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13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The North Carolina General Assembly [official website] on Thursday approved a bill [HB 589; materials] that will require voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls. The legislation was approved by the state house by a vote of 73-41 after the senate approved it by a vote of [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Thursday that Halliburton Energy Services [corporate website; JURIST news archive] has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence [press release] in connection with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill [JURIST news archive] in the Gulf of Mexico. Halliburton stands accused [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday intervened [press release, in Spanish] in the public hearing of the Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] to defend the Framework for Peace [JURIST report], a proposed constitutional amendment that brought about peace talks with the FARC and [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) [official website] on Thursday introduced a bill [press release] to address popular concerns about personal privacy and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court [FJC summary]. If the bill is passed, the court will be presided over by judges that are nominated by the president and [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Thursday filed a announced charges [indictment, PDF; press release] against SAC Capital Advisors [corporate website], the hedge fund run by billionaire Steven Cohen [Forbes profile]. Although Cohen was not charged in the indictment, the Securities and [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] announced [press release] on Thursday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] will ask [filing, PDF] a federal court in Texas to subject the state to a preclearance regime similar to the one required by Section 5 of the Voting Rights [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] China's former Communist Party leader Bo Xilai [BBC report] has been formally charged with corruption, embezzlement and abuse of power, the state-run news agency, Xinhua [official website], announced [Xinhua report] on Thursday. Bo allegedly used his position in the Communist Party of China (CPC) to accept bribes in the [read more]

06:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday condemned [press release] the assassination of Tunisian opposition leader and member of the National Constituent Assembly [official website], Mohamed Brahmi. Brahmi was shot dead [BBC report] outside his home in Tunis, sparking protests throughout the country. [read more]

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