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Legal news from Thursday, December 27, 2012
by Dan Taglioli

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Thursday that he intends to sign a recently passed bill that would prohibit United States citizens from adopting Russian children. The legislation was unanimously passed this week by the Council of Federation, the upper house of the Russian parliament, after passing the lower …

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by Dan Taglioli

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Saudi Arabia to dismiss a criminal case escalated last week to a senior Saudi court on apostasy charges. Website editor Raif Badawi, 30, was originally charged with “insulting Islam through electronic channels” for co-founding the religious discussion website Free Saudi Liberals, but he now faces the …

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by Sarah Posner

More than 20 civilians, including eight children, were killed in Syria's northern province of al-Raqqa, according to a video posted Wednesday by activists. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that many other civilians were injured in the government's attack. The video posted online displayed several dead bodies on blankets …

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by Sarah Posner

US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday denied Hobby Lobby, Inc.'s application for injunction which would have prevented enforcement of the provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) mandating that companies provide employees with coverage for contraceptives pending its appeal to the US Court of Appeals …

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