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Legal news from Sunday, January 19, 2014

[JURIST] The UN reported on Friday that more than 6,000 child soldiers may be involved [UN News Centre report] in the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. According to UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) [official website] spokesperson Marixie Mercado, recruitment of child soldiers [press release] … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt ratified a new constitution on Saturday after 98.1 percent of voters approved the document. It was the first Egyptian vote after the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] last July. According to Egypt's Supreme Electoral Commission, 38.6 percent of eligible voters took part [Daily News … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a North Carolina state law requiring women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound procedure is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment rights [LII backgrounder] of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that a lower court was correct in dismissing the claim for damages brought by Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak Al Janko, a former Guantanamo detainee, on jurisdictional grounds. The court based its decision … [read more]

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