Law & Order

Legal minefield

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As the country looks to attract foreign money to boost the economy, a sketchy and opaque legal system makes investors think twice Matthieu Baudey and Carole Oudot Asia Times One year after the National League for Democracy ‘s landslide win in Myanmar’s historical elections, many were hoping the country would witness an economic boom, helped by a new international image. State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi cleaned up… Legal minefield… Read More »

SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Medieval explanation on women’s rights over their own bodies

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Driving along the N25 towards the Rosslare ferry in Co Wexford, we pass a slightly homemade looking billboard. 250,000 lives saved by the 8th, it says. Suzanne Harrington Irish Examiner Daughter asks what this means. The 8th of what, she… SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Medieval… Read More »

Germany’s terror divide

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The splits within the ruling coalition in Berlin over how best to protect the public from terror attacks. By MATTHEW KARNITSCHNIG Politico BERLIN — Last month’s truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin has exposed a deep divide within the ruling coalition in Germany over how to protect the… Germany’s terror… Read More »

Beijing pollution: Police force to combat toxic smog

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A new team of environmental police will try to reduce hazardous levels of toxic smog engulfing Beijing, the city’s acting mayor has said. BBC The police will look for local sources of air pollution, including open-air barbeques and dusty roads, Cai Qi says, according… Beijing pollution: Police… Read More »

Liberia: ‘Big Boy 1’ Arrested But…

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A former minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Dr. Eugene Shannon has been arrested by Criminal Court “C” for his alleged involvement in the Global Witness bribery scandal but later released. By Ames K. Kadi,Jr allAfrica Shannon’s arrest on Thursday comes barely a… Liberia: ‘Big Boy… Read More »

Elor Azaria case: ‘No hope of equality before the law’

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Israeli soldier convicted of killing wounded Palestinian is expected to receive a lenient sentence later this month. Jonathan Cook Al Jazeera News Nazareth – It was the trial almost no one in Israel wanted. Last March, army Elor Azaria case… Read More »

Removing barriers to medical innovation

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Enormous improvements in human health have taken place over the last half-century. Americans live, on average, a decade longer. Thomas Peter Stossel AEI The most prevalent cause of mortality in the United States — cardiovascular disease, which causes heart attacks and strokes — has decreased by over 50%. Cancer, the number-two cause… Removing barriers to… Read More »

The problems with ‘repeal and delay’

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Republican leaders in Congress and the incoming Trump administration have said that they plan to move quickly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the early weeks of 2017, with a delay in the date of when key aspects of the repeal would become effective until perhaps 2019 or 2020. Joseph Antos and James C. Capretta AEI This is the so-called “repeal and delay” option. They have also… The problems with… Read More »

House Republicans vote to eviscerate independent ethics office

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The rules package also includes a means for Republican leaders to punish lawmakers if there is a repeat of the Democratic sit-in last summer over gun control. Donna Cassata The Star WASHINGTON—House Republicans on Monday voted to eviscerate the Office of Congressional Ethics, the independent body created in 2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawmakers after several bribery and… House Republicans vote… Read More »

Purging Criminal Code of defunct ‘zombie laws’ no simple task

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Outdated offences that are still included in Canada’s Criminal Code include duelling, abortion and pretending to practise witchcraft By ALYSHAH HASHAM Staff Reporter The Star Given the epidemic of fake news and the influence it may have had on the U.S. election, Section 181 of Canada’s Criminal Code would seem… Purging Criminal Code… Read More »

Doctor’s sex abuse acquittal highlights ‘problematic’ Ontario law

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Policy that keeps doctors’ names secret should be changed, college says The Star Jacques Gallant A doctor was acquitted in December of sexually abusing a patient in a split decision by a discipline panel of Ontario’s medical regulator. But the College of… Doctor’s sex abuse… Read More »

Argentina ex-leader Cristina Fernandez charged in corruption case

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Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been charged over corruption allegations. BBC A federal judge approved charges of illicit association and fraudulent administration against Ms Fernandez. It is alleged that her… Argentina ex-leader Cristina… Read More »

Saudi jailed for call to end male control over women

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A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom’s guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday. RIYADH – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet The man, who was also fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000) by a court in the… Saudi jailed for… Read More »

President’s close friend snubs lawmakers from jail cell

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There are no legal grounds for forcing witnesses to attend a parliamentary hearing, although they can be held in contempt and face a jail term for doing so/ By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Asia Times Τhe woman at the heart of the… President’s close friend… Read More »

German cop faces criminal charges for calling Angela Merkel ‘insane’

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A German police officer is facing criminal proceedings after he allegedly branded Chancellor Angela Merkel “insane”. By TOM PARFITT Express The officer, from the western city of Solingen, could be fined three months’ wages if… German cop faces… Read More »

French Mayor Will Go On Trial For Saying 91%-Muslim School Is A ‘Problem’ For His City

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A far-right French mayor is being charged with incitement of hatred and discrimination because he said a school with a vast majority of Muslim children is a “problem.” The Daily Caller Eric Lieberman “In a class in the city centre in my town, 91 percent of the children are Muslims. Obviously, this is a… French Mayor Will Go On… Read More »