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15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Senate [official website] on Wednesday approved a bill [HB 934 materials] that would require voters to show photo ID at the polls. Supporters of the proposed legislation say that it will combat voter fraud, but opponents fear that it will disenfranchise poor, elderly and minority voters who [read more]

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[JURIST] The European Union [official website] said Wednesday that Hungary must change two controversial laws [memo; press release] that went into effect with the country's new constitution on January 1 in order to comply with EU law before aid will be provided to the country. Hungary requested financial aid from [read more]

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[JURIST] The North Cairo Criminal Court on Thursday acquitted a police officer, Mohamed Abdel Moneim, charged with killing 20 protesters and injuring another 15 protesters. Moneim's defense lawyers argued that he was just attempting to protect himself and the police station. He had no intent to kill the protesters, and, [read more]

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[JURIST] Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday demanded a 28-year prison sentence for former Serb nationalist politician and war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj [official website, in Serbian; JURIST news archive]. Delivering closing arguments, Prosecutor Mathias Marcussen claimed that Seselj was responsible [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Wednesday urged member states to put an end to sexual orientation-based violence [press release] and discrimination. In a video address [video; transcript], UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] acknowledged that sexual orientation and gender identity are sensitive subjects, but said action [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Virginia Govenor Bob McDonnell [official website] on Wednesday signed legislation [HB 462] that will require women to have an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion [JURIST news archive]. The bill was approved by the House of Delegates and the Senate [JURIST reports], and is a scaled-back version of a similar [read more]

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