EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner told the European Parliament Tuesday that despite overtures from newly sworn-in Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, the European Union would not be granting an association accord to the Ukraine, a step that is seen as a pre-acceptance of a nation into the EU. Ferrero-Waldner sais that the EU already had [...]

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The president of the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq said Wednesday that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had the right to vote in the upcoming national elections, but would not be able to do so due to logistical problems. Abdel Hussein al-Hindawi said that according to the rules governing the right to vote, Hussein would [...]

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In Wednesday's international brief, London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens says that no prosecutions will proceed against the four Britons released from Guantanamo Bay based on material gathered by UK MI5 investigators who made trips to the detention facility. The four men were released from Guantanamo Bay to British officials Tuesday. Upon their arrival [...]

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Working conditions in the American meatpacking industry are so bad that they violate basic human and workers rights, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch . The report, Blood, Sweat, and Fear: Workers' Rights in U.S. Meat and Poultry Plants , concludes that working conditions in meat and poultry plants are unnecessarily hazardous [...]

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Chile's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that judges investigating charges of murder, torture and kidnappings under former dictator Augusto Pinochet's rule should file charges within six months or close their investigations. 365 human rights cases stemming from Pinochet's regime have been working their way through Chile's court system for the past several years with judges reaching [...]

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Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Wednesday, Jan. 26. On Capitol Hill, the US Senate will open its daily session at 9:30 AM ET. The Senate is expected to confirm Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state today. A live webcast is available via C-SPAN. The US [...]

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Trials in two high-profile corporate fraud cases are under way, with the trial of former HealthSouth Corp. CEO Richard Scrushy beginning Tuesday and jury selection in the retrial of former Tyco Inc. officials being completed. Scrushy faces 58 criminal charges in connection with $2.64 billion accounting scandal that came to light in 2003. He will [...]

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