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Legal news from Monday, March 18, 2013
by Sung Un Kim

Counsel for Kenyan politician Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to drop the charges against his client for lack of evidence. The request came amid the withdrawal of charges against Francis Muthaura on Monday. The prosecution filed a notice [press …

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by Sung Un Kim

Vermont's House of Representatives on Friday approved a bill that would require out-of-state employers to provide the same health care coverage to same-sex couples as employees with an opposite-sex spouse. The bill was approved almost unanimously in a 139-5 vote. Under the new bill, Vermont employees in a civil union or same-sex marriage …

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by Peter Snyder

Israel must cease all settlement activity and immediately withdraw settlers from the Palestinian territories, according to a UN expert speaking before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Monday. Christine Chanet presented a report published in January that had been commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council "to establish an independent …

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by Alison Sacriponte

A federal judge on Thursday struck down a Missouri health insurance law that required insurers to issue policies without contraception coverage if individuals or employers objected for religious or moral reasons. Judge Audrey Fleissig for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri ruled that the law conflicts with the …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The Omani Appeal Court on Sunday granted bail to eight out of 11 political protestors charged with "illegal gathering with the intention of provoking a riot" and "blocking the flow of traffic" under Oman's penal code. Omani authorities detained the men in June for participating in peaceful sit-ins in Muscat that sought the release of activists and …

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by Sarah Posner

Police in Zimbabwe arrested a prominent human rights lawyer on Sunday, along with four other officials from the prime minister's political party. The arrests came just a day after the country voted in a constitutional referendum calling for increased protections from human rights violations. Human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa is being charged with obstructing or …

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by Dan Taglioli

The US Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Passed Thursday on a party line vote of 10-8, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 would prohibit the sale, transfer, importation and manufacture of 157 specifically …

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