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US Senate Votes to Extend Warrantless Surveillance Act

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 9:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Senate has overwhelmingly approved a five-year extension of a law allowing the government to conduct wiretapping on foreign citizens without a warrant. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year, cleared the Senate Friday by a 73-23 margin with broad bipartisan support. The legislation now goes to […]

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Malaysian Lawmakers Pass Law Curbing Arrest Abuses

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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A law aimed at preventing police from detaining suspects indefinitely or arresting them for their political beliefs has been approved by Malaysia’s parliament. The legislation, passed Tuesday by the lower house of parliament, replaces the notorious 1960 Internal Security Act, a draconian law long used to detain opposition leaders and other government critics without trial. […]

Malaysian Lawmakers Pass Law Curbing Arrest Abuses

Posted April 17th, 2012 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysia’s parliament has approved a law aimed at preventing police from detaining suspects indefinitely or arresting them for their political beliefs. The legislation, passed Tuesday by the lower house of parliament, replaces the notorious 1960 Internal Security Act, a draconian law long used to detain opposition leaders and other government critics without trial. The new […]

Malaysian PM Introduces Changes to Draconian Security Law

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has introduced new legislation that would prevent police from indefinitely detaining suspects without trial or arresting people for their political beliefs. The bill presented Tuesday to the lower house of parliament would replace the notorious Internal Security Act, a draconian, 52-year-old law that has long been used to hold opposition […]

Florida Shooting Renews Public Attention to ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

Posted March 23rd, 2012 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The shooting death of an unarmed teenager in Florida has brought renewed public attention to the “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows a person to use deadly force in self-defense, instead of retreating from a confrontation. Florida is among 21 U.S. states that have such a law. The Florida measure, passed in 2005, allows the […]

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US Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Health Care Reform

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review President Barack Obama’s health care law and issue a ruling on the historic overhaul just before the presidential election next November. The court said Monday that the case will be presented next March and that the justices will hear more than five hours of oral arguments regarding […]

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US Supreme Court to Consider Health Care Law Constitutionality

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear an appeal of a key provision in President Barack Obama’s health care law. The nation’s highest court said Monday it will consider legal arguments about whether most Americans should be required to buy health care insurance, or pay a fine if they fail to do so. A […]

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Obama Targets ‘Flaws’ in Education Law

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 11:33 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says it is time to make the country’s education system “the envy of the world.” Mr. Obama announced plans Friday to give states more control over how they teach students as long as they promise to meet higher standards. States would get greater flexibility along with the higher standards they set. […]

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Obama to Revamp Federal School Education Law

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 8:22 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce plans Friday to exempt states from some provisions of the federal education law passed under his predecessor. The administration will grant waivers to a requirement that every student has to be completely knowledgeable in math and reading by 2014. In exchange for the waiver, states would have […]

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Tajikistan Bans Minors From Entering Mosques

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rakhmon has approved a law barring minors from praying in mosques, as his secular government seeks to minimize the rising influence of Islam in the Central Asian nation. Mr. Rakhmon signed the so-called “parental responsibility” law Wednesday despite criticism from rights activists, religious leaders and the opposition party. The law, which holds […]

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