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Legal news from Sunday, February 19, 2017
by Mark Casper

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday issued a call to Philippine authorities to drop political charges against Senator Leila de Lima, who has spoken against President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. The charges brought against de Lima, as well as her driver and several unnamed individuals, are for violation of section 5 of the Dangerous …

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by Mark Casper

US Republican senators announced on Sunday that they are planning to introduce a bill further sanctioning Iran for testing ballistic missiles and attempting to "destabilize" the Middle East. Tehran recently increased international tensions after testing ballistic missiles with the inscription "Death to Israel". Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called Iran "a bad actor in the greatest …

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by Ruben Sindahl

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Sunday that Iraqi forces, backed by the US, have begun their offensive push into the western sector of the city of Mosul, currently occupied by the Islamic State (IS). IS forces have been confined to the region since last year's offensive that forced the IS to abandon the eastern sector. …

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by Ruben Sindahl

John Kelly, Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), signed several memos on Friday detailing plans to facilitate the detention and deportation of immigrants in the US illegally. According to the guidelines, DHS hopes to further enforce immigration laws by increasing the number of immigrants targeted for primary removal and …

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