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Legal news from Friday, September 30, 2016
by Matthew Santiago

The Kyrgyzstan Supreme Council on Thursday voted in favor of holding a constitutional referendum that would give more power to the country's prime minister. Should the related parliamentary bill be passed in two more readings, the referendum will be held in December and introduce new constitutional provisions that expand the powers of cabinet …

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by Matthew Santiago

A federal judge on Thursday issued a temporary injunction against Arkansas' suspension of Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood. Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson terminated the Medicaid funding last year following national controversy ignited by video recordings of Planned Parenthood's practices. That same year, District Judge Kristine Baker forced the state to provide …

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by Ashley Hogan

The US Supreme Court on Thursday granted certiorari in eight cases following its September 26 conference. In Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will determine what level of educational benefit school districts must confer on children with disabilities to provide them with the free appropriate public …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The Supreme Court of Nevada ruled Thursday that the funding provision of the state's Education Saving Account (ESA) program is unconstitutional under the Nevada Constitution. In its opinion the court did not address the merit of the program as a whole, but effectively halted implementation until the financial issue can be resolved. The …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia has condemned the passage of the 9/11 bill, called the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to fie civil suits for damages against the country. Pointing out that US' own top leaders, including President Barack …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Thursday condemned an airstrike launched by unmanned aerial vehicle that struck a civilian home killing 15 and injuring 13, including one child. The airstrike, apparently targeting Islamic State (IS) militants, was conducted during the early morning hours of Thursday in the eastern district of Achin where civilians had gathered in …

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by Emelina Perez

A teen blogger in Singapore was sentenced to six weeks in jail on Thursday for "wounding religious feelings" after he pleaded guilty to posting comments on the Internet criticizing Christianity and Islam. The 17-year-old defendant, Amos Yee, told reporters he thought the sentence was very fair. However, others have criticized the sentence as deterring freedom of expression. Last …

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by Emelina Perez

The Sudanese government used chemical weapons on civilians in a region of Darfur between January and September 9, an Amnesty International (AI) investigative report claimed Thursday. During this time, the Sudanese army engaged in a military offensive targeting the Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid. AI believes that during this time 30 attacks occurred and more than 200 …

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