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Legal news from Tuesday, December 24, 2013
by Stephen Adelgren

The US government on Monday deployed 150 US military personnel to a base in Djibouti in preparation for a possible evacuation of US citizens in response to escalating violence and political discord within South Sudan. The deployment follows a failed evacuation attempt in which four US soldiers were wounded by gunfire. Over 300 US officials and citizens …

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by Stephen Adelgren

A Chilean judge found eight former members of the military guilty of murder on Monday for their roles in killings perpetrated during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The men were members of the "Caravan of Death," a military operation involved in the suppression of political opponents during the 1973 coup that brought Pinochet to power. …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Greenpeace International announced on Tuesday that Russian authorities dropped criminal charges against the first of 30 people accused of taking part in a Greenpeace protest in the Arctic. The 30 jailed activists were accused of hooliganism after they staged a protest on an Arctic oil rig in September. Their release follows the passage of sweeping …

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by Kimberly Bennett

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio ruled on Monday that Ohio must recognize valid out-of-state marriages between same-sex couples on Ohio death certificates. The order also extends to marriages not authorized or validly performed under Ohio law, such as marriages between first cousins, marriages of certain minors and …

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