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Legal news from Thursday, January 5, 2017

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas [official website] on Wednesday extended [order, PDF] a restraining order blocking new Texas regulations [text, PDF] that would require the burial or cremation of aborted fetal remains until January 27. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton [official website], … [read more]

[JURIST] Four Yemeni detainees were transferred [press release] Thursday from Guantanamo Bay to Saudi Arabia. After the detainees landed, a White House spokesman confirmed [Reuters reports] that there would likely be more Guantanamo detainees released before the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump [official website], but no specific details … [read more]

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 [official website], condemned the arrest [AP report], calling it a threat … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian activist and youth leader Ahmed Maher, known for his role in the 2011 revolution [JURIST backgrounder] against former president Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile], 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 … [read more]

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) [official website], which is under the US Department of Labor, filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday against Google [corporate website] over the company's refusal to provide requested items related to their compensation policies. Google is under an Advertising and Integrated Marketing Solutions … [read more]

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) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF] Thursday. The report discusses [press release] the actions of four particular militia groups—Munathamat Badr (Badr … [read more]

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