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Legal news from Thursday, May 12, 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The senate of Brazil voted on Thursday to suspend and initiate an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff for allegedly borrowing from state banks to cover a deficit and pay for social programs to secure her re-election in 2014. The senate debated throughout the night and voted on Thursday morning 55 to 22 …

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by Alonso Diaz

Italian members of parliament on Wednesday voted in favor of a law recognizing civil unions of same-sex couples. The Italian Parliament voted 372 to 51 with 99 abstentions in favor of the law. The vote makes Italy the last major Western country and last nation in the 28-nation EU to grant legal …

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by Kasey Tuttle

Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against Ohio's health department on Wednesday over a law designed to reduce funding to the organization. Planned Parenthood claims that thousands of patients will be denied access to HIV tests, cancer screenings, health education and prevention programs without the funding. The Ohio law is to take effect May 23, …

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by Kasey Tuttle

Nearly 150 individuals, including 11 children, have died this year in Nigeria's military detention barracks, Amnesty International (AI) reported Wednesday. According to the report, the Giwa detention barracks detains around 1,200 people, many of whom were arbitrarily detained and are being held without evidence. The detainees are allegedly housed in dirty, overcrowded cells and struggle …

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