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Sedition law used to create fear, silence thought, say lawyers

Lawyers today painted a picture of a government out to instil fear and prevent public thinkers from influencing others with their views in the latest sedition charge against a law professor. They said the penal action against Universiti Malaya law professor Dr Azmi Sharom is a warning to individuals to toe the government’s line or face...

Panelo withdraws as lawyer for Pastor family

MANILA, Philippines --- High-profile lawyer Salvador Panelo will no longer represent the family of slain racing champion Enzo Pastor, in the murder case currently pending in the Department of Justice (DOJ).   In a phone interview Tuesday noon, Panelo said he was "uncomfortable" being a lawyer in the case as he has been friends with both the victim, Pastor, and one of the suspects, Pastor's widow ...

Lawyer: Ashya's parents right to fight extradition

A lawyer has told Good Morning Britain that the parents of Ashya King did the right thing to refuse extradition.

Lawyer withdraws from Enzo Pastor slay case

Lawyer Salvador Panelo on Tuesday withdrew as legal counsel for the family of slain racing champ Ferdinand "Enzo" Pastor, citing “close” ties with the victim's wife, Dalia.

How does a police department lose a Humvee?

A police tactical team moves in to disperse a group of protesters on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The protests were sparked after Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Among the issues that Obama is likely to find is that the program lacks oversight and accountability. Once Pentagon weapons reach the 8,000 police departments that participate in the program, many of them in tiny towns, the federal government has little control over them. The departments are not allowed to sell or dispose of any of the 1033 program's “controlled” items, which include small arms and tactical vehicles. An agency in each state takes over responsibility for checking the inventory once a year and reporting anything missing to the Defense Department’s Defense Logistics Agency.


Russia and NATO go head to head

Russian President Vladimir Putin Russia vowed on Tuesday to adopt a beefed-up military doctrine over NATO's plans to establish a rapid-response team that could ward off the Kremlin's expansion into Ukraine and feared push further west. Moscow's surprise announcement added a new and threatening new layer of tensions ahead of NATO's two-day summit that starts Thursday in Wales and will see Ukraine's beleaguered leader Petro Poroshenko personally lobby US President Barack Obama for military help.


U.S. military attacks Islamists in Somalia

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2008 file photo, armed al-shabab fighters on pickup trucks prepare to travel into the city, just outside Mogadishu, in Somalia. U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Somalia, the Pentagon said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File) A Somali official says the strike targeted the Islamic extremist network's fugitive leader.


da Vinci Lawsuit Settlement Funding Amounts Increased at Legal-Bay Funding

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legal-Bay LLC, The Lawsuit Settlement Funding Company, announced today an increase in capital and cash advance funding for victims who suffer from complications with Intuitive Surgical System's da Vinci Robot. With over 400k surgeries performed per year using the recalled product, Legal-Bay focuses on providing lawsuit cash advances for victims ...

Malaysian law professor charged in crackdown on dissent

By Stuart Grudgings KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian prosecutors charged a high-profile law professor with sedition on Tuesday for an opinion he voiced on a political crisis that occurred five years ago, extending a recent crackdown on dissent from opposition politicians to academia. Lawyers said the charge against Azmi Sharom, a lecturer at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur and who ...

Law don denies sedition, raps academic stifling

Universiti Malaya law lecturer Azmi Sharom pleaded not guilty to charges under the Sedition Act today. Azmi, an associate professor, posted his RM5,000 bail and the case has been fixed for mention on Oct 3. He was charged under Section 4 (1)(b) of the Sedition Act, with an alternative charge under Section 4 (1)(c) of the same Act, for a seditious remark made on Aug 15. The charge sheet states ...

DOMICILE DISPUTE Dem faces legal challenge over Louisiana residency

Louisiana Dem senator faces more questions about her residency VIDEO: Will midterm results be what Republicans are hoping for? VIDEO: Dems in denial about prospect of losing Senate? FULL COVERAGE: Midterm elections

Children 'damaged' by legal aid cut

Children are being damaged by the rising number of estranged couples representing themselves in family court battles, a former judge claims.

Suspects’ lawyer links alleged NAIA bomb try to Cha-cha

The lawyer of the arrested suspects in the alleged attempt to bomb the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Tuesday said the charges are “baseless” and linked a supposed pro-Charter change group to the plot.

Foreigners using free legal aid services in China on the rise

The number of foreign offenders receiving legal aid has increased since a law was amended last year requiring the government to provide free help to foreign criminals who face life sentences or the death penalty

Evans Bank parent faces suit alleging redlining

The State Attorney General’s Office is suing Evans Bancorp, accusing Evans Bank’s parent company of redlining on Buffalo’s East Side.

Doubts over whether Detroit bankruptcy plan gets job done

By David Greising, Karen Pierog and Tim Reid DETROIT Reuters) - Detroit’s plan to recover from bankruptcy includes several blueprints for a new future. Detroit is far short of the $1.7 billion it needs over the next 10 years to remove abandoned buildings, replace outdated technology and increase public safety to stem the exodus from the city. “What Detroit needed to start with was a reinvestment program,” said James Spiotto, managing director of Chapman Strategic Advisors, a municipal finance consultancy. “If you don’t solve the systemic problem and fix it for real, all you’re going to do is repeat it going forward.” Detroit’s 1,034-page plan for fixing the city’s finances will be the subject of a weeks-long bankruptcy court proceeding, beginning on Tuesday.

Fast-food workers to launch intensified protests across U.S.

Demonstrators chant in the driveway during a protest at the McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook The protests, announced on Twitter by organizer Fight For 15, come as cities across the nation propose minimum wage increases while Democrats seek to raise the federal minimum wage ahead of this year's mid-term congressional elections. Fast food workers have launched a series of protests over the last nearly two years to bring awareness to their demands, which include the right to unionize without retaliation. In one of the last major actions, restaurant workers launched rallies in 150 cities, including Boston, Chicago, New York and Miami in May. This time, organizers are staging walkouts in more than 100 cities and plan to use nonviolent civil disobedience tactics such as sit-ins, The New York Times reported.


Hong Kong police arrest 19 in pro-democracy scuffles

A pro-democracy activist is detained by the police during a confrontation in Hong Kong Hong Kong police said on Tuesday they arrested 19 people during scuffles with pro-democracy activists prompted by China's decision not to allow the Asian financial hub to choose its next leader. The 19, aged between 20 and 45, were arrested on Monday for illegal assembly, trying to force their way on to a carriageway, charging a police line and for pushing barriers, a police spokeswoman said. Police used pepper spray to disperse activists as Hong Kong center braces for a wave of disruptive protests against China's decision. Hong Kong is in the midst of a political upheaval as activists in the former British colony push for full democracy.


California high school drops mascot criticized by Arab-American group

(Reuters) - A California high school has retired its Middle Eastern-themed mascot and accompanying belly dancers and redrawn its logo after criticism from Arab-Americans that they played on harmful stereotypes, a group advocating for the change said on Monday. Coachella Valley High School agreed to use a new image of a stoic-looking Arab man to represent its sports teams, dubbed "the Arabs," said Abed Ayoub, a spokesman for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, which worked with the school to choose the new logo.

€1.1m legal fees paid out to Mahon case builders

Biggest payment made by department since start of last year was €1.7m to engineering firm lawyers

Peru police display record 7.7-ton cocaine haul

Police carry blocks of seized cocaine LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian police displayed in a Lima airport police hangar on Monday what officials called the largest cocaine haul ever in the Andean nation, 7.7 metric tons (8.5 tons).


Louisiana following judge's order on abortion law

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana health department will follow a federal judge's order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors who are trying to comply with a new abortion law that requires them to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Cry for help from Americans detained in North Korea

Americans Detained In North Korea Call For US Help Three detained Americans seek diplomatic negotiations for their freedom.


In Attorney General race, a former DFLer goes Green

DFLer Andy Dawkins supports legalizing marijuana, wants to limit money in politics, protect private data and stop copper-nickel mining in northern Minnesota. He's been speaking out on civil rights, environmental issues and what he sees as the shortcomings of his former party.

Cuba's new crackdown takes effect

People put their luggage in a private taxi as they arrive from the U.S. to the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Cubans braced Monday for a clampdown on the flow of car tires, flat-screen televisions, blue jeans and shampoo in the bags of travelers who haul eye-popping amounts of foreign-bought merchandise to an island where consumer goods are frequently shoddy, scarce and expensive. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) New government restrictions are upsetting travelers to the island nation.


Ecclestone Gets Support From Leading Sports Lawyer

A leading sports lawyer has weighed in on the fallout from Bernie Ecclestone’s payment of $100 million to settle bribery charges and has said that the Formula One boss should not worry about follow-up lawsuits. Last month Mr Ecclestone agreed to pay German prosecutors $100 million to put the brakes on [...]

Nigerian troops battle Boko Haram Islamists

Nigerian soldiers patrol in the north of Borno state on June 5, 2013 near Maiduguri Militants attacked Nigerian troops as they prepared retake an embattled town.


Horrors committed by Islamists in Iraq

Kurdish peshmerga forces celebrate as they take control of Sulaiman Pek from the Islamist State militants, in the northwest of Tikrit city UN officials say ISIS has carried out atrocities on "an unimaginable scale."


Paris suburb building blast death toll reaches 8

French firemen carry a victim in the rubble of a building after an explosion collapsed it, in Rosny-sous-Bois, outside Paris, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. French authorities say a four-story building in a northeastern Paris suburb has collapsed after an explosion, killing a child. More people are thought to underneath the rubble. Speaking on i-Tele, fire department spokesman Gabriel Plus said around 10 people were evacuated from the building in Rosny-sous-bois that occurred early Sunday morning. Plus said that around another 10 people could still be underneath the rubble, and emergency teams were working hard to rescue people who might be trapped. "We could still find living victims in the hours to come," he said. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has arrived at the scene, but couldn't confirm a theory that the explosion was caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) PARIS (AP) — The death toll in the partial collapse of a four-story apartment building in a Paris suburb has risen to eight after emergency crews pulled the bodies of a man and a woman from the rubble.


Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq

Obama delivers remarks at Laborfest 2014 at Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants.


Florida power utilities fear return of ‘Green Governor' Crist

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist greets supporters outside the North Miami Public Library in Miami in this file photo By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's powerful electricity corporations. Now, as the Republican-turned Democrat bids to return to the governor's mansion, it may be payback time. Florida's three largest utilities have poured money into the re-election campaign of Republican incumbent Governor Rick Scott in an expensive and closely watched political battle for the nation's largest swing state. ...


Attorney general candidates focus on public trust

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - As Utah's two previous top lawmen face charges of bribery and other crimes, the candidates running to replace them as state attorney general this year each promise to repair public trust and reform the scandal-rocked office. "It's the thing that's on the top ...

Obama's careful election strategy

FILE - This June 17, 2014, file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking at the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) fundraiser gala in Gotham Hall, in New York. His name won't be on the ballot, but Obama will shape the midterm elections like no other. For Republicans, he is a punch line who fires up conservatives and reaches dissatisfied independents. And some Democrats won't even mention his name. It's left Obama able to do little more than raise money ahead of an election that will define how he spends his final two years in office. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) The president has a tricky path to walk if he wants his party to keep the Senate.


Why federal judge blocked Louisiana law restricting abortions

The Louisiana law requires doctors who work in any of five abortion clinics to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics. A lawsuit is challenging the new law, claiming doctors haven't had enough time to obtain the privileges and the law likely would close all five clinics.

Ukraine accuses Russia of "open aggression"

Pro-Russian separatists stand in front of destroyed trains at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Ilovaysk By Pavel Polityuk and Polina Devitt KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and undisguised aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists. In the latest in a string of setbacks in the past week, Ukraine's military said it had pulled back from defending a vital airport in the east of the country, near the city of Luhansk, where troops had been battling a Russian tank battalion. Poroshenko said in a speech there would be high-level personnel changes in the Ukrainian armed forces, whose troops fled a new rebel advance in the south which Kiev and its Western allies say has been backed up by Russian armored columns. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called on Sunday for immediate negotiations on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, blamed Kiev's leadership for refusing to enter into direct political talks with the separatists.


China universities vow ideology clampdown on staff, students

File photo shows students studying in a building at a university in Beijing, on May 30, 2013 A wider suppression on free expression in China intensifies.


Judge Blocks Enforcement Of Louisiana's Abortion Law

The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. The judge's ruling allows the law to take effect, but doctors who break it won't be penalized.

Ukrainians pull back from airport; Poroshenko slams Russia

A local resident inspects damaged APC in the village of Hrabske, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The fight for Ilovaisk and surrounding areas, including the village of Hrabske, between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatist fighters was bitter and lasted the best part of a month. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) By Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's military said on Monday it had pulled its forces back from defending a vital airport in the east against Russian tanks, as President Petro Poroshenko accused Moscow of "direct and open aggression". The withdrawal from the civilian airport outside the city of Luhansk was the latest in a string of reverses for Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian separatists who Kiev says have the direct support of hundreds of Russian troops and armor. A military statement said Ukrainian paratroopers were engaging a Russian tank battalion near the airport.


Lawyer says Ashya King's parents are desperate

The lawyer for the parents of five-year-old British boy Ashya King has said that the couple are desperate, because the media has destroyed their reputation.

Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform

Pro-democracy lawmaker Lee Cheuk Yan, center, is taken away by security guards after a protest against Li Fei, deputy secretary general of the National People’s Congress' Standing Committee, in Hong Kong Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. China's legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen." (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) Pro-democracy lawmakers disrupt a Beijing official's speech on tightly limited voting reforms.


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