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Legal news from Sunday, October 10, 2004
20:10 EDT

In a joint press conference with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder Sunday, Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf said his country will not support expanded membership of the UN Security Council [official website]. Musharraf stated that increasing the number of permanent members on the council "is against the democratic consideration of the sovereign [read more]

18:10 EDT

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov [official profile], in Tehran to discuss an $800 million deal [Aljazeera report] to build a nuclear power plant in southern Iran in 2006, has told a press conference that US efforts to refer Iran to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] over its [read more]

15:10 EDT

Germany's highest administrative court has ruled that the Baden-Wurttemberg [official website] region's ban on Muslim teachers wearing headscarves also requires Christian nuns, who teach extensively in the predominantly Catholic region, to remove their habits before entering the classroom. The full text from the Federal Administrative Court [official website] ruling is [read more]

15:10 EDT

In a rare weekend session, the Senate Sunday removed the last procedural obstacles to a vote on what has become known as the JOBS bill, providing $136 billion in tax cuts for corporations ranging from multinationals and manufacturers (defined broadly to include construction and architectural firms) to US-based importers of [read more]

11:10 EDT

Members of Somalia's 275 member parliament [official website] began voting Sunday for the country's interim president. The MPs, who were nominated in August, consist mainly of warlords and clan leaders. They will choose between 26 candidates [AFP report] on the ballot. Somalia has had no government since 1991 and has [read more]

10:10 EDT

Several opposition candidates in Afghanistan's presidential election who had previously called for a boycott of the election results have softened their position. Rather than supporting a new election as was called for on Saturday, they are now requesting an investigation into irregularities and fraud. The main source of the fraud [read more]

10:10 EDT

A senior Bosnian Serb commander was officially taken into custody Sunday by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] at The Hague. Ljubisa Beara [indictment], a former colonel in the Bosnian Serb army, is accused of executing 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica [BBC report] in 1995. Beara [read more]

08:10 EDT

Today's New York Times covers Afghanistan's peaceful but controversial presidential election. The Times also highlights the US House passage of an emergency aid bill for Florida and the way a little-known law is being used against journalists in the investigation of the leak of a CIA operative's identity.The Washington Post [read more]

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