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Legal news from Friday, October 13, 2017
by Rachel Gerber

The White House notified the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday that it had instructed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to stop making cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The notice states that the executive branch has "determined that …

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by Miracle Jones

Georgetown Law School's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection on Thursday filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court for the City of Charlottesville seeking to prevent armed organizations from returning to Charlottesville. The lawsuit was filed in response to the organizations' leadership calling on their members to keep returning to the city. The suit …

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by Erik Slobe

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump issued a presidential memorandum delegating many of the President's powers to sanction Iran granted by the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 to the Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, and the Secretary of Homeland Security. The Secretary of State was delegated the presidential waiver …

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by Lindsay Offutt

Germany formally ratified on Thursday the Council of Europe convention on preventing and comabting violence against women and domestic violence. The so-called "Istanbul Convention" criminalizes violence against women in all its forms. The 81 Articles in the Convention provide substantive law as well as guidance for investigation, enforcement, migration, and international co-operation, among other concerns. The …

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by Lindsay Offutt

A Turkish court on Tuesday sentenced Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporter Ayla Albayrak in absentia to 25 months in prison for propaganda charges. The conviction underlying the sentence comes as a result of Albayrak's 2015 story "Urban Warfare Escalates in Turkey's Kurdish-Majority Southeast", which Turkish authorities claimed was a violation of Article 7(2) [text, …

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by Lawrenz Fares

Palestinian political parties Hamas and Fatah on Thursday announded a reconciliation deal in which Hamas has agreed to hand over administrative control of Gaza to Fatah in Cairo. While the agreement has not yet been published, reports indicate that Hamas has not agreed to relinquish any of its military power. The …

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by Miracle Jones

Turkish prisons are committing torture and disappearing citizens, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report Thursday. The report, entitled In Custody: Police Torture and Abductions in Turkey, alleges that even though Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has ordered a moratorium on prisoner abuses, they still occur. In doing months of investigation by speaking to lawyers and …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The Council of Europe published a letter Wednesday in which Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muiznieks asked the government of Italy to explain why the Italian navy dispatched ships to the coast of Libya. In July the Italian government announced that it was sending ships to the Libyan coast to help the Libyan …

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