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Legal news from Tuesday, February 8, 2011
by John Paul Putney

Syrian Internet users reported on Tuesday that social media sites Facebook and YouTube are accessible without proxy servers or VPNs. Syria appears to be lifting the ban imposed in 2007 as a concession to avoid popular upheaval in Syria. Because both Facebook and YouTube are routinely accessed by Syrians …

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by Sarah Posner

Hungary agreed Monday to change its controversial media law following negotiations between Hungarian and EU representatives. The new law, which controls private television and radio broadcasters, newspapers, and online news sites, has been criticized as being too restrictive of freedom of expression. Last month, European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes challenged the legality of the act [statement, …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Iraqi government is operating secret prisons, and suspects held in Iraqi custody have been systematically tortured since before the 2003 US invasion, according to a Tuesday report from Amnesty International (AI). The report, "Broken Bodies, Tortured Minds: Abuse and Neglect of Detainees in Iraq," alleges that Iraqi and US forces have detained tens of …

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by Ashley Hileman

The Federal Investigation Agency of Pakistan on Monday named former president Pervez Musharraf as an accused in the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Musharraf's name was included on an interim criminal charge-sheet after investigations revealed that he appointed and allegedly gave orders to …

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by Zach Zagger

Closing arguments began Tuesday in the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, despite Taylor's absence from the courtroom. UN prosecutors said the trial will proceed despite Taylor and his lawyer, Courtenay Griffiths, leaving the courtroom at the beginning of the prosecution's closing …

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by Matt Glenn

A Milan court on Monday ordered Italian authorities to release former Guantanamo Bay detainee Abdel Ben Mabrouk, finding that the eight years Mabrouk served at Guantanamo and the year he spent in an Italian prison were sufficient punishment. The judge handed Mabrouk a two-year suspended sentence for terrorist association based on recommendations …

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by Aman Kakar

Bank of America (BOA) has reached a $410 million settlement in a class action suit accusing the bank of excessive overdraft fees, according to documents submitted Friday in the US District Court Southern District of Florida. BOA is among more than two dozen US, Canadian and European lenders named as defendants in the class action …

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