Russian Federal Prisons Service director Yuri Kalinin said Wednesday that the transfer of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky to a larger cell with more inmates was "normal prison procedure" and not a form of punishment. Lawyers for Khodorkovsky said earlier this week that he had been denied access to newspapers and television and moved to [...]

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Britain's Conservative Party leader Michael Howard Wednesday joined an earlier call by former UK Home Secretary David Blunkett for the British courts not to interfere with Parliament's efforts to enact new anti-terrorism laws. Prime Minister Tony Blair has made some controversial proposals, including advocating a possible amendment to the Human Rights Act if it interferes [...]

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According to wire reports, the International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed that seals at Iran's Isfahan nuclear facility have been broken , allowing Iran to fully resume its uranium conversion activities. The IAEA held an emergency meeting yesterday to discuss how to handle Iran's resumption of its nuclear program. The US and the EU are [...]

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The California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District Tuesday rejected an appeal to have a measure backed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that would change the redistricting process in California included on November's special election ballot. The ballot measure, Proposition 77 , is a voter initiative that seeks to take the redistricting responsibility away [...]

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A three-judge panel of the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta overturned the convictions and sentences of five accused Cuban spies Tuesday, ruling that their trial in Miami was biased due to community prejudice and extensive media coverage. Ringleader Gerardo Hernandez's murder conspiracy conviction was also overturned. Hernandez was convicted for his role [...]

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