August 4, 2010 Nº 940 - Vol. 8

"The large print giveth, but the small print taketh away."

Tom Waits


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  • Top News

State 'can challenge Obama health care law' in court

Virginia can challenge in court the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform law, a judge has ruled. The decision is a setback to the administration, which will now have to defend the law in court in the run-up to the November elections. The state argued the law's requirement that Americans purchase health insurance is unconstitutional. The state's governor and attorney general are Republicans. The Obama administration has argued the requirement is structured like a tax on those who do not purchase insurance and that the federal government has broad constitutional authority to design tax policy. US District Judge Henry Hudson rejected the federal government's motion to dismiss Virginia's suit. He emphasized his ruling was merely an initial step and said the issue was ripe for court review. The Obama administration remains confident the healthcare law was grounded in the constitution. (Click here)

Father of internet Imam plans to sue CIA

The father of the Internet's most famous radical cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, is planning to sue the U.S. government for including his son on a CIA target list. Nasser al-Awlaki hired the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights last month to file a lawsuit that would question whether his American-born son can be on the CIA's "capture or kill" list. A lawsuit ultimately could seek an injunction to get him removed from the list. That lawsuit hasn't been filed. But it would mark the first legal challenge to the military and CIA target lists.

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  • Crumbs

1 - Asia demand 'spurs Brazilian shark kills' (Click here)

2 - Lawmakers got Lakers playoff tickets from stadium developer (Click here)

3 - Sylvester Stallone pursued by Brazilian company for unexpendable debts (Click here)

4 - Liquor Lobbying was Strong in Second Quarter (Click here)

5 - Affirmative action ban not unconstitutional, California Supreme Court rules (Click here)

6 - Trial for man accused of blackmailing lawyer (Click here)

7 - Lawyers probed over legal aid (Click here)

8 - Judge: Nixon Peabody charged excessive fees (Click here)

9 - Woman asks to wear burqa in witness box (Click here)

10 - Acquire necessary skills that you won't learn in law school (Click here)

11 - 87 pensioners win $870,000 in Strasbourg (Click here)

12 - Fifa fines Spain & Netherlands for World Cup behavior (Click here)

13 - Momentum builds for cameras inside the Supreme Court (Click here)

14 - Highest German court strengthens fathers' custody rights (Click here)

15 - Iran dismisses Lula's 'emotional' stoning asylum offer (Click here)

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  • MiMIC Journal

Geely completes acquisition of Volvo from Ford

The Chinese carmaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group completed the acquisition of Volvo from Ford Motor on Monday and named a chief executive to lead the company. Geely named Stefan Jacoby, the former head of Volkswagen of America, to be president and chief executive of Volvo. Mr. Jacoby will join the board of Volvo in August and conduct a strategic review to determine the scope and strategy of the company. Volvo will remain based in Sweden and keep factories in Belgium.

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  • Historia Verdadera

Embargo

El juez dr. Thomas Griesa, de la La Corte de Apelaciones de Nueva York, se negó a liberar US$ 90 millones de activos argentinos que mantiene paralizados desde 2007. El pedido fue realizado por la presidente Cristina Fernández.

Petrobras

La estatal brasileña Petrobras ratificó en una presentación ante los organismos reguladores locales que realizará una oferta de acciones para su plan de capitalización en septiembre, sin dar mayores detalles sobre su tamaño, detalles de su estructura y plazos. Estos títulos serán ofrecidos a los accionistas existentes, al tiempo que intercambiará crudo por papeles. Petrobras es la mayor compañía de Brasil y la más grande de América Latina.

Multa

La justicia española anula la multa de 3 millones de euros al BBVA por sus cuentas en paraísos fiscales.

Legalización de la droga

El presidente de México, Felipe Calderón, ha decidido promover la discusión en todos los niveles políticos y sociales sobre la posibilidad de legalizar el uso y consumo de droga en el país. La medida surge como un método para frenar el alto índice delictivo que acosa a varias ciudades mexicanas.

De vuelos

Mexicana de Aviación, la segunda aerolínea de México, ha recurrido a los tribunales de justicia y soloicitó entrar en un proceso de suspensión de pagos para "reestructurar sus costos y asegurar la viabilidad de la empresa", debido a sus deudas, de lo contrario podría declararse "formalmente la quiebra", dijo en un comunicado.

Captura

La justicia cubana libró una requisitoria contra el empresario Max Marambio en la cual le da hasta el 23 de agosto para comparecer o será declarado en rebeldía. Marambio, de 63 años y radicado en Chile, es dueño, junto al Estado cubano de la empresa "Alimentos Río Zaza" y está acusado por malversación, falsificación de documentos bancarios y de comercio y estafa.

  • Brief News

Fight for funds delays settlement for Madoff victims

A potential multibillion dollar legal settlement that would go to victims of Madoff has been delayed by other lawsuits competing for the same funds. The suits, which seek class-action status, were filed for Madoff investors whose claims were rejected entirely or in part by Irving Picard, a trustee recovering money for the victims, on grounds that they were based on fictitious profits and not actual losses. In addition, federal prosecutors in New York in recent weeks have demanded that the Picower estate forfeit assets on top of what the trustee is seeking.

Crisis firms flourish amid recession

Crisis-preparedness counseling firms say their business has boomed during the recession, as more managers address frayed workplace emotions amid downsizing. (Click here)

BP says 'static kill' successful

BP says the "static kill" at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has worked, a major step towards permanently sealing it.

Israeli Arab has 'deception rape' sentence delayed

An Arab man convicted in Israel of rape because he pretended he was a Jew has had his prison sentence delayed. Sabbar Kashur, 30, was found guilty of "rape by deception" when he had consensual sex with an Israeli woman, and sentenced to 18 months in jail. He has appealed against the sentence, and it has now been delayed, pending a high court decision.

Mexico says 28,000 killed in drugs war since 2006

More than 28,000 people have died in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the drug cartels in 2006. Announcing the latest figures, national intelligence chief Guillermo Valdes said real progress had been made towards breaking the cartels' power. But he said the state was facing a complex challenge from well-organized groups and that violence was growing.

Mexicana files for bankruptcy

Mexico's biggest airline, Mexicana de Aviacion, has filed for bankruptcy protection after failing to reach a deal with trade unions on cost cutting. The heavily-indebted airline said flights would continue while it restructured its finances. Mexicana had proposed deep pay cuts for pilots and crew, as well as a 40% reduction in the workforce.

Brazil debt deteriorates

The risk associated with holding Brazilian bonds relative to Peru climbed to a 20-month high on concern Lula isn't taking advantage of the fastest growth in two decades to cut debt. The cost of protecting Brazil's debt against non-payment for five years with credit-default swaps compared with Peru rose yesterday to 10 basis points, or 0.1 percentage point, the highest since December 2008. As recently as March, Peru's swaps were more expensive than Brazil's. Brazilian swaps are also 11 basis points higher than Panama. All three countries are rated BBB- by Standard & Poor’s. "The fundamentals of Brazil have been deteriorating whereas the fundamentals of Peru and Panama have improved."

Can you be (legally) fired for using (legally) prescribed marijuana?

You're a human-resources manager at a company in a state that has a law allowing the use of medical marijuana in certain situations. You find out that one of your employees is using marijuana to treat a chronic medical problem, in violation of your company's drug policy. What should you do? (Click here)

Iraq court sentences former Saddam official to death

The Iraqi High Criminal Court said on Tuesday that it has sentenced to death a senior official of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Mezban Khadar Hadi, who was a leader in Saddam's Baath Party, will be executed for draining the country's marshlands in an effort quash Shiite resistance in the region. Before his arrest in 2003, Hadi was a member of the Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council, which had both legislative and and executive authorities under Saddam's regime. The court also sentenced Saddam advisor Abdul Ghani Abdul Ghafoor to life in prison and 29 other Baath officials to prison sentences of up to 15 years.

Wikipedia and FBI in logo use row

In a letter sent to Wikipedia's San Francisco office, the FBI said that "unauthorized reproduction of the FBI Seal was prohibited by US law". "Whoever possesses any insignia...or any colorable imitation thereof…shall be fined...or imprisoned... or both," the FBI wrote. The issue centered on the FBI's Wikipedia entry which, in addition to information on the US bureau, also features an image of the "Seal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation". The FBI said that this was "particularly problematic, because it facilitates both deliberate and unwitting violations of restrictions by Wikipedia users". It is not yet known why the FBI has singled out Wikipedia, when the FBI seal is published on numerous other websites.

South Africa court sentences former Interpol president to 15 years

A South African court on Tuesday sentenced former Iterpol president and South African police chief Jackie Selebi to 15 years in prison for corruption. (Click here)

Obama confirms plan for US troop withdrawal from Iraq

Obama has confirmed the end of all combat operations in Iraq by 31 August. Some 50,000 of 65,000 US troops currently in Iraq are set to remain until the end of 2011 to advise Iraqi forces and protect US interests.

EU ends security reform in Guinea-Bissau over breakdown of law and order

The EU on Monday declined to renew its mandate of reforming Guinea-Bissau security forces, citing the breakdown of law and order in the country. The EU SSR Guinea-Bissau Mission was first launched in June 2008 and was intended to provide assistance to the west African nation's security forces in developing a legal framework in which to implement a national security sector reform.

Guantanamo trial set to go ahead

The U.S. military is moving ahead with the first trial under the Obama administration's new military commissions, despite U.S. officials' concerns about starting with a Guantanamo-detainee case beset by troubles.

Obama signs Fair Sentencing Act

Obama signed into law the Fair Sentencing Act, which narrows the huge disparity in punishment given to those convicted of possessing crack cocaine versus those found with the drug in powder form. The gap has been of particular concern to the African-American community. Crack users tend to be poorer than those who use powder - and disproportionately African-American. The new law, passed through rare bipartisan compromise, narrows that 100 to 1 ratio to 18 to 1. Obama campaigned on a platform that included closing the sentencing gap, but some legal activists are calling for it to be narrowed even further.

20 law professors back ACLU in suit

Twenty professors of legal ethics from law schools around the country are named in a brief filed in Superior Court Monday which accuses former Family Court Chief Judge Jeremiah S. Jeremiah Jr. and the magistrates who run the state's Truancy Court program of attempting to stifle the free-speech rights of two lawyers representing the American Civil Liberties Union and its Rhode Island affiliate. Lawyers representing Jeremiah and the magistrates have asked a Rhode Island Superior Court judge to bar the ACLU's New York lawyers from participating in a class-action lawsuit the ACLU filed for their clients because the ACLU lawyers made public statements against the Truancy Court during a news conference last March. (Click here)

UK coalition government sued over emergency budget's effects on women

A UK-based women's rights group filed suit Friday against the new coalition government over its 2010 budget, claiming the drastic spending cuts in it will have a disproportionately negative impact on women. The accusation stems from a gender impact study commissioned by Labour Party MP and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Yvette Cooper and conducted by the House of Commons Library, which found that 72 percent of the £10.5 billion in budget cuts would be shouldered by women.

  • Daily Press Review

Pakistan floods trigger mass exodus
Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar

Pakistan's Leader Says World Losing Afghan War
Asharq Al-Awsat, Pan-Arab daily, London, England

Khalifa pardons 724 prisoners
Gulf News, Independent daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Report: Iran thwarts Ahmadinejad assassination attempt
Haaretz, Liberal daily, Tel Aviv, Israel

IRAQ: 'We're Not Living, Just Not Dying'
IPS Middle East, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

Mofaz: Incident was terror attack
JPost, Conservative, Jerusalem, Israel

Mystery of two abandoned babies solved
Khaleej Times, English-language daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

UAE- Tanker damage raises a tidal wave of questions
Middle East North African Network, Online financial portal, Amman, Jordan

3 Children, 1 Teacher Killed in China School Attack
Nahamet, Online news portal, Beirut, Lebanon

Panel formed on Lebanon poll law
Saudi Gazette, English-language daily, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Security Council calls for ?utmost restraint? at border
The Daily Star, Independent daily, Beirut, Lebanon

Lebanon, Israel troops clash on border
Times of Oman, English-language daily, Muscat, Oman

Al-Qaeda launches two offensives in south Yemen
Yemen Observer, Sana'a, Republic of Yemen

The OPEC Fund for International Development Scholarship
Yemen Times, (Independent weekly), Sana'a, Republic of Yemen

Lloyds sees sharp swing to profit
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

AIB warns of possible interest rate rises to come
BreakingNews.ie, Online news portal, Cork, Ireland

Iran 'has obtained S-300 missiles'
Daily Express, Conservative tabloid, London, England

Staci Hargreaves cleared after ramming stiletto through boyfriend's eye into brain
Daily Mail, Conservative daily, London, England

Motorola, Verizon partner on Android TV tablet - report
DMeurope, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

BP OIL SPILL: Leaking well under control after 'static kill' operation, says BP
France 24, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

Kenya votes on new constitution amid high security
Hurriyet Daily News, (Liberal, English-language), Istanbul, Turkey

Madonna And Taylor Momsen Launch Material Girl At Macy's
Look Magazine, London, England

Duke of Lancaster soldiers seize Taliban stronghold
News & Star, Independent daily, Carlisle, England

Death Toll From Russian Wildfires Raised To 48
Radio Free Europe, Prague, Czech Republic

Business Lending: Banks 2 Government 0
Sky News, Independent newscaster, Middlesex, England

A Secretive Family's Success: What Makes the Aldi Discount Empire Tick
Spiegel International, Liberal newsmagazine, Hamburg, Germany

Lloyds profits leap as bad debts are halved
The Guardian, Liberal daily, London, England

Reports of attack on Iranian presidential convoy
The Independent, London, England

Deutsche Postbank reports pretax profit
The Irish Times, Centrist daily, Dublin, Ireland

Shoigu Says Wildfires Out of Control
The Moscow Times, Independent daily, Moscow, Russia

Our donkey's a super-tsar
The Sun, London, England

Madonna and daughter Lourdes launch clothing line for teenagers
The Telegraph, London, England

Food watchdog admits tracking cloned cows 'impossible'
The Telegraph, Conservative daily, London, England

Six of world's best wild-water swims
Times Online, Conservative daily, London, England

Two foreign ministers discuss Peninsula situation
Antara News, News agency, Jakarta, Indonesia

Taiwan diplomat calls for FTAs with EU
China Post, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

10th Seoul International Financial Forum Kicks Off
Chosun Ilbo, Conservative daily, Seoul, South Korea

Extra troops patrol Karachi after violence kills 62
Dawn, English-language daily, Karachi, Pakistan

Kazakhstan miners oppose export tax
Gazeta.kz, Official online newspaper, Kazakhstan

Spectators who jeered Yuvraj released from detention
Hindustan Times, New Delhi, India

Ready for CAG or judicial probe, says under-fire Kalmadi
India Express, News portal, Mumbai, India

Gogoi's heart surgery begins in Mumbai
India Times, Conservative daily, New Delhi, India

That 70s show in Russia
Japan Times, Independent centrist, Tokyo, Japan

Report on death of ex-assembyman, aide, to be ready in a week
Malaysian Star, Online news portal, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

NZer on drugs charge still in Bali jail
New Zealand Herald, Conservative daily, Auckland, New Zealand

Commander surrenders
Pajhwok Afghan News, (Independent news agency), Kabul, Afghanistan

Australia trade surplus hits record high in June
People's Daily Online, English-language, Beijing, China

Sri Lanka all out for 425 in first innings
Sify News, Chennai, India

DJ's McInnes speaks out
Sydney Morning Herald, Centrist daily, Sydney, Australia

Banks lead Asian markets higher after strong results
Taiwan News, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

Father-son team to contest world retro running race
Taiwan Today, Government Information Office, Taipei, Taiwan

Post-WikiLeaks, US to amend law to curb media
Thaindian News, Bangkok, Thailand

E-mails Kalmadi relied on were doctored: MEA
The Hindu, Left-leaning daily, Chennai, India

Over 400 wildfires scorch B.C.
Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Two guilty in JFK bomb plot
Caribbean360, Online news portal, St. Michael, Barbados

Minister extends public consultation on Conservation Law
Cayman Net News, Online news portal, George Town, Cayman Islands

Landmark plea bargain in Dominican Republic's top gangland slaughter case
Dominican Today, Independent daily, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

COLOMBIA-VENEZUELA: Bolívar's Heirs Clash on Bicentennial
IPS Latin America, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

PM puts brakes on waivers
Jamaica Gleaner, Independent daily, Kingston, Jamaica

Bubonic plague kills Peru boy, minister warns of outbreak
Living in Peru, News portal, Lima, Peru

Alberta woman awarded Star of Courage for bravery in lake rescue
The Globe and Mail, Centrist daily, Toronto, Canada

BP says 'static kill' progressing well
Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario

Relatives of bridge victim want justice
Trinidad Guardian, Independent daily, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Key reforms put to vote in Kenya
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Congo Catholic Bishops Praise U.S. Law on 'Conflict Minerals'
CongoPlanet.com, Independent online news aggregator

Northern NDC's declare unconditional support for Mills
GhanaWeb, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Obama hits back at Mugabe
iafrica, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Girl, 14, was forced to be a sex slave
Independent Online, News portal, Cape Town, South Africa

20 Ethiopians die in Addis road accident
Jimma Times, Online news portal, Jimma, Ethiopia

Students cover professor's office in kitchen foil
Mail & Guardian Online, Liberal, Johannesburg, South Africa

Elderly fire victims' families sought
News24.com, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Trans-border clash averted
Vanguard, Independent daily, Lagos, Nigeria

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