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Libya orders militias to come under government control or disband

[JURIST] The Libyan army ordered all militias to either come under the control of the national government or disband within 48 hours on Saturday. The announcement comes after intense anti-militia protests that included between 30,000 and 40,000 demonstrators [Libya Herald report] in Benghazi killed at least eleven people over the weekend. All...

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Ninth Circuit dismisses Alaska village claim over greenhouse emissions

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] affirmed [opinion, PDF] on Friday the dismissal of the Alaskan village of Kivalina's nuisance claims against energy companies for greenhouse emissions it claimed contributed to global warming and threatened its existence. Kivalina brought suit against 22 energy corporations,...

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Iran should reverse policies impairing equal access to education: HRW

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [press release] on Saturday that Iran should reverse new policies for this academic year that deny many students, particularly women, academic freedom. The policies, announced in a manual released by the country's Science and Technology Ministry [official website, in Persian] last month,...

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ACLU: US government releases names of Guantanamo prisoners approved for transfer

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] announced [press release] on Friday that, following a request it made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text, PDF], the government has released the names of 55 detainees who were approved for release from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] in 2010 but have yet to be...

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Apple seeks sales ban on Samsung products allegedly infringing on patents

[JURIST] Apple [corporate website] filed a motion on Friday with the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] asking the court to issue an injunction prohibiting Samsung [corporate website] from selling products in the US that supposedly infringe on Apple's patents. In the filing, Apple also sought $707 million...

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