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17:10 EDT

[JURIST] An Iraqi court on Sunday acquitted two men accused of killing six British soldiers in Basra in 2003. The court ruled that it had insufficient evidence [Al Jazeera report] to prosecute Hamza Hateer and Mussa Ismael al-Fartusi for their participation in the "Red Cap murders" [Guardian backgrounder]. The incident [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Cabinet [official website] approved an amendment [press release] Sunday to the country's Citizenship law [UNHCR backgrounder] that would require those seeking citizenship to pledge allegiance to Israel as a "Jewish and democratic state" and promise "to honor the laws of the state." The amendment was approved by [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Representatives from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) appeared before the UN General Assembly (UNGA) [official websites] on Friday to request additional financial resources [press release] and institutional support on behalf of the various war crimes tribunals. The [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [official profile, in Spanish; BBC profile] signed a controversial bill [text, PDF; in Spanish] into law Friday that permits the government to punish media outlets for publishing racist content. Under the new law, the government can fine or even revoke [Reuters report] the media [read more]

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