In an attempt to resolve division among UN member states, Italy has put forth a compromise proposal for a global treaty on human cloning. The UN General Assembly's Legal Committee (the Sixth Committee) has been debating two proposals, one from Costa Rica that would ban all human cloning, and one from Belgium that would ban [...]

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he doesn't intend to change the Russian constitution or take more power for the presidency when reforming Russia's government structure. Putin said proposals in his reform package, which includes replacing elected governors with Kremlin nominees and moving to party-list elections to parliament, "are totally unconnected with any attempt [...]

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The European Parliament voted 449-149 (with 82 abstentions) Thursday to approve the slate of incoming EU Commissioners as put forth by new Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Barroso withdrew his original slate of commissioners from consideration by the European Parliament after Rocco Buttiglione, who was nominated for the EU justice portfolio, received harsh criticism for [...]

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Three plaintiffs supported by the Kentucky Fairness Alliance have filed a lawsuit against Kentucky's recently-approved constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on the grounds that it applies both to marriage and civil unions. The suit says that by not allowing voters to vote on the two aspects separately, the proposed ban violated constitutional provisions on how [...]

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Cross examination of Disney CEO Michael Eisner began Wednesday in a shareholder suit against Walt Disney Co. over whether the executive board neglected its duty to shareholders in allowing former president Michael Ovitz to leave with a $140 million severance package after only 14 months of work. The case threatens to set a high-profile precedent [...]

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Petco Animal Supplies has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the animal supply company's website violated federal law by misrepresenting privacy promises it made to its customers, the FTC announced Wednesday. The Commission said Petco did not take reasonable or appropriate measures to prevent hacker attacks, allowing access to consumer records and credit [...]

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