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Legal news from Friday, March 11, 2016
by Alexandra Farone

The High Negotiations Committee (HNC), comprised of Syrian opposition groups, stated Friday that they will attend peace discussions with the Damascus government facilitated by the UN that will begin on Monday. The HNC seeks a transitional government with full executive powers, and no role for President Bashar al-Assad or his associates. These peace negotiations will …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) on Friday released a report describing a multitude of atrocious human rights violations taking place in South Sudan as part of the South Sudan Civil War. This report describes "in searing detail" violations including "aovernment-operated 'scorched earth policy,' and deliberate targeting of civilians for …

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by Alexandra Farone

The Missouri State Senate passed on Thursday a proposal to amend the state constitution to provide broader religious protections for individuals and businesses opposed to gay marriage. In a 23-7 vote, lawmakers passed the measure in the wake of a failed 37-hour filibuster by Democrats. The bill seeks to protect religious organizations …

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by Justin Cosgrove

North Korea's state-run news agency (KCNA) reported Friday that Kim Jong-un watched a ballistic missile launch test, and ordered more tests, in order to improve the country's nuclear attack capabilities. This test is believed to have taken place when North Korea launched two short-range missiles on Thursday that ended up in the Sea of Japan. …

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