US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, denounced Tuesday the "radical" views of US Supreme Court nominee John Roberts and claimed that Roberts worked to reverse "decades of policies on civil rights, voting rights, women’s rights, privacy, and access to justice." Leahy's remarks came one day after the release of [...]

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UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan , in a report to the UN Security Council, has accused Sudanese rebels of taking part in kidnappings, extortions and thefts, causing the already unstable Darfur region to become even more lawless. Annan said that currently more than 3 million people were in need of humanitarian aid and another 2 million [...]

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Iraq's President Jalal Talabani on Wednesday authorized death sentences for three Iraqi men convicted of murder, paving the way for the first legal executions in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. Talabani, who has opposed capital punishment in the past , said he had instructed Vice President Adil Abdul-Mahdi to approve the hangings. [...]

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An Italian court Wednesday ordered that Ethiopian-born Hamdi Issac, a suspect in the failed July 21 London transport attacks , be extradited to Britain within 35 days. The three judge panel allowed the 35-day delay so that Italian authorities could complete their investigation into Issac's activities. Issac, who has admitted his participation in the attacks, [...]

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A lawyer in Luxembourg filed suit Tuesday challenging the country's July 10th referendum approving the European Constitution . Lawyer Roy Reding claims the government violated Luxembourg's constitution by providing public funding to support a "yes" vote for the EU constitution but not providing the same funding to support a "no" vote. Reding also alleges that [...]

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