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Legal news from Tuesday, November 3, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

A Chinese court on Tuesday jailed a top aide to the country's former security chief Zhou Yongkang on corruption charges. Li Chongxi was one of the top security advisers before being indicted in April. He is part of a number of cases brought by China's communist party to end corruption. Over 1 million yuan in …

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by Taylor Isaac

Syrian armed groups may be committing war crimes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday, stating that the practice of caging captured soldiers and civilians constitutes hostage-taking and an outrage against their personal dignity. A video that surfaced Sunday shows cages holding multiple people being transported by trucks. According to HRW, the armed groups' intent is to place …

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by Emelina Perez

The US Department of Education ruled on Monday that the Palatine Township School District 211 in Illinois violated federal law when it refused to provide gender-appropriate locker rooms for a transgender student. In December 2013 the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a federal complaint alleging that the school district was discriminating based …

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by Miracle Jones

US President Barack Obama announced Monday that he has instructed the Office of Personal Management (OPM) to remove inquiries about criminal records from federal employment applications. Obama made the announcement during a speech at Rutgers University Center for Law and Justice as part of his continued efforts toward criminal justice reform. Monday's announcement means that …

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by William Helbling

Austria's cabinet on Tuesday introduced a new bill to deter Afghan migrants from seeking asylum in the country. Under current Austrian laws, Afghan migrants may bring their family into Austria after waiting one year. The new bill will extend that one-year period to three years in attempt to deter the overwhelmingly large flow of Afghan migrants. It …

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by William Helbling

Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) has failed to clean oil-polluted areas of the Niger Delta despite the company's assurances that it has properly handled the oil spills, Amnesty International (AI) reported Monday. Under Nigerian law, any company that controls an oil pipeline or well is responsible for beginning to clean up any spill within …

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by Brittany Felder

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has determined that the imprisonment of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was political and has urged his immediate release, according to a copy of their report released Monday by Anwar's family. Anwar was sentenced in March to five years in prison for sodomy. The Malaysian government …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The Northern Ireland Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on Monday filed a petition of concern, effectively blocking the region's fifth attempt at legalizing same-sex marriage. The matter came to a vote Monday morning in the Northern Ireland Assembly and was approved by a 53-52 majority by the Members of the Legislative Assembly …

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by Brittany Felder

A German court deemed Monday that a 93-year-old former SS sergeant, charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder for allegedly serving as a Nazi camp prison guard, is fit for trial. Reinhold H, whose last name was withheld for privacy, was declared by a doctor to be fit for trial as long as each day's proceedings …

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