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Legal news from Sunday, March 3, 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday upheld the listing of polar bears as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Designation of the animal as threatened gives polar bears the lower of two levels of protection. This designation was challenged by both environmental groups, …

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by Cynthia Miley

Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court on Sunday dismissed complaints against the assembly that drafted the country's new constitution, the official MENA news agency reported. The complaints had challenged the method for selecting members of the assembly and said the panel, which liberals and Christians had boycotted, did not represent all Egyptians. The charter was …

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by Cynthia Miley

Somali appeals court judge Mohamed Hassan Ali on Sunday dropped charges against a woman who alleged she had been raped by Somali government security forces and was consequently charged with defamation against the government. The judge found the evidence insufficient to back the prosecutor's charge that led the woman to receive a one-year prison sentence. …

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