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Legal news from Thursday, May 25, 2017
by Autumn Callan

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Thursday upheld an injunction against President Donald Trump's travel ban that targets six Muslim-majority countries. The ban, announced in March, was the second version of a travel prohibition preventing people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US for 90 …

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by Autumn Callan

Iraq's Interior Ministry has launched an investigation into human rights violations carried out against civilians by special forces while fighting the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. The allegations were initially reported by Ali Arkady, an Iraqi photographer with Der Spiegel Magazine who accompanied the Interior Ministry's special forces …

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by Madison Chajson

Vermont Governor Phil Scott vetoed a bill on Wednesday that would have made Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana and the first to do so via a legislative body. Scott sent the bill back to lawmakers with suggestions for more aggressive penalties for using marijuana while driving or in the presence of children. …

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by Autumn Callan

Three UN experts on cultural rights, extreme poverty and adequate housing urged the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to stop the demolition of a 400-year-old neighborhood in Awamia on Wednesday. According to Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain the historic quarter of Awamia, al-Masora, has a significant cultural history. The walled city holds mosques, markets and …

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by Autumn Callan

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law on the island of Mindanao on Tuesday when heavily armed militants linked to the Islamic State took over large parts of Marawi City, a provincial capital in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. Violence erupted after the government attempted to capture Isnilon Hapilon, the leader of the Muate, …

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