May 5, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
A military court for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday convicted two of 39 soldiers charged with raping more than 130 women in the province of South Kivu. Another 24 soldiers were convicted of looting. Sources indicate that rape convictions are extremely rare in the DRC and that ...[read more]
May 5, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Robers v. United States that the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act (MVRA) requires restitution calculation based upon the property a lender loses, not upon the collateral the lender receives. In 2005, petitioner Benjamin Robers submitted fraudulent ...[read more]
April 21, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in three cases slated for argument during the October 2014 term. In Zivotofsky v. Kerry, the court will address the constitutionality of a federal statute requiring the Secretary of State, on request, to endorse US passports and Consular Reports ...[read more]
April 21, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Monday alleged that armed rebels engaged in ethnically targeted killings during a raid on the northern city of Bentiu last week, resulting in more than 200 civilian deaths and 400 injuries. Rebels loyal to deposed vice president Riek Marchar reportedly ...[read more]
April 16, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The Iraqi Justice Ministry on Tuesday temporarily closed Abu Ghraib prison due to security concerns. Reports indicate that Iraqi authorities are concerned about the growing power of a Sunni-backed insurgency within the Anbar province, in close proximity to the prison grounds. A government official ...[read more]
April 16, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
Bolivian President Evo Morales on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice laying claim to a 240-mile area in Chile that provides access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia reportedly lost its claim of ownership to the land during a war with Chile in the 1800s. Chile alleges a ...[read more]
April 14, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The UN Security Council convened Sunday to address violence occurring in the Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russia militias. Ukrainian special forces reportedly exchanged gunfire with the militias early Sunday, resulting in at least one death and several injuries. Sources indicate that ...[read more]
April 14, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The Alaska State House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill that would restrict state Medicaid payments for abortions. The bill sets forth specific medical circumstances under which physicians may deem an abortion "medically necessary," thereby justifying Medicaid reimbursement. The bill ...[read more]
April 9, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
A French appellate court on Wednesday overturned the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. In January, a French trial court in the Aix-En Province agreed to extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, both ...[read more]
April 9, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday expressed concern before the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee with respect to the proliferation of virtual currencies, which, he asserts, have created new avenues for money laundering, drug trafficking and other illegal activity. Holder ...[read more]

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