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Legal news from Thursday, July 3, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

The Missouri Supreme Court will hear legal challenges to a proposed constitutional amendment dealing with state gun rights that will appear on the ballot next month. Proposed Constitutional Amendment 5 would ask voters whether to enhance the right to keep and bear arms in the constitution. These changes include gun-control measures being subject to …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

Pakistan's parliament on Wednesday passed a new anti-terrorism bill that detractors are claiming grants excessive power to police. The proposed legislation, known as the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, allows police to use lethal force, to search buildings without a warrant and to detain suspects at secret facilities for up to 60 days without …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

According to a report issued by the UN on Tuesday, children continued to be victims of violence and military recruitment in 23 conflict zones around the world in 2013. Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui condemned the abuses, particularly the recruitment of child soldiers by seven national armies and 50 …

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by William Hibbitts

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) issued a report Wednesday endorsing the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance program before a final meeting to discuss and vote on the release of the report. The report contained the results of a study the board conducted on how the NSA …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The office of the North Dakota Attorney General on Wednesday filed a motion to dismiss a challenge to the state's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a union between one man and one woman. Seven couples challenged the law in June, alleging that it violates the equal protection, due process and right-to-travel clauses of …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in the Federal High Court of Nigeria against Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Attorney General Muhammed Adoke and Muhammed Abacha, son of Nigeria's former de facto President Sani Abacha. SERAP alleges that Jonathan and Adoke violated Nigeria's 1999 Constitution [text, …

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