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Legal news from Sunday, September 23, 2012
by Julia Zebley

Belarus held elections for members of parliament Sunday, despite a boycott by opposition parties. Many of the largest opposition parties agreed to not vote in the elections and pull their candidates, believing the results are predetermined. Despite the boycott, voter turnout was reported as at least over 50 percent, which will allow the election results to stand. …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Afghan Interior Ministry on Saturday ordered a ban on all Pakistani newspapers from entering Afghanistan because, they claim, the papers are a source of propaganda on the part of the Taliban. The papers are to be barred from entry at the popular border crossings of Nangarhar, Kunar and Nuristan. The new order …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Libyan army ordered all militias to either come under the control of the national government or disband within 48 hours on Saturday. The announcement comes after intense anti-militia protests that included between 30,000 and 40,000 demonstrators in Benghazi killed at least eleven people over the weekend. All militias have been ordered to leave all military …

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by Cynthia Miley

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed on Friday the dismissal of the Alaskan village of Kivalina's nuisance claims against energy companies for greenhouse emissions it claimed contributed to global warming and threatened its existence. Kivalina brought suit against 22 energy corporations, attributing the destruction of its land to the effects of …

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