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Legal news from Monday, September 23, 2013
by Peter Snyder

The International Criminal Court (ICC) Monday excused Kenyan deputy president William Ruto from trial proceedings for one week in order for him to return to Kenya to help respond to the terrorist attack at a Nairobi shopping mall on Saturday. Ruto's lawyers filed an urgent motion asking for proceedings against …

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by Peter Snyder

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday condemned a terrorist attack on a Christian church in Peshawar, Pakistan, which has reportedly killed more than 80 people and wounded more than 100. Ban expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and urged Pakistani authorities do everything in their power to combat …

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by Cynthia Miley

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday condemned the terrorist attack at a Nairobi shopping mall and urged the perpetrators to be brought to justice quickly. On Saturday, a group of armed fighters stormed the Westgate shopping mall and at least 62 people died and 175 were injured in the …

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by Max Slater

Voters in Ticino, an Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, approved a referendum on Sunday to ban the wearing of full-face veils. Although the referendum does not explicitly target Muslims, it drew outrage from Muslim groups in Switzerland, who denounced the referendum as a blow to the constitutional rights of Muslim women. The referendum, which …

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by Cynthia Miley

A member of the Russian feminist rock group Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, launched a hunger strike Monday in protest of living conditions and death threats from the deputy head of the prison in which she is serving her two-year sentence. Tolokonnikova wrote an open letter detailing life inside the prison colony, …

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by Max Slater

An Egyptian court on Monday banned the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered its assets confiscated as part of the military government's crackdown on the group. The Cairo administrative court declared that its ruling would apply to all organizations affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, including its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party [party …

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