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Canada bans veils at citizen oath

12 December 2011 Last updated at 23:38 GMT Canada is considering a wider ban on veils in government offices, schools and hospitals Canada’s government has introduced a ban on the wearing of veils while swearing the oath of citizenship. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney told a news conference in Montreal anyone wanting to […]

Top court to rule on Arizona law

12 December 2011 Last updated at 22:38 GMT The Obama administration is challenging immigration laws in a handful of US states The US Supreme Court has said it will rule on the legality of Arizona’s tough immigration law. It requires police to demand proof of citizenship if they suspect anyone they stop is in the […]

Police employ Predator drone spy planes on home front

December 12, 2011 by legitgov ShareThis Police employ Predator drone spy planes on home front –The previously unreported use of its drones to assist local, state and federal law enforcement has occurred without any public acknowledgment or debate. 10 Dec 2011 (ND) Local police say they have used two unarmed Predators based at Grand Forks […]

New York smokers seek roll-your-own refuge

9 December 2011 Last updated at 02:03 GMT By Anna Bressanin New York Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The high taxes on mass-produced cigarettes have prompted some smokers to roll their own A new “roll-your-own” tobacco company in New York sells cigarettes for one-third of the normal price and claims its […]

Alabama to ‘clarify’ illegals law

9 December 2011 Last updated at 21:18 GMT The law required new training for Alabama’s police force The governor of the southern US state of Alabama says he and legislators are working to clarify the state’s tough immigration law. Governor Robert Bentley’s announcement comes after business groups argued that the law was harming Alabama’s international […]

What the Crystal Cox case means for digital media | Dan Gillmor

In 2004, the famously paranoid Apple Computer sued some “John Does” – presumably, company employees – who’d allegedly leaked information about upcoming products to several websites covering the company and its affairs. As part of the suit, Apple demanded that the site publishers turn over information about who had given them the information they’d published. […]

Thai Court Jails American for Insulting Thai Monarchy

A court in Thailand has for the first time jailed an American citizen for insulting the Thai monarchy in blog postings made from the United States.  U.S. authorities have called the two-and-a-half-year prison sentence “severe” and expressed concern about a string of recent prosecutions involving freedom of expression.   Thailand’s criminal court Thursday found American […]

US to support gay rights abroad

7 December 2011 Last updated at 10:53 GMT Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Hillary Clinton: “Being gay is not a western invention, it is a human reality” The US has publicly declared it will fight discrimination against gays and lesbians abroad by using foreign aid and diplomacy to encourage reform. Secretary […]

Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years

7 December 2011 Last updated at 21:59 GMT Former Illinois Governor Blagojevich was arrested in 2008 while still in office Disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption. He was found guilty in June of 17 counts of graft, including trying to sell the US Senate seat […]

Alabama AG makes revision suggestions for immigration law

(CNN) — Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has sent to state legislative leaders a series of suggested changes to the state’s controversial anti-illegal immigration law. In a memo dated December 1, Strange responds to a request made by the Alabama Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh and the Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard: “My […]