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Legal news from Tuesday, January 1, 2013
by Addison Morris

The US supports efforts in Lebanon to implement parliamentary elections, and encourages a timely and transparent election process, according to a statement made Monday by Ambassador Maura Connelly. The statement was made after the ambassador met with President of the Chamber of Deputies Speaker Nabih Berri to discuss "the political and security situation …

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by Addison Morris

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed new legislation on Monday establishing education standards and setting new guidelines for educators' salaries and school fees. The legislation has been previously approved by both the State Duma and the Federation Council. The newly enacted legislation requires a mandatory course to …

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by Sung Un Kim

Threats and attacks against judges and lawyers who fight for the independence of the judiciary in Sri Lanka have increased in past few months, according to UN independent expert Gabriela Knaul. The focus of her criticism was the impeachment proceeding against Sri Lankan Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake that began in early November. Knaul …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Visiting Judge Gary Harger ruled Monday that Texas may defund Planned Parenthood through its Affiliate Ban Rule. The rule denies funding to any organization participating in the state's Women's Health Program that also performs abortions. Planned Parenthood had sought an injunction against implementation of the rule. Planned Parenthood …

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by Sung Un Kim

Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts on Monday released his 2012 year-end report, in which he urged the executive and legislative branches to address the needs of the federal judiciary in terms of financial and human resources. Roberts noted that the judiciary has been receiving only a small percentage of the federal budget …

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by Sung Un Kim

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday called on India's government to "strengthen critical services for rape victims," expressing sympathy for the family of the 23-year-old medical student who died from injuries sustained in a gang-rape last month. Ban also added that UN entities such as the UN Women are prepared to assist the …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Catholic Church, which remains an influential institution in the Philippines where 80 percent of the population is Catholic, on Saturday announced that it will challenge newly approved birth control legislation before the Supreme Court. The Church has opposed the new law arguing that it undermines the value of marriage and increase promiscuity. Critics …

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