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DC Circuit hears arguments on ACLU request for information on drone strikes

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] heard arguments Thursday on whether to grant a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [5 USC § 552] request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] to obtain information from the CIA [official website] on its use of unmanned Predator...

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Germany court confirms wanted Nazi doctor is dead

[JURIST] The regional court in Baden-Baden, Germany announced on Friday that it is ending its inquiry into Aribert Heim, a wanted Nazi war criminal known as "Dr. Death." Heim was accused of experimenting on Jewish prisoners during the Holocaust, including performing operations and amputations without anesthesia to test the limits of pain tolerance...

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Mexico reviewing Alabama immigration law under international labor treaty

[JURIST] The Mexican government announced Thursday that it is reviewing a complaint [complaint, PDF] by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) [union website] that Alabama's immigration law [HB 56, PDF] violates [press release] the North American Fair Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC)...

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UN rights chief urges Algeria to remove restrictions on civil society organizations

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] urged [statement] Algeria on Wednesday to remove restraints on civil society organizations in North Africa. Pillay applauded Algeria for vast improvements that the country has made since the 1990s when Algeria was entrenched in war. However, she also voiced concerns [UN...

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Australia Senate rejects same-sex marriage legislation

[JURIST] The Australian Senate on Thursday joined the House of Representatives [official websites] in rejecting legislation to recognize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] in the nation. The Marriage Amendment Bill [text, PDF], introduced by Senator Trish Crossin [official website], was defeated in the Senate by a margin of 26-41. The vote...

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