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Legal news from Sunday, October 26, 2014
by William Helbling

Ukraine held a parliamentary election on Sunday which resulted in large support for pro-Western parties. President Petro Poroshenko's Bloc party, which has been known to be a pro-European political party, received the most support. President Poroshenko stated in regards to the outcome, "I hope that we will have new Government, Parliament …

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by William Helbling

US Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday announced that the federal government will recognize same sex marriage in six additional states. The addition of Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming will now bring the total number of states recognizing same-sex marriage to 32. The decision by Holder comes after the US Supreme …

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by Dominic Yobbi

An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced 23 activists to three years in prison for protesting without a permit, an act that violates a law enacted in November 2013. The men were arrested in June while protesting the restrictive protest law that requires demonstrators to obtain permission from authorities one week in advance of gathering in public, grants …

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by Dominic Yobbi

Uruguay began voting on Sunday to elect a new president to succeed current leader Jose Mujica. Mujica's leftist party, the Broad Front, is being represented by former President Tabare Vazquez. The opposing right wing party, the National Party, is being represented by Luis Lacalle Pou. Though Mujica remains popular …

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by Taylor Gillan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday criticized the lack of action taken by the Thai government to bring police and military personnel responsible for the deaths of protestors in Tak Bai in 2004 to justice. This failure, according to HRW Asian director Brad Adams, "is a glaring injustice that brings the police, military …

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by Taylor Gillan

Egypt on Saturday declared a three-month state of emergency in the north and center of the Sinai Peninsula following a suicide bombing that killed at least 31 soldiers. The measures will begin at 3:00 GMT on Saturday, according to a statement by Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. There will be an enforced curfew in …

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