Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, Feb. 21. The US Senate and US House are in recess today for the President's Day holiday. Both will resume their sessions on Feb. 28. European Commission Vice President Margot Wallström will speak at a press conference on the [...]

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Spanish television is reporting that a clear majority of Spanish voters who turned out in Sunday's referendum on the European Union constitution voted in favor of ratification. Exit polls are showing that over 78% voted in favor of the EU constitution, though only about 41% of the population turned out for the non-binding referendum. Sunday's [...]

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Israel's Cabinet approved the government's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip Sunday, the first time an Israeli government has decided to dismantle Jewish settlements on land claimed by Palestinians. Also Sunday, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon signed an order that makes it illegal for Israelis to remain in the Gaza Strip and the northern part [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers submitted his letter of resignation to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Sunday, citing a lack of confidence in him due to allegations of sexual harassment . Saying that the sexual harassment claims could not be substantiated, Lubbers wrote "For more than four years I gave all my energy to [...]

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The legal battle over Terri Schiavo could wrap up this week if either Florida's 2nd District Court of Appeals or the Pinellas Circuit Court act to end appeals in the dispute over the fate of the brain-damaged Florida woman. Both courts, which have previously upheld her right to die, are expected to issue rulings this [...]

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The UN General Assembly's legal committee has adopted a non-binding resolution against all forms of human cloning, including techniques used in stem cell research. After several days of debate , the committee voted 71-35, with 43 abstentions, to adopt the resolution, which was put forward by Honduras and backed by the Bush administration. The measure [...]

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A federal judge has delayed the start of the class-action fraud suit against WorldCom until March 17, so that lawyers can interview witnesses from former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers fraud trial after it ends in the next few weeks. US District Judge Denise Cote also issued strict guidelines for testimony and arguments, and ordered that [...]

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