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Legal news from Friday, March 18, 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The French Senate on Thursday adopted a different version of a constitutional amendment that would deprive French citizenship or rights attached to it from dual nationals convicted of terrorism, essentially blocking the measure. For the amendment to pass, the National Assembly and the Senate must agree on the "same text of the legislation and …

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by Alonso Diaz

Environmental law firm ClientEarth filed a lawsuit on Friday against the government of the UK for its alleged failure to combat illegal air pollution. The law firm filed papers stating that the UK experiences 40,000 early deaths from air pollution every year and that "the government is in breach of a Supreme Court order to clean up air …

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by Matthew Santiago

The Georgia state legislature on Thursday approved a bill to allow faith-based establishments, including churches, schools and other organizations, to refuse service or employment to same-sex couples based on their religious beliefs. While groups such as the Georgia Baptist Mission Board see the bill as a First Amendment victory, opponents argue …

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by Matthew Santiago

The Dusseldorf District Court ruled on Wednesday that Apple products infringe upon video streaming patents belonging to the Kudeleski Group, a Swiss security company. In 2014 Kudeleski filed three patent suits against Apple concerning various products including iOS mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod), Apple TV, App Store, and OS X-based …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the city of Ferguson, Missouri, filed a settlement agreement on Thursday to conclude a lawsuit brought by the federal government last month. The settlement proposes an overhaul of the Ferguson police force and municipal court system. In a statement, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said, "he …

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by Alexis Wheeler

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Friday criticized the Saudi Arabian coalition forces in Yemen for the more than 3,000 civilian casualties resulting from the conflict in just the past year. The High Commissioner said, "ooking at the figures, it would seem that the coalition is responsible for twice as many civilian …

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by Mark Casper

EU leaders agreed to a deal with Turkey Friday to stem migrant flows, particularly of Syrian refugees, to Europe in return for financial and political incentive to Ankara. Under the terms of the deal, all migrants crossing the Aegean into Greece would be sent back to Turkey, effectively turning the country into the region's "migrant holding center." …

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by Kasey Tuttle

Simone Gbagbo, formerly the Ivory Coast first lady will be tried for crimes against humanity on April 25, her lawyer said Friday. Gbagbo was already sentenced to 20 years in jail for attacking state authority, which occurred following the country's debated 2010 elections. The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has accused Gbagbo of having …

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by Ram Eachambadi

North Korea defied the new UN and US sanctions by firing a medium-range ballistic missile into the sea on Friday. This development comes within days of the weapons tests ordered by Kim Jong-un which has been linked to the country's pursuit of a long-range nuclear missile capable of reaching the US mainland. According to …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Top UN officials urged the international community on Thursday to develop human-rights-based responses for combating violent extremism as opposed to using a "security only" approach to dealing with the scourge. In a video message to the Human Rights Council Panel discussion in Geneva, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stressed that "human rights …

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by Kasey Tuttle

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday urged the South Sudan government to protect its civilians from the deteriorating conditions within the country. Although there has been a ceasefire, the country is experiencing ongoing violence. Last month, armed men wearing uniforms of the Sudan People's Liberation Army entered the UN Mission site housing civilians, where …

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