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Legal news from Thursday, January 5, 2017
by Akira Tomlinson

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas on Wednesday extended a restraining order blocking new Texas regulations that would require the burial or cremation of aborted fetal remains until January 27. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is confident the court will rule for the state, …

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by Matthew Santiago

Four Yemeni detainees were transferred Thursday from Guantanamo Bay to Saudi Arabia. After the detainees landed, a White House spokesman confirmed that there would likely be more Guantanamo detainees released before the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, but no specific details were offered. The Obama administration currently hopes to release 19 …

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by Akira Tomlinson

Former prime minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj was arrested in France on Wednesday on charges of war crimes filed by Serbia. Serbia claims that Haradinaj's unit, the Black Eagles, tortured and killed Serbian civilians. Kosovo's current president, Hashim Thaci, condemned the arrest, calling it a threat to stability in the region. Haradinaj appeared in court on …

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by Matthew Santiago

Egyptian activist and youth leader Ahmed Maher, known for his role in the 2011 revolution against former president Hosni Mubarak, was released from prison on Wednesday following his arrest in 2013. Maher, as well as fellow activists Ahmed Douma and Mohammed Adel, had been arrested for protesting against a new law that effectively …

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by Erik Slobe

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which is under the US Department of Labor, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Google over the company's refusal to provide requested items related to their compensation policies. Google is under an Advertising and Integrated Marketing Solutions contract with the federal government. Part of that contract includes …

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by Erik Slobe

Several militias operating in Iraq have been committing war crimes using weapons manufactured in 16 different countries, including the US, Russia, China and Iran, Amnesty International (AI) said in a report Thursday. The report discusses the actions of four particular militia groups—Munathamat Badr (Badr Brigades or Badr Organization), 'Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq (League of the …

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