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Legal news from Thursday, April 11, 2013
by Addison Morris

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday approved the $115 million settlement between American International Group Inc. (AIG) shareholders and the company's former CEO and other executives in order to resolve allegations that the insurer misled investors about financial records. The class action lawsuit, brought in …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Amnesty International on Thursday called on the Ukrainian government to investigate police abuses and strengthen mechanisms to hold police accountable for brutality and torture. In a report, AI alleged that reports of police abuse and torture have been widely ignored. The rights group encouraged the Ukrainian government to take advantage of its new penal code, approved …

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by Daniel Mullen

Uruguay's House of Representatives gave final approval on Thursday of the Marriage Equality Law, which allows same-sex couples to marry. Uruguay's Senate approved the bill last week. The bill passed the lower house of congress with 71 of 92 lawmakers voting in favor, despite strong opposition from the …

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by Daniel Mullen

The Syrian Air Force is deliberately targeting civilians in air strikes, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report on Wednesday. According to the report, which is based on visits to 50 sites of government air strikes in opposition-controlled areas, there have been 152 aerial attacks leaving more than 4,300 civilians dead. HRW believes the attacks …

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by Keith Herting

The UN General Assembly held its first debate Wednesday on the "role of the international criminal justice system in reconciliation." The debate was orchestrated by General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic who claimed during the opening of the debate the "the paramount question is how international criminal justice can help reconcile …

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by Sung Un Kim

Google on Thursday formally offered concessions to the EU's competition authority for a possible settlement in the antitrust investigation against the company. The recent proposal has revised the initial proposal that was submitted in January. The January proposal came after the EU's competition commissioner warned the company to change its business …

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by Brandon Gatto

The Shura Council, Egypt's upper house of parliament, on Thursday approved a revised election law that sets new rules for lower house elections to be held later this year. The law provides that the People's Assembly, Egypt's lower house of parliament, will consist of 546 seats, and it will also divide the country's electoral map into 129 …

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by Matthew Pomy

At a preliminary hearing on Wednesday Military Judge Denise Lind ruled the state must prove Pfc. Bradley Manning knowingly helped al Qaeda. Manning has pleaded guilty to several other charges, but is contesting the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. Lind ruled that to meet the standard of proof for the …

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by Jerry Votava

The Russian State Duma on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a bill [142303-9 materials, in Russian] that criminalizes negative actions towards religious groups and imposes stiff prison terms and fines on offenders. The legislation criminalizes blasphemy, including the public insulting and humiliating of religious rites and groups, as well as the desecration of religious objects. …

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