November 15, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday ruled that religious non-profit groups' rights were not violated when required to certify that they are opting out of the contraception mandate, a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Priests for ...[read more]
November 15, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a petition for certiorari on behalf of same-sex couples in Ohio with the US Supreme Court on Friday asking the court to resolve a circuit split on the issue of same-sex marriage. Earlier this month the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit became ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan approved a plan on Friday to resolve Detroit's seven billion dollars of debt and return the city to solvency. The plan includes settlements regarding post-employment benefits claims, tax obligations, insurance, and "the Grand Bargain" ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Malaysia's Court of Appeal in Putrajaya struck down an anti-crossdressing law on Friday. Each of Malaysia's thirteen states and three federal territories have laws prohibiting a man from "posing" as a woman, and three states prohibit a woman from posing as a man. Additionally the National Council ...[read more]
November 6, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Nevada citizens on Tuesday voted to approve the creation of an appellate court in Nevada. Previously, the state's 10 district courts could hear appeals from municipal and justice courts, but the Nevada Supreme Court was required to hear appeals from cases originating in district courts, because ...[read more]
November 2, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Amnesty International (AI) called on leadership in Burkina Faso on Friday to control security forces amidst crackdowns against protesters. Protests erupted in Burkina Faso earlier this week in response to attempts by President Blaise Compaore to remove presidential term limits, extending his 27- ...[read more]
November 1, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Myanmar's parliament will consider amending the country's 2008 constitution following talks between Myanmar President Thein Sein, top army officials and opposition leadership, an official said Friday. The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) seeks to alter part of the constitution ...[read more]
October 31, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday that Islamic State (IS) militants carried out mass executions of Shiite inmates in Iraq after seizing the Badoush Prison near Mosul in June. According to reports from survivors, Shiite, Kurdish, and Yazidi prisoners were separated from Sunni and Christian ...[read more]
October 31, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
A court in Denmark has convicted Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, the co-founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB), and an accomplice for stealing Danish public records from the US-based information technology business CSC. From April to August of 2012, Svartholm Warg and his accomplish ar... ...[read more]
October 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
An appellate court in Lyon, France has upheld the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. This overrules a previous ruling in which another appellate court had stricken down Mukhtar's extradition after it was ...[read more]

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