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Legal news from Friday, September 27, 2013
by Lauren Laing

Amnesty International UK (AI) on Thursday urged Lithuania to reopen its investigation into the country's involvement in the US-led rendition and secret detention programs after a victim came forward with new information. Redress and the Human Rights Monitoring Institute filed a complaint with the Lithuanian Prosecutor General on behalf …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The Michigan Department of Treasury has determined that same-sex spouses must file separate tax returns. In a one-page notice posted on the Treasury website, Michigan residents are advised that same-sex couples who file a joint federal income tax return must continue to file income tax returns for Michigan with each individual using the single filing …

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by Lauren Laing

The UN said Friday that inspectors returned to Syria on Wednesday to investigate seven chemical weapon attacks, including three that occurred after the August 21 incident in Damascus. The investigation is set to be finished by Monday, followed by a separate visit by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The OPCW will …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on Thursday released an interim report on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The report details that currently the FBI is the only DOJ component to have used UAS to support its mission. However, other DOJ …

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by Addison Morris

The Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE) on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit to block the Kansas State Board of Education from implementing new science standards in education. In June, over strong objections from COPE, the Kansas Board adopted new guidelines promoting the teaching of scientific evolution and other natural …

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by Addison Morris

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday denied a request by Kenyan deputy president William Ruto to adjourn his trial so that he may manage the aftermath of the recent Nairobi shopping mall attack. Trial proceedings were temporarily suspended on Monday, allowing Ruto to …

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by Peter Snyder

The first UN ministerial meeting on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals was held Thursday during the General Assembly's annual high-level debate. Representatives from the US, France, Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, the Netherlands, Norway, Japan, New Zealand and the EU, along with executive directors of Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian …

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by Peter Snyder

Portugal's Constitutional Court struck down an austerity measure Thursday that had given private companies greater latitude to fire employees. The changes to the labor code were adopted last year and allowed for private companies to fire employees that held positions deemed redundant or who were considered unable to adapt to changing job skills …

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