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Legal news from Sunday, November 3, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

President Barack Obama on Friday established by Executive Order a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The task force, with members including state, local and tribal officials and executive agencies, is to advise the federal government on how to respond to the impacts of climate change. The order states:"The impacts of …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Kosovo on Sunday held its first elections for mayors and local councilors since the country's secession from Serbia. The elections, facilitated by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), are mandated by the countries' 19 April Agreement, which requires active Serb participation in Kosovo politics. The night before …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The Tunisian government on Sunday decided to prolong the nation's state of emergency, which has been in effect since opposition forces ousted former president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. Ben Ali fled Tunisia to Saudi Arabia in January 2011 during protests against his 23-year autocratic rule in which his family amassed substantial …

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by Benjamin Minegar

A divided three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that the contraceptive mandate imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) violates the First Amendment's Free Exercise Clause. Before Congress passed the PPACA in 2010, the owners of Freshway …

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