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Legal News
2 Oct 2004
by Kathy Hawkins

Iran overhauled Section 44 of its constitution Saturday, making changes which would allow for privatization of various industries, including shipping, telecommunications, and downstream oil and gas. The constitution, created in 1979, had previously decreed that all core infrastructure must be governed by the state, rather than by private enterprises. The … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2004
by Kathy Hawkins

Russia's upper house of Parliament, the Federation Council, has approved a bill that would allow President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin virtually full power to appoint the judicial branch of the Russian government. The bill has yet to be approved by the lower house, the State Duma, but is expected … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2004
by Kathy Hawkins

Gay rights activists in Louisiana brought a lawsuit Friday challenging the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage approved by Louisiana voters earlier this month. The plaintiffs contend that the law was passed illegally by the state legislature because it serves to ban civil unions as well as gay marriages, and because … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2004
by Kathy Hawkins

Conrad Black, the former CEO of Hollinger Inc., announced on Friday that he would file a $1.1 billion defamation lawsuit against a Hollinger special committee that had filed a report alleging that Black and other corporate executives had stolen money from the company. Hollinger holdings include the Chicago Sun-Times and … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2004
by Kathy Hawkins

Army reservist Pfc. Lynndie England will face a court-martial, a military judge decided on Saturday. England, 21, is one of seven US soldiers facing charges of abuse against Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. England and the other soldiers were implicated by a series of photographs depicting cruel and dehumanizing acts … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2004
by Kathy Hawkins

The leaders of India and Pakistan met in New York Friday in hopes of finding a peaceful resolution to curtail intermittent fighting between the two nations. The countries have had a tumultuous relationship for over 50 years, and have continually fought for ownership over the mountainous region of Kashmir, which … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2004
by Kathy Hawkins

The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency passed a resolution Saturday mandating a review of Iran's nuclear program, and requiring Teheran to halt all uranium enrichment activities by a November 25th deadline. The resolution is a compromise between a US demand to enlist the UN Security Council in supervision and a … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2004
by Kathy Hawkins

In Indonesia on Saturday, police formally arrested 4 people suspected of involvement in the suicide car bombing at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta on September 9th, which killed 9 people and injured 180 others. The police have not yet located the alleged masterminds of the act, who are reported to … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2004
by Kathy Hawkins

A priest in San Mateo, California was acquitted Friday of sexual abuse charges against a teenage girl. The alleged abuse in question occurred over a decade ago, and the victim claims to have been 12 and 13 at the time of the incidents, which warrants a stiffer penalty than molestation … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2004
by Kathy Hawkins

The United Nations Security Council is set to vote Saturday on a draft resolution dedicated to bringing peace to the Darfur region of Sudan. Over the past three weeks, Khartoum authorities and Darfur rebels have attempted to create a peace agreement, but have been unsuccessful. The draft UN resolution includes … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2004
by Kathy Hawkins

Negotiations between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern regarding government actions in Northern Ireland came to an end Saturday without a definitive resolution. The two leaders were attempting to work out an agreement to appease Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which had requested changes to … [read more]

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