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[JURIST] The legal world is a busy place. Here are a few stories we didn't get to this week that we thought you might be interested in.

A new law [text, PDF, in Icelandic] took effect in Iceland Monday, making it the first country to require equal pay for women.

A court in Bangladesh issued an arrest warrant [PTI report] Tuesday for former prime minister Khaleda Zia on arson charges during an anti-government protest.

UN human rights experts on Tuesday condemned [press release] Saudi Arabia's use of counterterrorism laws to quash peaceful protests.

Reports indicated Tuesday that Ethiopia's prime minister had announced plans to release all political prisoners, but the government later denied this, citing a translation error [BBC report]. Only some political prisoners will be freed.

Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras announced Wednesday that it will pay pay $2.95 billion [press release] to settle a US class action suit over corruption.

Five Western nations warned Kosovo [statement] Thursday against repealing or amending the law allowing operation of its war crimes court.

A group of rights organizations on Thursday asked [press release] the US Justice Department to turn over information related to police department reform efforts.

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that Idaho's law banning spying at farms and slaughterhouses is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment.

Vermont's House of Representatives voted 81-63 Thursday to legalize recreational marijuana [materials].

Spain's Supreme Court ruled [judgment, PDF, in Spanish] Friday that former Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras must remain in jail pending an investigation into rebellion and other charges stemming from the recent independence vote.

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