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Legal news from Sunday, August 12, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

A judge for Australia's Queensland District Court has, for the first time in Australian jurisprudence, defined the term "conception" as the act of getting pregnant. Judge Leanne Clare defined "conception" Wednesday as "the commencement of the pregnancy, which involves an active process within a woman's body," rather than the moment of fertilization. In this …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported that French authorities raided two camps inhabited by Romanian Roma early Thursday morning and evicted all of the more than 200 residents, leaving them without homes. The same day, 240 Romanian Roma who had been previously evicted from camps were flown from France to Romania. French officials claim the dismantling …

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by Keith Herting

Lebanon should stop police from using anal examinations to determine suspects' sexual behavior, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Friday. The announcement came on the heels of a recent arrest of 36 men at a gay cinema in July, which saw all the suspects subjected to anal examinations by forensics doctors to determine if they …

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by Keith Herting

US President Barack Obama signed into law the Presidential Efficiency and Streamlining Act Friday, which permits some senior government positions to be filled by the president without requiring Senate confirmation. The bill exempts 170 minor executive posts and 2,800 posts in the US Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Officer Corps …

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