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  • Image copyright Science Photo Library A dispute between the UK and Mauritius over disputed island territory in the Indian Ocean is to be referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).The UN General Assembly voted by 94 countries to 15 that The Hague should examine the legal status of the Chagos Islands.The former British colony used to be part of Mauritius but was detached in 1965 and is now home to a US airbase.The Foreign Office said it would be an "inappropriate" use of the ICJ."This is a disappointing outcome," a Foreign Office spokesman said: "Sovereignty of the British Indian Ocean Territory is clearly a matter for the UK and Mauritius to resolve ourselves. "Taking this dispute to the International Court of Justice is an inappropriate use of the ICJ mechanism."Mauritius, which gained independence from Britain in 1968, argues that the UK broke international law when it separated off the islands before granting Mauritius its independence.'Embarrassing defeat&#039..

    Chagos legal status sent to international court by UN

    Image copyright Science Photo Library A dispute between the UK and Mauritius over disputed island territory in the Indian Ocean is to be referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).The UN General Assembly voted by 94 countries to 15 that The Hague should examine the legal status of the Chagos Islands.The former British colony used to be part of Mauritius but was detached in 1965 and is now home to a US airbase.The Foreign Office said it would be an "inappropriate" use of the ICJ."This is a disappointing outcome," a Foreign Office spokesman said: "Sovereignty of the British Indian Ocean Territory is clearly a matter for the UK and Mauritius to resolve ourselves. "Taking this dispute to the International Court of Justice is an inappropriate use of the ICJ mechanism."Mauritius, which gained independence from Britain in 1968, argues that the UK broke international law when it separated off the islands before granting Mauritius its independence.'Embarrassing defeat&#039..
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  • Image copyright PA Single parents with a child under two have won a court challenge as they face "real misery" from the government's benefits cap.A High Court judge said the cap was not intended to cover such households, had "no good purpose", and the failure to exempt them was discriminatory.The government said it intended to appeal and there would be no change to the cap while this process was ongoing.The cap limits the income households receive in certain benefits. It stands at £23,000 for those in London and £20,000 a year outside London. Parents must work for at least 16 hours a week to avoid the cap. 'Real damage'The ruling was made in response to a judicial review brought by four lone parent families - including two who had been made homeless owing to domestic violence. Their solicitor said their benefits were, or were expected to be, cut as they were unable to work the 16 hours.A judge in London ruled on Thursday that he was "satisfied that the claims must ..

    Single parents win benefits cap High Court challenge

    Image copyright PA Single parents with a child under two have won a court challenge as they face "real misery" from the government's benefits cap.A High Court judge said the cap was not intended to cover such households, had "no good purpose", and the failure to exempt them was discriminatory.The government said it intended to appeal and there would be no change to the cap while this process was ongoing.The cap limits the income households receive in certain benefits. It stands at £23,000 for those in London and £20,000 a year outside London. Parents must work for at least 16 hours a week to avoid the cap. 'Real damage'The ruling was made in response to a judicial review brought by four lone parent families - including two who had been made homeless owing to domestic violence. Their solicitor said their benefits were, or were expected to be, cut as they were unable to work the 16 hours.A judge in London ruled on Thursday that he was "satisfied that the claims must ..
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  • “HATE speech”, activists on college campuses like to say, “is not free speech”. Ted Wheeler, the mayor of Portland, Oregon, made the point last month in reference to a man who uttered anti-Muslim slurs before killing two people who challenged him. “Hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment”, Mr Wheeler said. For decades, the Supreme Court has polit..

    The Supreme Court says offensive trademarks are protected speech

    “HATE speech”, activists on college campuses like to say, “is not free speech”. Ted Wheeler, the mayor of Portland, Oregon, made the point last month in reference to a man who uttered anti-Muslim slurs before killing two people who challenged him. “Hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment”, Mr Wheeler said. For decades, the Supreme Court has polit..
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  • Later this year the Supreme Court will hear a new spin on a scourge almost as old as the republic: partisan gerrymandering, a trick whereby politicians pick their voters rather than the other way around. In recent years, the justices have cracked down on districts that are drawn using predominantly racial lines. A ruling in 2015 held that Alabama violated th..

    A new Supreme Court case could rejigger electoral lines for the 2020 election

    Later this year the Supreme Court will hear a new spin on a scourge almost as old as the republic: partisan gerrymandering, a trick whereby politicians pick their voters rather than the other way around. In recent years, the justices have cracked down on districts that are drawn using predominantly racial lines. A ruling in 2015 held that Alabama violated th..
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  • Apple and Qualcomm have been at each other's throats for a while now. It all started in January, when the iPhone manufacturer sued Qualcomm for allegedly withholding $1 billion in royalties that were owed to the Cupertino company.This started an avalanche of suits and counter-suits between the..

    Apple strikes another blow at Qualcomm in court, claiming its business model is invalid

    Apple and Qualcomm have been at each other's throats for a while now. It all started in January, when the iPhone manufacturer sued Qualcomm for allegedly withholding $1 billion in royalties that were owed to the Cupertino company.This started an avalanche of suits and counter-suits between the..
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  • Reports in Spain have suggested the Real Madrid superstar will appear in court next month in relation to accusations of tax evasion Cristiano Ronaldo will appear in court on July 31 following allegations of tax evasion from Spanish prosecutors, according to reports. Mourinho accused of tax fraud ..

    Ronaldo set for July court date in tax fraud case – reports

    Reports in Spain have suggested the Real Madrid superstar will appear in court next month in relation to accusations of tax evasion Cristiano Ronaldo will appear in court on July 31 following allegations of tax evasion from Spanish prosecutors, according to reports. Mourinho accused of tax fraud ..
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  • All about the BenjaminsTHE signature cocktail at the bar of the Trump International Hotel, in the Old Post Office building in Washington, is a $100 vodka potion served with oysters and caviar. It is called “The Benjamin” after Benjamin Franklin, America’s first postmaster-general. “You can see anyone from Rudy Giuliani to foreign dignitaries to businessmen f..

    The number of parties keen to see the president in court multiplies

    All about the BenjaminsTHE signature cocktail at the bar of the Trump International Hotel, in the Old Post Office building in Washington, is a $100 vodka potion served with oysters and caviar. It is called “The Benjamin” after Benjamin Franklin, America’s first postmaster-general. “You can see anyone from Rudy Giuliani to foreign dignitaries to businessmen f..
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  • “EVEN for the president”, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said on June 12th, immigration policy “is not a one-person show”. By a 3-0 vote, the court refused to lift a Hawaii judge’s stay on Donald Trump’s revised order banning travel from six mostly Muslim countries. The decision in State of Hawaii v Trump is the latest in a string of judicial defeats for..

    Another appeals court rejects Donald Trump’s travel ban

    “EVEN for the president”, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said on June 12th, immigration policy “is not a one-person show”. By a 3-0 vote, the court refused to lift a Hawaii judge’s stay on Donald Trump’s revised order banning travel from six mostly Muslim countries. The decision in State of Hawaii v Trump is the latest in a string of judicial defeats for..
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  • “YOU don’t remove a president whenever you please,” pronounced Gilmar Mendes, the top judge of Brazil’s supreme electoral tribunal (TSE) on June 9th as he voted to acquit Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, of charges of soliciting illegal campaign donations. With that tiebreaking vote, Mr Temer survived the biggest threat yet to his scandal-hit presidency. It..

    Brazil’s electoral court keeps Michel Temer in office

    “YOU don’t remove a president whenever you please,” pronounced Gilmar Mendes, the top judge of Brazil’s supreme electoral tribunal (TSE) on June 9th as he voted to acquit Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, of charges of soliciting illegal campaign donations. With that tiebreaking vote, Mr Temer survived the biggest threat yet to his scandal-hit presidency. It..
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  • TIMOTHY CARPENTER, a Michigan man, had a habit of stealing smartphones from Radio Shacks and T-Mobile stores; his own phone provided the evidence authorities needed to nab him. On June 5th, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Mr Carpenter’s complaint that his privacy rights under the Fourth Amendment were violated when his phone company shared data on his where..

    The Supreme Court will consider a mobile phone privacy case

    TIMOTHY CARPENTER, a Michigan man, had a habit of stealing smartphones from Radio Shacks and T-Mobile stores; his own phone provided the evidence authorities needed to nab him. On June 5th, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Mr Carpenter’s complaint that his privacy rights under the Fourth Amendment were violated when his phone company shared data on his where..
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