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[JURIST] The United States currently holds some 18,000 detainees [JURIST news archive] in two US-run Iraqi detention facilities, Camp Bucca and Camp Cropper [Wikipedia backgrounders], the Washington Post reported Sunday, citing US military sources. In the past month, the US has increased security in Baghdad, leading to an additional 1,000 [read more]

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[JURIST] Writing Sunday in a Washington Post op-ed [text], US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales denied any impropriety on his part in the firings of eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive]. Two days before his scheduled Congressional testimony on the firings, Gonzales said he had "nothing to hide":I know that I [read more]

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[JURIST] Elections of governors and state officials in Nigeria [JURIST news report] Saturday were marred by violence and accusations of fraud in what has been called an "experiment" as the nation prepares for next week's presidential election [BBC report]. Newspapers reported as many as 52 casualties in election-related violence, with [read more]

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[JURIST] A overwhelming majority of referendum voters in Ecuador [JURIST news archive] Sunday appear to have approved the convening of a constitutional assembly to rewrite that nation's constitution [text, in Spanish], according to a Cedatos-Gallup exit poll. A plan initiated by President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile] [read more]

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[JURIST] Russian police arrested dozens of protesters Sunday before and during a rally in St. Petersburg opposing the policies of Russian president Vladimir Putin for a second straight day. The arrests followed the detention of some 200 anti-Putin protesters [JURIST report] - including liberal United Civil Front [party website, in [read more]

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[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation [official website, in Russian] Friday banned the Social Democratic Party of Russia [party website, in Russian] for failure to follow regulations. The Court upheld a judgment in favor of the Russian Registration Service [official website, in Russian], which had sued the party [read more]

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