April 19, 2007
by Robert DeVries
The state of Washington emerged as another opponent to the REAL ID act Thursday, with Governor Chris Gregoire signing state legislation rejecting the controversial federal law. Washington is now the fifth state to pass such a measure, joining Maine, Arkansas, Idaho, and Montana. Montana's Gove... ...[read more]
April 12, 2007
by Robert DeVries
A special panel of the Japanese House of Representatives Thursday approved a bill authorizing a national referendum on revisions to the country's pacifist constitution. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe initiated the bill, hoping it would become law before the current parliamentary session ad... ...[read more]
April 5, 2007
by Robert DeVries
Kosovo's parliament voted 100-1 Thursday in support of a UN plan to establish an independent Kosovar state under UN supervision. The plan was drafted by UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari, who believes independence from Serbia with international supervision the only viable option for Kosovo... ...[read more]
April 5, 2007
by Robert DeVries
A Turkish parliamentary committee okayed legislation Thursday that would censor websites seen as insulting to the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Atatrk. Legislators debated whether Turkey should also have the right to censor sites that questioned the unity of the Turkish state, or the legiti... ...[read more]
March 29, 2007
by Robert DeVries
British resident and Iraqi citizen Bisher al-Rawi is scheduled for release from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, according to a statement by UK Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett in Parliament Thursday. Held as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo since its opening nearly five years ago, al- ...[read more]
March 22, 2007
by Robert DeVries
The European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee Thursday adopted a report on draft legislation designed to curtail increases in design piracy by imposing criminal penalties on commercial-scale IP infringement. The committee cited alleged links between pirated goods and organized crime to justify ...[read more]
March 22, 2007
by Robert DeVries
Prosecutors filed papers Thursday in federal court recommending a reduced prison sentence for former lobbyist Jack Abramoff for giving substantial assistance in another Washington corruption case. The nature, extent and value of his cooperation will be revealed in future fili... ...[read more]
March 15, 2007
by Robert DeVries
Spain's Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Spanish Parliament, approved a gender equality bill Thursday designed to draw more women into politics and corporate life. The bill had previously been approved by Spain's Senate. The initiative spearheaded by the majority Socialist Party... ...[read more]
March 1, 2007
by Robert DeVries
A Florida commission convened to investigate the botched December execution of Angel Diaz determined Thursday that more oversight is necessary to ensure inmates are properly sedated before execution. Currently Florida uses the chemicals sodium pentothal, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride ...[read more]
February 22, 2007
by Robert DeVries
Alleged terrorist Jose Padilla is unfit to stand trial, forensic neuropsychiatrist Dr. Angela Hegarty testified at a court ordered competency hearing Thursday. Hegarty testified that she determined from 22 hours of interviews and tests with him that Padilla is suffering from post-traumatic stress ...[read more]

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