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Legal news from Friday, August 17, 2012
by Dan Taglioli

A city court in Moscow on Friday refused to overturn the municipal government's ban on gay pride marches for the next century. The court affirmed the Moscow municipal government ruling that any public gatherings that could be classified as gay pride marches are prohibited from March 2012 until May 2112. Russia's best-known gay rights campaigner Nikolay Alexeyev challenged the …

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by Dan Taglioli

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) on Thursday ruled for the second time in Association for Molecular Pathology v. US Patent and Trademark Office (AMP) that a Utah company does have valid patents on two genes associated with breast and ovarian cancers. AMP concerned Myriad Genetics patents on BRCA1 …

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by Dan Taglioli

The controversial trial of three members of the Russian feminist activist group Pussy Riot ended Friday with the announcement of a guilty verdict and two-year prison sentence for each of the three women. The Khamovnichesky District Court of Moscow found Pussy Riot members Natalia Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich guilty of "hooliganism" characterized by …

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by Dan Taglioli

The International Criminal Court on Friday received requests to investigate Rwandan President Paul Kagame for backing armed rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Rwandan and Congolese advocacy groups opposed to Kagame's rule have alleged that the Rwandan leader is guilty of war crimes for helping …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) will cease its work on Sunday at midnight, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmund Mulet announced a press briefing on Thursday. According to Mulet, the mission must cease its work because the two conditions required by the UN Security Council to renew UNSMIS' mandate, the …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Supreme Court of New Zealand declined Wednesday to overturn a lower court decision holding that US authorities must turn over a large amount of evidence in order to secure the extradition of Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom, who is accused of orchestrating the largest copyright infringement in the country's history. Justice Helen Winkelmann rejected the …

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