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Legal news from Friday, April 12, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

France's Senate voted on Friday in favor of a same-sex marriage bill that would allow same-sex couples to wed and adopt children. The bill will return in May to the National Assembly for final approval, and would then become law this summer. The approval comes just a week after the Senate's debate …

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by Sydney Normil

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday released a revised ruling ordering the deportation of former El Salvador General Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova. The DOJ Executive Office for Immigration Review issued the ruling in August, ordering the deportation of Vides for crimes against humanity. He is accused of participating in extrajudicial killings …

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by Benjamin Minegar

German prosecutors on Friday charged former president Christian Wulff with corruption for allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for political favors before his assent to office in 2010. In 2008 then-govenor Wulff reportedly accepted approximately €4000 (USD $5000) from German film producer David Groenewold to cover hotel bills during a holiday visit to the Oktoberfest beer festival in …

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by Samuel Franklin

A Pakistan court on Friday extended by six days the bail granted to former president Pervez Musharraf, who faces charges of detaining judges during his time in office. The Islamabad High Court also ordered Musharraf to post bond for Rs 500,000, or just over USD $5,000, and to appear for his next hearing [Dawn …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Turkey's Grand National Assembly approved amendments to the country's anti-terrorism legislation on Thursday to bring the legislation more in line with EU freedom of expression standards. Through the amendments Turkey will narrow its definition of terrorism propaganda. Amendments to Article 6 envisage punishment for people who propagate or publish declarations of …

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by Addison Morris

A French court on Friday allowed the sale of 70 ancient Native American artifacts, primarily originating from Arizona's Hopi Tribe, despite appeals for delay to better determine the legal status of the items. The artifacts include painted masks and headdresses that are said to be sacred among the Hopi tribe. Historians, along with many Hopi tribe members, …

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by Sarah Posner

A UN independent expert on minority issues on Thursday urged the international community and African States to strengthen protection for minority groups throughout Africa. Independent Expert Rita Izsak explained that the African Commission needs to implement a systematic solution for ensuring that the concerns of minorities across Africa are addressed. Izsak urged governments …

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