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Legal news from Thursday, May 22, 2014
by Max Slater

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced on Wednesday that he will not appeal a federal court ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Corbett stated that the ruling, authored by Judge John Jones E. Jones III, goes against his political and religious beliefs. …

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by Max Slater

The Louisiana State Legislature approved a bill on Wednesday that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. If the bill becomes law, it will likely shut down three of the state's five abortion clinics. Proponents of the bill argue that …

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by Bradley McAllister

Thailand's new military junta leader, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, announced on Thursday the military has seized control of the country and suspended its constitution. Chan-ocha became the leader of Thailand's army in 2010 and has proclaimed an interest in keeping the army neutral, but over the years his ties to the political system have strengthened. The general issued …

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by Bradley McAllister

Tunisia's Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday the national police arrested eight suspected terrorists who entered the north-African country from neighboring Libya. It iss believed the terrorists received weapons and explosives training in Libya, and Tunisian Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui stated: "This group of eight extremists came from Libya ... planning to …

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by Addison Morris

A Palestinian court on Wednesday announced that Mohammed Dahlan, leading rival of President Mahmoud Abbas, has been sentenced in absentia to two years in prison, which is likely to hinder his ability to garner a leadership position in the future. Dahlan, a former Palestinian security chief, was convicted of defamation because of his allegations that …

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by Addison Morris

Vietnam's prime minister announced Thursday that his country is considering legal action against China regarding its claims of sovereignty over the South China Sea. Because any action will likely be fiercely opposed by China, Vietnam has thus far attempted a low-key approach to the issue of disputed waters. However, earlier this month, China deployed an oil rig …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday granted Idaho's request for a stay pending appeal of a recent decision by a federal judge to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage. This essentially means that no same-sex marriages will be allowed or recognized in Idaho until the appeal is decided. Judge …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled Wednesday that the case against Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi may proceed in the ICC and that Libyan authorities must immediately surrender Saif al-Islam to The Hague. Saif al-Islam is being tried on multiple crimes against humanity associated with the 2011 revolt in his home country. …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday condemned both the Syrian government and the armed rebels for their callousness towards the hardships both groups have imposed on the people of Aleppo. Pillay had previously opined that human rights violations by Syrian government forces "far outweigh" those by rebel groups. However, …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Five men were found guilty for their involvement in the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya in a Russian court on Tuesday. Brothers Rustam, Ibragim and Dzhabrail Makhmudov, their uncle Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, and former Moscow police officer Sergei Khadzhikurbanov were all convicted, but a mastermind behind the murder has yet to be named [Reuters …

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