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Legal news from Monday, December 24, 2012
by Blake Lynch

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday accused Palestinian military units located in Gaza of violating laws of war by firing rockets into populated areas of Israel. These laws of war prohibit focused attacks on civilians and civilian structures or attacks that distinguish between civilians and military targets. "There is simply no legal justification for launching …

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by Blake Lynch

India prime minister Manmohan Singh in a televised public address on Sunday called for peace and promised to prevent further attacks on women after protest over sex crimes turned violent. Singh reiterated the government's commitment to providing security to women, but stated that violent clashes with police amid protests was not the answer. …

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by Sarah Posner

Venezuelan official stated on Saturday that the country will not be holding a new election, even if President Hugo Chavez is unable to take office on January 10 because of his cancer. Although there is a constitutional mandate that the President be sworn in on January 10, Chavez is currently recovering in …

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by Sarah Posner

The National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre dismissed calls for a renewed ban on assault weapons on Sunday. LaPierre said that an assault weapons ban was a "phony piece of legislation". After LaPierre's interview on Sunday, it is very unlikely that the NRA will support any new regulations on guns. LaPierre reiterated …

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