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Legal news from Tuesday, December 11, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

The prime minister of Mali, Cheick Modibo Diarra, was forced to resign on state television Tuesday after junta soldiers arrested him for attempting to leave the country in light of the ongoing humanitarian crisis threatening the nation. Diarra's ouster has been seen as a show of force by a military that staged a coup in March …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday that HSBC Holdings, one of the world's largest banking institutions based in the UK, and HSBC Bank USA, a federally chartered banking corporation based in Virginia, have agreed to forfeit $1.256 billion to settle a multi-year probe related to the group's failure to …

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by Alison Sacriponte

Women in Afghanistan still face abuse at the hands of man despite progress in the implementation of a law to protect women's rights, according a report released Tuesday by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The report, titled "Still a Long Way to Go," details the implementation of the Law of Elimination of Violence against …

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by Addison Morris

The prison sentence for outspoken Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who has been detained since July, was reduced by one year in an appeals court on Tuesday. Rajab, founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was originally sentenced to three years imprisonment for leading unlicensed protests against the powerful …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The mother of US citizen and convicted terrorist Jose Padilla on Monday filed a complaint with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) for torture and unlawful detention. The petition was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Yale Law School Lowenstein International …

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