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Legal news from Monday, September 9, 2013
by Addison Morris

The European Commission on Monday instructed Samsung Electronics to offer more concessions in their proposal to settle antitrust charges. Samsung has been charged with breaching the EU's antitrust rules by engaging in patent lawsuits against the company's chief rival, Apple. Sumsung has since engaged in negotiations for a settlement …

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by Addison Morris

Former Israeli president Moshe Katzav was allowed to leave the prison for 24-hours on Monday, marking his first furlough since his 2011 conviction for the rape of female employees in the 1990s. Katzav, who has consistently denied the charges, has served a quarter of his seven-year sentence, thereby qualifying him for the brief release …

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by Peter Snyder

According to a report released by the Washington Post Saturday, the Obama administration won permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency (NSA) use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails. The revelations come from materials recently declassified by the Obama …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto traveled to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, on Monday, in advance of his trial for crimes against humanity, which is set to begin on Tuesday. Ruto is on trial for three counts of crimes against humanity that led to the deaths of at least 1,100 people and displacement …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The head of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Monday stressed the need for both Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to cooperate in resolving outstanding issues regarding their nuclear activities. In his statement, the Director-General of the agency expressed concern about the safeguards currently in place in both countries, suggesting …

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by Peter Snyder

The European Commission on Monday announced a new concession proposal from Google in connection to an ongoing EU antitrust investigation of the company. Google faces USD $5 billion in fines over accusations that the company's search engine is blocking competitors content and promoting Google services. Google formally offered concessions to the …

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by Cynthia Miley

Guyana's acting Chief Justice Ian Chang ruled Friday that cross-dressing is a criminal offense only when done for improper purposes such as prostitution, but that people cannot be arrested for cross-dressing to express their personal gender identity or sexual orientation. The judge was interpreting a law from 1893, while Guyana was still a colony, but which survived …

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by Cynthia Miley

Andrew Cayley, the international prosecutor for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), the tribunal covering the Khmer Rouge trials, announced Monday that he is resigning effective September 16 for personal reasons. Cayley joined the staff of the UN-backed ECCC in 2009. Cayley has worked with a Cambodian …

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by Max Slater

Myanmar's parliament will draft a bill that forms groups to monitor court proceedings, a lawmaker said Saturday. Thura Aung Ko, the Lower House Judicial Affairs Committee chairman, said that the purpose of the court monitoring bill was to crack down on corruption in Myanmar's judicial system, and stressed that the bill would …

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by Max Slater

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday urged the international community to help facilitate negotiations between warring parties in Syria. Although Pillay criticized global leaders for not acting sooner to stop the violent conflict in Syria, she warned that a military response would not be effective. Pillay observed that any course of action …

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