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Legal news from Monday, April 13, 2015
by Addison Morris

Pakistan's Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday ordered the Islamabad Anti-Terrorism Court to conclude its case over the 2008 attacks in Mumbai within the next two months. The case has been ongoing since 2009 against seven suspects being tried in Pakistan with connection to the attacks, which killed 166 people and damaged …

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by Alison Sacriponte

The French Parliament on Monday debated a bill that would give French intelligence services more powers to bug and track potential terrorists in France. The bill would require Internet companies to monitor suspicious behavior. Internet companies are concerned that the legislation could deter clients, and civil liberties advocates argue that the bill lacks adequate privacy …

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by Sarah Boehme

Israeli settlement farmers in the occupied West Bank are using Palestinian child laborers in dangerous conditions in violation of international laws, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. The report states that hundreds of Palestinian children, some as young as 11 years old, are working on the farms for low wages to grow, harvest and pack …

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by Valerie Howell

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Monday reported an increase in civilian casualties from ground engagements in Afghanistan compared to the same time last year, with indications that the number will only continue to rise in the coming months. The report appeals to the Afghan National Security Forces and anti-government elements, the main …

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by Brittany Felder

A UN rights expert said Monday that the civilian refugees from Palestine and Syria trapped inside the Yarmouk refugee camp have suffered "untold indignities". There are approximately 18,000 people within the Yarmouk refugee camp including 3,500 children. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) …

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by Peter Snyder

A Turkish court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday acquitted a Dutch journalist accused of producing propaganda materials on behalf of a Kurdish rebel group. Freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink was charged with disseminating "terrorist propaganda" after she made a series of social media posts allegedly in support of the government-banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) [BBC …

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by William Helbling

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday rejected a petition to stop US drone attacks in the northwestern tribal region of the country. Justice Saqib Nisar presided over the petition and concluded that the it was not a legal issue but rather a security related matter. The decision comes after Pakistan's Islamabad High Court [official …

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