criminal charge and …

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by Sung Un Kim

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Wednesday welcomed a new project initiated by the government of Nigeria to resolve the oil contamination affecting the people of Ogoniland. The Nigeria decision came a year after UNEP first released a report finding that the 50-year oil operation around the region led to contamination of …

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by Dan Taglioli

Apple filed a motion in the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday requesting that the court sanction Samsung Electronics by ruling in Apple's favor in the ongoing patent litigation between the two companies. Apple filed the motion with Judge Lucy Koh, accusing Samsung of "litigation misconduct" …

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by Brandon Gatto

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced two new economic sanctions on Iran's oil exports that aim to cut the country's financial transactions with the Chinese and Iraqi banks allegedly doing business with Tehran. In the first of these orders President Obama explained that the penalties against Iranian energy …

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by Dan Taglioli

Japanese authorities on Wednesday began a criminal investigation into last year's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The Fukushima Prosecutor accepted a criminal complaint filed in June by more than 1,300 people against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) for causing the catastrophe and for the plaintiffs' resulting radiation. The Fukushima Nuclear-Plant Plaintiffs residential group named …

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by Brandon Gatto

The widow and daughter of Yasser Arafat on Tuesday asked a French court to investigate what they believe to be the murder of the former Palestinian leader. The allegations of Suha and Zahwa Arafat stem from a Swiss institute's report suggesting that Yasser Arafat was poisoned by a radioactive substance before his …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday ruled that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) infringed on the authority given to state regulators by the Clean Water Act, the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) and other surface-mining laws when the agency established water quality …

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