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Legal news from Friday, November 6, 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

German lawmakers approved a bill Friday allowing assisted suicide for "altruistic motives" but banning the practice in cases where it is being conducted on a "business" basis. Lawmakers voted in favor of the bill despite fears that it could lead to charges against doctors. The bill threatens up to three years in …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The Guatemalan Congress on Thursday approved legislation to raise to legal age for marriage to 18. The minimum legal age for marriage had been 14 for girls and 16 for boys. An exception was made so that girls who are at least 16 can still marry with the approval of a judge. The legislation was accelerated …

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by Matthew Santiago

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Wednesday urged Bangladesh to make a significant effort to prevent extremists from targeting writers, publishers and other potential victims. Zeid stressed that civilians should not feel threatened to exercise their right of free expression. He concluded that the government is obligated to prevent violent …

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by Ram Eachambadi

International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda gave a statement to the UN Security Council (UNSC) Thursday suggesting that peace and stability could soon be achieved in Libya. Bensouda credits the UN-facilitated dialogues towards establishing a Libyan Government of National Accord and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) …

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by William Helbling

The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Thursday that same-sex divorce is legal within the state. In a 5-4 decision, the high court granted the divorce order citing to the recent US Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges as the main legal authority. The case was brought by Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham who sought a …

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by William Helbling

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that a Florida state law that bars retailers from imposing surcharges on credit card purchases is unconstitutional. Under the Florida statute it is a second-degree misdemeanor if a business imposes a surcharge on a customer who uses a credit card. The circuit judges …

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