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Legal news from Thursday, August 1, 2013
by Theresa Donovan

Civil liberties and gay-rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Lambda Legal on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of two same-sex Virginia couples. One of the couples is seeking to enter into a same-sex marriage, while the other couple is seeking recognition by the state of Virginia of their out-of-state …

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by Theresa Donovan

A Bangladesh high court ruled on Thursday that Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) was illegally registered as a political party and therefore cannot bring forward candidates for the country's January 2014 election. The court stated, however, that JI may be re-registered if it amends its charter and reapplies for registration. The ruling came after a petition …

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by Kimberly Bennett

A North Dakota judge on Wednesday granted a preliminary injunction against legislation that would have forced the Red River Clinic in Fargo, North Dakota, to close. The law imposes requirements that any physician performing abortions in the state must have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, but the Red River Clinic is …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The lower house of the Uruguayan Congress on Wednesday approved legislation that would allow the national government to take charge of production and distribution of legal marijuana. The legislation passed by a vote of 50-46 but still has to be approved by the Senate in order to become effective. The bill …

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by G. Redd

Ahmed Ibrahim, former minister of education and information for Libya, was sentenced to death on Wednesday for inciting citizens in Muammar Gaddafi's hometown and place of death, Sirte, to oppose the rebellion. He is the first member of Gaddafi's ministry to receive a death sentence, which is to be carried out via firing squad. Ibrahim was …

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by G. Redd

Philippe Duamelle, the UNICEF representative in Egypt, expressed concern Tuesday that children are being used as symbolic witnesses and subjected to violence in the recent unrest. This comes amid escalating political violence in Cairo, as Duamelle already released one statement in March warning that children's rights were being violated as …

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