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18:05 EDT

[JURIST] Political leaders and observers across Europe were staggered late Sunday by the apparently-massive French rejection [JURIST report] of the proposed European Constitution [official website]. The document, drafted by a European constitutional commission headed by former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing and strongly endorsed by current President Jacques Chirac and [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Exit polls are reporting that French voters have rejected the EU constitution by 54.5% to 45.5%. The last official polls closed in Paris and Lyons at 10 PM local time Sunday (4 PM ET). From Paris, Le Monde provides continuing local coverage.4:13 PM ET - French opposition leaders are [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] French voters Sunday went to the polls in a referendum on France's ratification of the proposed European constitution. Recent polls [JURIST report] suggest a likely win for the "no" side in a vigorous national debate that has been clouded by the domestic unpopularity of the current French government. Early [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Following a series of delays, Israel's Cabinet Sunday approved the release of 400 Palestinian prisoners. Cabinet members voted 18-3 to approve the release, which is the second phase of the 900 Palestinian prisoners negotiated as part of February 8 truce [JURIST report]. A panel will now meet to compile [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Illinois Senate voted Saturday to ban the sale of violent or sexually explicit video games to minors. The Safe Games Act [text], would punish sales clerks who knowingly sell adult video games to minors. A seller could defend itselfs by showing it did not know the buyer was [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Texas Senate Saturday approved Senate Bill 60 [text], which would give jurors in capital murder cases the option of sentencing a defendant to life in prison without parole instead of death. Currently, Texas leads US states in the number of annual executions (24 in 2004); Texas juries can [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] A month-long conference at the United Nations to review the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty [UN backgrounder] ended Friday with no consensus. Ambassador Sergio Duarte of Brazil, President of the 2005 NPT Review Conference [official website] told a press briefing that although the conference had accomplished very little, there had been [read more]

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