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Legal news from Wednesday, May 14, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Idaho on Tuesday struck down Idaho's laws banning same-sex marriage. Four same-sex couples filed the lawsuit in November, challenging Idaho's prohibition on same-sex marriage and refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state. Citing the US …

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by Max Slater

An Egyptian court on Wednesday ruled that a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood was not guilty of insulting the judiciary in comments he made to the press. Egypt's government charged Muslim Brotherhood leader Mahdi Akef with insulting the judiciary after he accused the judicial branch of corruption …

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by Max Slater

Police in the Pakistani province of Punjab on Tuesday filed charges of blasphemy against 68 lawyers for protesting police actions. Last week several dozen lawyers, mostly from Pakistan's Shiite minority, staged a protest against a high-ranking police official for detaining and beating a lawyer following a disagreement. The blasphemy charges underscore more widespread tensions …

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by Ann Schober

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, announced Tuesday that she will reopen a preliminary investigation into alleged mistreatment and killings of Iraqi detainees in Iraq by UK military forces from 2003 through 2008. Bensouda stated that her office received new information in January from two human rights organizations implicating …

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by Ann Schober

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday that it has strong evidence the Syrian government used chemical weapons on three rebel-held towns in Northern Syria last month. The announcement reveals results of a two-week investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) into the alleged chemical warfare. HRW …

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