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Foreclosure Mediation Program Continues
The Berks County Bar Association, in conjunction with the Berks County Courts and Neighborhood Housing Services, have created a program by which those threatened with the loss of their home can seek relief. The program began January 1 and is continuing. Those served with a complaint in a consumer debt or home mortgage case may take advantage of the program.
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Spain court opens fraud trial for former IMF chief
A Spanish court began hearing the fraud trial of former International Monetary Fund (IMF) [official website] chief Rodrigo Rato and more than 60 other bankers on Monday concerning allegations the defendants fraudulently used secret credit cards from Bankia bank to pay for personal luxuries. Rato also served as economic minister of Spain, was a member of the Popular Party and headed Bankia until it nearly collapsed in 2012. Prosecutors claim [BBC report] the defendants spent about USD $13.5 million of bank funds on travel, hotels, and entertainment and also failed to report any of the expenses to tax authorities. Prosecutors... Full Story››
China court sentences three labor organizers to suspended prison term
A southern China court on Monday sentenced three prominent labor organizers to suspended prison terms, almost nine months after they were arrested during a crackdown on civic organizations working outside of the Communist Party. Zeng Feiyang, who was indicted on claims of "gathering a crowd to disturb social order" was sentenced [NYT report] to three years with a four-year suspension, while the two other organizers, Tang Jian and Zhu Xiaomei, were sentenced to one-and-a-half years with two-year suspensions. The three activists were important figures in the labor movement in China, effective at organizing workers to fight for higher wages and... Full Story››
Switzerland voters approve new surveillance law
Swiss voters on Sunday voted to approve a new surveillance law allowing their national intelligence service broad powers to spy on 'terrorist' suspects and cyber criminals, as well as the ability to cooperate with foreign intelligence agencies. While Switzerland is a country where the right to privacy is considered very important, the new law will allow security agents to tap phones and computer networks. This marks a drastic change from previous surveillance capabilities, as the intelligence agency relied solely on information from public sources and other authorities. Some left-wing groups have expressed their displeasure saying the new legislation violates citizens'... Full Story››
HRW: Pakistan must overhaul its police force
Pakistani police are committing serious human rights abuses [press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Monday, calling for a complete overhaul of the country's police system. The report [text], "This Crooked System," looks at the history of the Pakistani police and details occurrences of arbitrary arrest, torture, extra-judicial killings and sexual violence, especially among religious minorities that are vulnerable to "disgruntled and corrupt" members of the force. "The rule of law won't become a reality in Pakistan unless the law enforcement forces tasked with imposing the law are also held to it," said Brad Adams, Asia director at... Full Story››
UAE to enact stricter drone regulations
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will enact laws to have stricter regulations on the sale and operation of drones, according to a statement by the country's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) [official website] Monday. The regulations will focus on [Reuters report] imports, sales, and performance and will also address separate regulations for heavier drones and pilotless aircraft. The GCAA is currently developing a process [Arabian Aerospace report] in Abu Dhabi to link drone approval systems so that private drone users can have their devices approved more quickly. The GCAA hopes this will make the air space safer. The agency currently... Full Story››