Legal news from Sunday, April 3, 2005
14:04 EDT

[JURIST] A UN envoy announced Sunday that Syria will withdraw its 14,000 troops from Lebanon by the end of April, before Lebanese parliamentary elections in May. Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq al-Shara told the UN's Terje Roed-Larsen that "all Syrian troops, military assets and the intelligence apparatus will have been withdrawn [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's transitional National Assembly [Wikipedia entry] took an important step forward Sunday, naming a Sunni Arab, Hajim al-Hassani, as parliament speaker [AP report]. The selection ends days of shouting, bickering, and accusations. Two deputies were also chosen--Kurdish politician Aref Tayfour, and Shia politician Hussein al-Shahrastani. With Assembly leaders now [read more]

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[JURIST] The body of Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive] was cremated Saturday amidst continued disputes between her husband Michael and her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler. Michael Schiavo wanted the body cremated and the ashes buried at the family plot in Pennsylvania; the Schindlers wanted her body buried in Florida [read more]

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[JURIST] Updating a Saturday report on JURIST's Paper Chase, US military officials Sunday raised the casualty total [AP report] from Saturday's late-night attack on the infamous Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] to 56, including 44 Americans and 12 detainees. Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility [Reuters report]. At least 40 [read more]

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[JURIST] Former US Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell Saturday joined the Democratic party chorus opposing Republican threats to ban Senate filibusters [Reuters report] of judicial nominees. Delivering the Democrats' Saturday radio address, Mitchell chided Republicans for seeking to overturn a 200-year old Senate practice in the face of Senate approval [read more]

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