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Legal news from Sunday, November 4, 2007
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] A top official with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) [official website] said Sunday that an unsuccessful bid by a French charity to fly 103 children out of Chad [ZA backgrounder, in French] late last month violated international law. UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman [official profile] was quoted by [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website] said Sunday that he will support the nomination [CNN transcript] of former federal judge Michael Mukasey [WH profile; JURIST news archive] as US attorney general. Mukasey's nomination has come under fire over his refusal [JURIST report] to call waterboarding [JURIST news archive] [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Chadian authorities Sunday freed seven Europeans - three French journalists and four Spanish flight attendants - held in connection with a French charity's attempted airlift from Chad of 103 children alleged to be Darfur orphans. French President Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile] flew to Chad Sunday to personally intervene with [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani police and security services detained hundreds of lawyers, rights activists and opposition figures Saturday and Sunday in a clampdown following President Pervez Musharraf's Saturday proclamation of emergency rule [JURIST report]. Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said Sunday that up to 500 people had been arrested in the previous 24-hour [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] New Pakistan Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar Sunday effectively set aside dismissed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry's last-ditch attempt to block [JURIST report] President Pervez Musharraf's Saturday emergency declaration and Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) [text], saying that the Supreme Court of Pakistan had issued no order on the matters. A [read more]

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