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Legal news from Sunday, March 3, 2013

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] the listing of polar bears as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) [text]. Designation of the animal as threatened gives polar bears the lower of two levels … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court [official website] on Sunday dismissed complaints against the assembly that drafted the country's new constitution, the official MENA news agency reported. The complaints had challenged the method for selecting members [AFP report] of the assembly and said the panel, which liberals and Christians had boycotted … [read more]

[JURIST] Somali appeals court judge Mohamed Hassan Ali on Sunday dropped charges against a woman who alleged she had been raped by Somali government security forces and was consequently charged with defamation against the government. The judge found the evidence insufficient [AP report] to back the prosecutor's charge that led … [read more]

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