US District Judge Richard Cebull ordered a temporary halt Wednesday to Bush administration plans to allow the resumption of imports of Canadian cattle next week. Judge Cebull granted a preliminary injunction preventing a USDA regulation allowing Canadian cattle imports to resume from taking effect as scheduled Monday. R-CALF USA , an organization representing US cattle [...]

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Drug trafficking in Afghanistan threatens to undermine the rule of law and democracy in the country, according to a report released Wednesday by the International Narcotics Control Board , the independent body charged with monitoring implementation of UN drug conventions. The INCB 2004 Annual Report also expresses concern about drug trafficking in Iraq, saying "The [...]

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New Japanese compulsory insurance rules requiring all foreign ships over 100 tons entering Japanese ports to be insured against oil spills, losses and other damages went into effect Tuesday, effectively barring most North Korean ships. The requirements are seen as a disguised move against direct trade with North Korea; Japan has been considering sanctions against [...]

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Tenet v. Doe, Supreme Court of the United States, March 2, 2005 . Excerpt from the court's opinion by Chief Justice Rehnquist: We reverse because this holding contravenes the longstanding rule, announced more than a century ago in Totten, prohibiting suits against the Government based on covert espionage agreements…. The state secrets privilege and the [...]

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Leading Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, Titan Corp. announced it reached administrative settlement agreement with the US Navy allowing the company to bid, receive and perform on government contracts. Read the Titan press release. The agreement comes a day after Titan agreed to pay a $28.5 million to settle criminal charges brought by the [...]

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Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported Wednesday that a disk seized from the home of one the suspected Madrid train bombers contained detailed plans of New York's Grand Central Station , including "highly specialized technical information." The disk was confiscated within two weeks of the March attack, but the FBI was not warned about the information [...]

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Chief Executive of Hong Kong Tung Chee Hwa is reportedly going to step down from office as the leader of the Chinese special administrative region of Hong Kong for health reasons. Tung took the leadership position in 1997 after China assumed control of the former British colony. He has, however, grown increasingly unpopular in the [...]

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Thousands of hours of audio tapes and transcripts of conversations of Enron traders talking about, or engaging in, violations of federal regulations were released Tuesday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission . FERC has indicated that it will likely use some of the materials pulled from the transcripts of the tapes in its criminal cases [...]

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