Iraqi court gives death penalty to Saddam’s half-brothers

BAGHDAD - Iraq’s Criminal Court Wednesday sentenced two half-brothers of former President Saddam Hussein to death for the execution of 42 merchants in 1992, and jailed close Saddam advisor Tariq Aziz for his role in the executions.

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Madras High Court chief justice worried over lawyers’ stir

CHENNAI - Chief Justice of the Madras High Court H.L. Gokhale Wednesday expressed concern over the difficult situation arising out of lawyers agitating nationwide while a section of advocates here returned to work after a long break.

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Pakistan launches clampdown ahead of protest march

ISLAMABAD - The police in Pakistan’s eastern province of Punjab began a crackdown Wednesday on opposition parties and anti-government lawyers to forestall this week’s planned countrywide protest march.

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Don’t blindly ape our rulings: apex court tells high court

NEW DELHI - The Supreme Court has ticked off the Andhra Pradesh High Court for ‘blindly’ relying on an apex court ruling and acquitting a corrupt government official - caught red-handed while accepting bribe - on a reasoning that his offence was not proven.

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House arrest ordered for Sharif brothers: Report

LAHORE - Pakistani authorities Wednesday decided to put Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif and his borther Shahbaz Sharif under house arrest to prevent a planned long march by the opposition party workers and lawyers to Islamabad, Geo TV reported.

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