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Legal news from Monday, April 6, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

A spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that a prosecutor ordered Internet providers to block social networking sites including Twitter and YouTube. The order stems from photos posted on the social media sites that show militant Marxists pointing a gun at a prosecutor who died last week during a shootout between police and the Marxists who …

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by Valerie Howell

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge to North Carolina voting restrictions that opponents claim were intended to impede Democratic voters from casting ballots. The 2013 North Carolina law includes provisions that require photo identification, as well as the contested bar on same-day voter registration and provisional voting …

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by Brittany Felder

A Bangladeshi appeals court on Monday rejected a final appeal by Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, an Islamist party official convicted of war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War, upholding his death sentence. Kamaruzzaman can seek presidential clemency, but if his plea is rejected he will face execution soon. Kamaruzzaman would be the second individual executed …

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by Peter Snyder

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced Monday that the Ukrainian government would no longer object to allowing a referendum that could grant greater autonomy to the eastern regions of the country controlled by Russian-backed rebels. This concession marks a major reversal in the Ukrainian government's position regarding the rebel-held regions. Despite the president's …

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by Addison Morris

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on Sunday ordered a female Palestinian legislative council member, Khalida Jarrar, to serve a six-month detention without trial. Jarrar, member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has been placed under Israeli administrative detention, a system Israel says exists to prevent attacks by militants. …

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by William Helbling

An Indonesian court on Monday rejected the appeals of two Australians on death row for drug smuggling. The two Australians, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, are known leaders of the Bali Nine narcotics organization. They filed appeals after President Joko Widodo rejected their pleas to spare their lives. Lawyers for the Australians expressed …

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