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Afghan president denied more control of vote body

KABUL - (AP) Afghanistan's parliament rejected a bid Wednesday by President Hamid Karzai to tighten his control over a key electoral watchdog body, after concerns he was reneging on promises to clean up corruption. The lower house voted down a proposal to allow Karzai to appoint three of the five...

Afghan conference calls for talks with Taliban

KABUL Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai received a boost from a national conference of tribal, religious and civic leaders for his plans to approach the Taliban to talk peace. His more difficult challenge will be to convince insurgent leaders and the Obama administration. Washington...

High Court Looks At Military Funeral Protests

YORK, Pa. - (AP) One thing Al Snyder wants to make clear: His boy fought and died for freedom in Iraq, but not for the right of some "wackos" to spew hate at soldiers' funerals under the protection of the Constitution. "It's an insult to myself, my family and the veterans. . ....

Supreme Court To Hear Military Funeral Protest Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The father of a Marine killed in Iraq is asking the Supreme Court to reinstate a $5 million verdict against members of a fundamentalist church who picketed his son's funeral with signs like "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "God Hates the USA." The court...

U.S. Supreme Court Struggles With Funeral Protest Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Supreme Court justices on Wednesday pondered the vexing question of whether the father of a dead Marine should win his lawsuit against a fundamentalist church group that picketed his son's funeral. The complexity and weightiness of the First Amendment issue were palpable in...

Central Asian Laws Toolbox

Welcome to our Central Asian Laws Toolbox, our collection of laws and legal analysis for the nations of this emerging region that is rich in natural resources and in the history and culture of the Silk Road! Whether you are new to working in the region or even if you have some experience working there...

Federal Judge Tosses Part Of Blackwater Lawsuit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (AP) A federal judge on Friday tossed out parts of a lawsuit filed by two former employees against the security company once known as Blackwater but is allowing key claims to proceed to trial. The rulings from U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III mean that, absent a last-minute settlement...

Judge Dismisses Blackwater Founder From Lawsuit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (AP) A federal judge dismissed Blackwater founder Erik Prince from a civil lawsuit alleging his former security firm cheated the government in bills it submitted for protecting government employees in Iraq and Afghanistan, in a ruling made public Friday. Former Blackwater employees...

Illinois Woman Drops Lawsuit Against 'Three Cups Of Tea' Author

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) An Illinois woman has dropped her lawsuit against "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson, leaving just one legal claim that millions of people were duped into buying Mortenson's books and donating to his charity based on lies. Former teacher Deborah Netter dropped...

Firm Once Known As Blackwater Faces Another Lawsuit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (AP) A current worker and a former employee of the security contractor previously known as Blackwater have filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company, the second such suit filed against the firm, according to documents unsealed Thursday. The lawsuit i n U.S. District Court alleges...

Judge: Lawsuit Against Former Blackwater 'Hangs By A Thread'

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (AP) A jury will continue to hear a civil lawsuit alleging fraud by the security contractor once known as Blackwater, but a judge said Tuesday the case "hangs by a thread." Lawyers for Blackwater, now known as Xe Services, asked the judge to dismiss the case. It alleges Blackwater...

Virginia Jury Rules In Favor Of Blackwater In Lawsuit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (AP) A jury ruled Friday in favor of the security firm once known as Blackwater, rejecting two former employees' claims that the company overbilled the State Department for its work in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ex-employees Brad and Melan Davis alleged that Blackwater, now known as...

Reimbursement Claims Under the WHCA: An Interview with Roger Levy

By Karen Yotis, Esq. ( Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt of a LexisNexis Emerging Issues Analysis commentary. Information on purchasing the complete article is set forth below .) When the matter at hand involves the Defense Base Act (DBA) or a reimbursement claim under the War Hazards...

Amnesty says half a million Afghans displaced

KABUL Afghanistan (AP) - Every day, 400 people join the ranks of half a million displaced by fighting and natural disaster in Afghanistan and the country's government has been hampering international efforts to help them, Amnesty International said Thursday. A new, disturbing report by Amnesty...

Afghanistan’s Dancing Boys Are Human Rights Victims

Without context, the term "dancing boys" might appear to be innocent in nature, such as a reference to a youth dance troupe. Even the Afghani term "bacha bazi," which roughly translates as "boy play," doesn't fully convey the human rights abuses inflicted upon such...

Afghan child bride's in-laws sentenced for torture

KABUL Afghanistan (AP) - The in-laws of a child bride who became the bruised and bloodied face of women's rights in Afghanistan have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for torture, abuse and human rights violations, a judge said Saturday. The plight of Full version (available to lexis.com...

Afghani Schools, Women’s Human Rights, and the Rule of Law

If you're an adult Afghani woman, you're probably one of the 94% who never attended school because the Taliban prohibited it. Although 3 million girls now attend school in Afghanistan, the long-term prospects for receiving an education are grim. To attend school means to risk your life...

Afghan police say man killed wife for wanting job

KABUL Afghanistan (AP) - A man in a western Afghan city has confessed to stabbing his wife to death to prevent her from taking a job outside the home, police said Monday. Mohammad Anwar, who was arrested in the provincial capital for the murder, said he Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

William A. Ruskin: Military's Embrace Of Clean Energy Reduces Combat Casualties

By William A. Ruskin | The Army’s development of clean domestic energy resources strengthens national security and plays an important role in helping it to achieve its primary mission. As the world's largest consumer of energy, the military's recognition of the importance of reducing...

News Excerpts From The Feb. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

EOIR Releases Plan to Protect Detainees with Mental Disorders | The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) recently released the first phase of a nationwide plan to provide heightened protections for unrepresented detainees with mental disorders. (The document is reprinted at Appendix A ....

Lost in the System: Under Taliban Threats, Afghan Translators Stranded in Visa Process

"He marched in tow with American soldiers. Friends were ambushed and killed. Without a firearm, the cunning that put them in the Taliban’s crosshairs also was their only defense. Each day brought gunfire, the whoosh of a rocket-propelled grenade, the pop of an IED. The delay? American bureaucracy...

Celebrated Afghan Woman Pilot Requests Asylum in U.S.

Margherita Stancati, Wall Street Journal, Dec. 24, 2016 - "As the first female airplane pilot in Afghanistan, Niloofar Rahmani became a powerful symbol of what women could accomplish in the post-Taliban era. But in the ultraconservative country, the limelight also brought threats, sending her into...