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16:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado [official website] on Monday ruled that a challenge to the Colorado Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR) can proceed. The lawsuit argues that TABOR is unconstitutional [Denver Post report] because it limits state spending and bars lawmakers from [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Monday that the ship formerly known as the Exxon Valdez [EPA backgrounder] may be dismantled at the country's biggest scrapyard. The two-judge panel headed by Altamas Kabir overruled [Bloomberg report] a May decision by the Gujarat Pollution Control Board [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Saudi Arabia's Ministry of the Interior [official website] announced Monday that a former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] inmate who had completed the country's militant rehabilitation program surrendered to Saudi authorities. Adnan al-Sayegh, who was placed in the Ministry's rehabilitation program after returning from Guantanamo in 2006, escaped to Yemen [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK High Court [official website] in London on Monday denied an application for bail [judgment, PDF] by Muslim cleric Abu Qatada [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Qatada had challenged a previous ruling that had denied him bail on grounds that the government's risk of losing Qatada was too [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Complaints about violations committed by Mexico's military forces have been on the rise, a report [press release] issued by the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego (TBI) [official website] said on Monday. The report alleges that Mexican military forces have been committing human rights violations with impunity. [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Malian soldiers loyal to the country's coup leader, Captain Amadou Sanogo, have been committing human rights violations, including torture, extra-judicial killings, and enforced disappearances, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF; press release] on Tuesday. The report documented inhumane detention conditions of opposition forces, including [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Indian authorities and Maoist rebel groups have threatened and attacked civil society activists thereby interfering with the human rights work in the area of central and eastern India, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF; press release ] Monday. HRW found that most of the activists who [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Tuesday stated [press release, PDF] that Visa Europe, a subsidiary of Visa, Inc. [corporate websites], has breached EU antitrust laws. Visa Europe imposes multilateral interchange fees (MIFs) that retailers must pay for accepting Visa's payment cards from consumers. The Commission said that such [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of State (DOS) [official website] on Monday released its annual International Religious Freedom Report [materials] documenting threats to religious freedom throughout the world. The report documents current international threats to religious freedom—particularly laws that punish religious traditions and blasphemy laws that are often used to punish [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], Cambodia's UN-supported war crimes tribunal, announced Monday that it has appointed [press release] a US judge to investigate two new Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] cases, strongly opposed by the government, after two other judges resigned in protest. Mark [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday signed a new agreement [press release] with the US that tightens the rules for Americans adopting children from the Russian Federation. Specifically, a foreign family can adopt a Russian child only if there is no Russian family found [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Taiwanese university announced Monday that it has filed a patent suit against Apple [corporate website] in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas [official website]. Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University [university website] holds two different patents related to voice-to-text technology that were issued in 2007 [read more]

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