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Legal news from Wednesday, April 9, 2014
by Daniel Mullen

Kenya's Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku announced on Wednesday that Kenya deported 82 Somalis and rounded up hundreds of other undocumented immigrants in response to a series of attacks committed by Somali Militants since 2011. Since the crackdown, almost 4,000 have been arrested, nearly 500 of whom remain in custody. Lenku stated that the "process …

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by Daniel Mullen

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Wednesday ordered Bank of America to pay $727 million for its illegal credit card practices. The CFPB asserts that Bank of America used deceptive marketing and unfair billing practices in violation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Financial Protection Act. …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

A federal appeals court panel ruled on Tuesday to continue to block new regulations on the use of abortion medication while a case against them plays out in court. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit blocked the Arizona rules last week. Attorney General Tom Horne asked the court …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Human rights violations by Syrian government forces "far outweigh" those by armed rebel groups, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay told the UN Security Council on Tuesday. Pillay briefed the Security Council on the human rights situations in Syria, Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan, Mali and Libya, and called again for …

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by Peter Snyder

An Afghan election official from the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) warned in a news conference Wednesday that Saturday's national election may may have suffered a degree of fraud. According to IECC spokesperson Nadir Mohsini In the 48-hour period for filing complaints after the election the IECC received 1,573 formal complaints in its offices and another 1,530 …

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by Benjamin Minegar

A French appellate court on Wednesday overturned the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. In January, a French trial court in the Aix-En Province agreed to extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, both of which house BTA Bank branches, partly because France …

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by Peter Snyder

US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he will be signing two executive actions aimed at helping combat pay discrimination between men and women. According to the White House's press release, US Census statistics show, "on average, full-time working women still earn 77 cents to every dollar earned by men." One of the president's actions …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The Constitutional Court of Russia on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of a law requiring non-government organizations (NGOs) to register as "foreign agents" if they accept foreign funding. The law, passed in 2012, requires that all NGOs that accept foreign funding and engage in "political activity" must register as "foreign agents," …

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by Benjamin Minegar

US Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday expressed concern before the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee with respect to the proliferation of virtual currencies, which, he asserts, have created new avenues for money laundering, drug trafficking and other illegal activity. Holder noted that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official …

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