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Legal news from Wednesday, May 31, 2017
by Meena Ansari

An Austrian man was extradited Tuesday from Poland to Austria to face war crimes charges for allegedly killing civilians and surrendering troops while fighting for the Ukrainian army. The 25-year-old man allegedly killed Russian separatists while they were injured or surrendering in eastern Ukraine last year. State prosecution spokesman Erich Habitzl stated that Benjamin F., as he …

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by Meena Ansari

A new report released Tuesday by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) claims that human rights violations within the Central African Republic (CAR) may amount to war crimes. The report maps 13 years of violence in the country dating from 2003-2015. The 13-year period examined by the report was …

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by Jennifer Suder

Dutch lawmakers agreed to create a free-trade area with Ukraine on Tuesday, completing lengthy and contentious negotiations between the EU and Russia. The ongoing geopolitical battle between Moscow and Brussels over the future of Ukraine, which President Vladimir Putin considers an integral part of historical Russia, centered on this agreement. All 28 EU members had to approve the pact before …

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by Autumn Callan

The Illinois House of Representatives approved a bill in a vote of 61-53 on Tuesday to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour. The bill proposes a series of increases over the next five years to raise the wage from its current $8.25, which is more than the federally mandated $7.25. To help small businesses …

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by Jennifer Suder

The UK Home Office wrongly denied residency to the Algerian husband of a dual British-Spanish citizen, according to the initial opinion of European Court of Justice Advocate General on Tuesday. The Home Office argued that when Perla Nerea García Ormazábal became a British citizen in 2009, her right to live with her family in …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, an Ohio voting case. The suit centers on Ohio's voter registration list maintenance process, which sends confirmation notices to inactive voters and removes them after failure to confirm and failure to vote the following two general federal elections. The …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday to affirmed an order allowing a transgender male student to use the boy's restroom. The Kenosha Unified School District in Wisconsin would not allow Ash Whitaker into the male restroom, claiming his presence would violate the privacy of other students. Whitaker brought claims alleging violations …

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