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Legal news from Thursday, April 13, 2017
by Alexandra Farone

Over two dozen US insurance companies associated with Travelers Companies initiated a lawsuit on Wednesday against ten defendants over the September 11 terrorist attacks, including companies affiliated with Osama bin Laden's family, Saudi banks and several charities. The companies filed suit in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York …

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by Alexandra Farone

US President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a bill into law that scales back an Obama administration regulation that protected certain federal funds for organizations that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood. The new law will allow states to block such abortion providers from federal funds provided through the Title X Family Planning program …

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by Jonathon Churchin

Malaysia's Sepang court on Thursday postponed until May proceedings against two women accused of killing Kim Jong Nam.The hearing was scheduled by request of the prosecutor to determine if the women would be tried jointly and in an attempt to move the case to a higher court. The court decided to …

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by Jonathon Churchin

The Tokyo High Court on Thursday upheld a lower court obscenity decision against a female artist over distribution of 3-D printed models of vaginas. Megumi Igarashi is an artist who was found guilty of distributing the models. The lower court had held that Igarushi violated article 175 of the Japanese Penal Code …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The Lok Sabha chamber of Indian parliament approved a bill Tuesday to provide for the prevention and control of HIV and AIDS as well as to protect the human rights of affected persons. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Bill was initially introduced in 2014 by the Ministry of …

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by Aaron Christenson

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday unanimously held that Russia violated European human rights laws when it raided a terrorist-held school in the Russian town of Beslan in 2004, leading to the death of more than 330 civilian hostages. More than 180 children were killed in the attack. Russia contended in the suit that …

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by Rachel Gerber

Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov filed a slander lawsuit Wednesday against Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in Moscow's Lyublinksy district court, according to court documents and the court press secretary. In a statement, court service secretary said, "Usmanov's slander lawsuit against Navalny has been indeed filed with the Lyublinsky court. The court will decide on …

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by Jennifer Suder

The Center for Biological Diversity filed suit on Wednesday targeting the construction of the US-Mexico border wall proposed by US President Donald Trump. The group argues that the wall is in violation of environmental laws and urges federal agencies to conduct in-depth investigations into the environmental implications of the wall. The Center's executive …

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by Steven Wildberger

Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution on Wednesday that would have condemned Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's use of neurologic gas against the Syrian town Khan Sheikhoun on April 4. The gas attack prompted a responsive bombing by the United States against a Syrian airbase, increasing the rift …

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