BBC News is reporting that the Ukrainian parliament has passed reform measures to eliminate fraud from the re-run of the presidential vote later this month, and to weaken the president's powers. 9:15 AM ET – More details are now available here. According to the BBC, the reforms include: Reforming the Central Election Commission, dismissing the [...]

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Log of (and links to) records obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union from the US Defense Department and other government agencies pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request for documents concerning the treatment and interrogation of detainees in United States custody, the deaths of detainees in United States custody, and the "rendition" of [...]

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The Prosecutor v. Slobodan Milosevic, Decision on assigned counsel's motion for withdrawal, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, December 7, 2004 . Excerpt: The Trial Chamber observes that assignment of counsel against the wishes of the accused is a developing area of the law both in national and international jurisdictions. In such a situation [...]

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The US House of Representatives has passed the revised conference report version of an intelligence reform bill based on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission. 7:57 PM ET – S. 2845, variously called the National Intelligence Reform Act or (according to the conference report) the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, passed 336-75. AFP [...]

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Documents released Tuesday by the ACLU pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act proceeding say that Defense Intelligence Agency personnel in Iraq who witnessed abuses of prisoners by a US Special Forces team were threatened to prevent them reporting those abuses, had their car keys taken and e-mails monitored, and were warned not to leave [...]

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A long-awaited reported to Congress by the US Defense Department Inspector General has concluded that "leadership failures" by multiple Air Force secretaries, military chiefs of staff, legal officers and superintendents of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs resulted in a decade of sexual abuse and harassment of female cadets at the elite facilty. Inspector [...]

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The US military's Combatant Status Review Tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has decided to retain custody of 33 more detainees as properly-designated "enemy combatants", according to a military spokesman speaking Tuesday. Thusfar panels of the Tribunal have considered at least 466 review hearings and have handed down 194 decisions. Only in one instance has a [...]

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