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Legal news from Monday, February 10, 2014
by Addison Morris

Four legally married same-sex couples on Monday filed a civil right lawsuit with the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, seeking a court order to force the state of Ohio to recognize both spouses' names on birth certificates. Three of the couples are legally married lesbian couples who have become pregnant through the process …

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by Addison Morris

Jamaat-e-Islami party (JI) leader AKM Yusuf, died at age 87 on Sunday of cardiac arrest. Bangladeshi authorities arrested Yusuf in May on 13 charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. Yusuf became ill while in jail, where we was detained while …

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by Daniel Mullen

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Saturday issued the 2013 Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, which found a total of 8,615 civilian casualties in 2013, a 14 percent increase since 2012. According to the report, 74 percent of the total civilian deaths and injuries in 2013 were inflicted by …

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by Daniel Mullen

Spanish Judge Ismael Moreno issued international arrest warrants for several former Chinese officials Monday, including retired president Jiang Zemin and former prime minister Li Peng as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged genocide by China against Tibet. Though the warrants were originally issued last year, they were delayed by legal technicalities. Moreno …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday alleged that Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda was instrumental in organizing and ordering militias of "child soldiers" to attack civilians. Ntaganda is accused of 10 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, pillage, using child soldiers and …

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by Stephen Adelgren

Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday issued an order denying a request by Samsung for a retrial in its patent dispute with Apple, meaning that the award of $290 million in damages will stand. In the order Koh also chastised Apple for its …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) on Monday released a report urging the Egyptian government to promote the independence of the judiciary and to end selective prosecution. In June IBAHRI carried out a fact-finding mission in Egypt, where it conducted interviews and examined extant Egyptian law and practice, as well …

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by Stephen Adelgren

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced Friday that her office will open a preliminary investigation into the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), stating that the increase in violence has created a "new situation" than that referred to her office in 2004, necessitating a new and separate investigation. Bensouda stated that …

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