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Beijing embraces 'rule of law with Chinese characteristics'

Beijing - China's Communist rulers declared Thursday that the country would embrace the "rule of law with Chinese characteristics", official media reported after a key party meeting touted as heralding legal reform.

China Uighur scholar appeals life sentence: lawyer

Beijing - A prominent Chinese scholar from the Uighur ethnic group who was jailed for life because of remarks he made in university classes has appealed the verdict, his lawyer said Friday.

Yugoslav war crimes prosecutor seeks life for Karadzic

Den Haag - The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal prosecutor wants former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic jailed for life for masterminding some of the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II, including the Srebrenica massacre.

Polish PM Tusk steps down as Brussels calls

Warsaw - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk resigned Tuesday, paving the way for him to take over as European Council president in December.

Student activist found guilty of sedition in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian court on Friday sentenced a student activist to 10 months in jail for sedition, with the government increasingly using tough colonial-era legislation to stifle dissent despite promises to repeal the law.

'Sex drive-in' hailed as a success in Switzerland

Zurich - A government-backed experiment in legal prostitution may forever change the sex industry in Switzerland, if not greater Europe.

Harsh sentence handed down for Pennsylvania man

Lancaster - Ben Klinger will spend the next 30 to 60 years of his life behind bars following a particularly stiff sentencing from presiding Lancaster County Judge Margaret Miller.

Op-Ed: Rwanda, in crisis, uses coercive force to achieve justice

What happens when moral law is absent and the arbitrary exercise of power becomes the only means of delivering justice? Tyranny ensues.

Uganda anti-gay law to be re-introduced in parliament: Speaker

Kampala - Ugandan lawmakers will vote on reinstating a severe anti-gay law just weeks after it was scrapped by the country's constitutional court, the parliamentary speaker said on Tuesday.

French law eases abortion limits and pushes gender equality

French authorities recently passed a new law which brings significant changes to how men and women interact with each other and handle their families. However another section of the law which deals with abortion is getting the most discussion.

Disabled 'professional plaintiff' deported to Mexico

Los Angeles - Alfredo Garcia is a convicted felon and undocumented immigrant who has filed more than 800 lawsuits against businesses under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In response he was recently deported back to Mexico.

Swedish legislators plan to remove race from law

Legislators will be removing all references to race since it is simply a "social construct" made by humans. Government officials believe that this is a solid step towards ending racism.

Uganda court scraps new anti-gay law

Kampala - Uganda's constitutional court on Friday overturned tough new anti-gay laws that had been branded draconian and "abominable" by rights groups, saying they had been wrongly passed by parliament.

Oregon proposes smoking ban along entire coastline

Salem - Authorities with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department have called for a ban across 362 miles of coastline. The ban would include 224 state parks as well.

Justice Department expands Americans With Disabilities Act

Washington - The Justice Department announced today that Attorney General Eric Holder has signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the Title III regulation for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Girl who sued parents accuses boyfriend of domestic violence

Morristown - Rachel Canning, 18, took her boyfriend Lucas Kitzmiller, also 18, to court accusing him of choking her. Authorities are taking note that this is the same boyfriend her parents were asking Canning to dump.

Britain declares that game piracy is no longer a crime

It is no longer a criminal offense to pirate games in the United Kingdom. Citing that their efforts just were not working Britain has decriminalized game piracy there.

Florida father pummels accused pederast

Daytona Beach - All men are innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law, but that didn't stop one Florida father from delivering swift, violent justice on a man he allegedly found touching his son.

France to clamp down on would-be jihadists with new bill

Paris - France is set to beef up its anti-terrorism laws on Wednesday to prevent aspiring jihadists from fighting abroad amid concern over the the number of people travelling to Syria.

If Hobby Lobby was a Muslim-run business imposing Sharia law...

In a post on the website for his new play, Allegiance, the openly gay, former Star Trek actor George Takei commented on last week's Hobby Lobby decision by the United States Supreme Court.

California passes bill legalizing digital currency

California lawmakers have pushed a bill through that legalizes digital currency in the area. Now all online currency in California will be fully legal. This has some major implications for the world economy.

30 foreigner-conducted marriages annulled in France

Paris - At least 30 marriages in France, celebrated between 2012 and 2013, are now null and void. It turns out the Portuguese-born councilor who conducted the services does not have the power to do so. They'll now have to get married all over again.

Company fined $306K for charging a couple $3,500 on a bad review charged a couple $3,500 for a bad review on a product the buyers never received. They are now having to repay the shoppers with additional damages to the tune of $306,750.

Video: Couple assault officer, are grabbed and thrown from train

Union - Onlookers took cell phone video of a New Jersey (NJ) couple being grabbed by police officers and thrown off a train for refusing to leave after bringing their bikes onto the train.

U.S. Supreme Court hammers Aereo with 6-3 ruling

New York - The United States Supreme Court came down hard today on tech-media newcomer Aereo, ruling against the company in a 6-3 decision. The judgement effectively destroys the Manhattan-based business, forcing them rebuild their profit model from the ground up.

Lawyers can now use the web to weed out jurors

Lawyers will now be allowed to scour social media sites, Internet blogs and LinkedIn pages of potential jurors before they are selected.

Review: ‘Twelve Angry Men’ remains powerful in flawed Toronto production Special

Toronto - A stinging, gripping defence of presumption of innocence, “Twelve Angry Men” hasn’t lost any of its guts after nearly 60 years. It’s a credit to Reginald Rose’s sharp writing that the play overcomes the flaws of Soulpepper’s production.

Texans mistakenly vote for African-American reparations

Dallas - Texas legislators approved a bill which supported reparations for American slavery. They did so because they approved it without reading the content.

Op-Ed: Ticket quotas banned in Illinois

For many Americans and even for some officers ticket quotas were seen as unfair and a nuisance to police doing real work. A new law in Illinois has banned police from being held to quotas.

YouTube announces plans to block artists

YouTube directors have announced plans to block any artists who do not join their ad-free streaming program. This could have some serious implications for indie artists.
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