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Legal news from Tuesday, November 13, 2012
by Cynthia Miley

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas sentenced a former Texas college student from Saudi Arabia to life in prison on Tuesday for trying to make a bomb for use in a jihad. One of Khalid Ali-M Aldawsar's possible targets was believed to be former US president George W. …

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by Blake Lynch

Undocumented foreign nationals in Libya are at risk of facing mental and physical exploitation and abuse that may include torture, Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. The report urged Libyan authorities to confront issues of xenophobia and racism, which may in part be inspired by the prevalent belief that some foreigners were "mercenaries" who …

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by Sung Un Kim

A Ukrainian Court on Tuesday rejected the defense's motion to suspend the tax evasion trial against former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko until her health is recovered but adjourned the trial to November 23 since Tymoshenko could not attend. The hearing was set to resume Tuesday, but the presiding judge ruled that …

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by Samuel Franklin

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday to improve its impact and stimulate cooperation amongst the international community as the court enters its second decade. HRW not only emphasized the importance for ICC member countries to strengthen their efforts in making arrests of known suspects harbored …

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by Sarah Posner

The EU announced Monday that it would halt for one year its policy of charging airlines for greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) for flights into and out of EU member state airports. As a result of this delay, the EU will not require airlines to pay for CO2 emissions for the entirety of 2012 and …

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by Sarah Posner

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday urged Indonesia to end violence and discrimination against Christians and Muslim minorities, such as Shiites. During her visit to Indonesia, Pillay met with several government officials and the judges on the country's Constitutional Court. Although Pillay commended Indonesia for ratifying several international human …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

A new protocol to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) intended to combat the illegal trade of tobacco products was unanimously approved on Monday. The protocol was approved by 176 countries during the Fifth session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC, which is being held in …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The Supreme Court of Brazil on Monday sentenced a former aide to ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to over 10 years of imprisonment for his involvement in a vote-buying scheme. Jose Dirceu, Lula's former chief of staff, was convicted of using public funds to pay coalition parties for political support. …

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