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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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Egyptian courts sentence protesters to five years in prison
Egyptian officials announced on Sunday the conviction and prison sentences of over one hundred demonstrators who were peacefully assembling without a permit. Fifty one individuals were sentenced [Ahram report] to two years in prison while another hundred and one individuals were sentenced to five years in prison. The sentences were handed down on Saturday in connection with the April demonstrations [Daily News Egypt report] to protest the Red Sea islands being turned over to Saudia Arabia. Many believed the islands were apart of an economic deal [Aljazeera report], and protested against the government decision, leading to the charges of joining... Full Story››
Turkish authorities prevent opposition party congress
Turkish state police on Sunday prevented members from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) [official site, in Turkish] from holding a party congress in direct opposition to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official profile], by sealing off a hosting hotel. Police put up barricades and sealed the hotel to prevent party members from gaining access to the hotel where they had planned to hold a congress to challenge the allegedly growing power [Reuters report] of Erdogan. The party previously undertook judicial measures attempting to force a session, but the courts have failed to decide [AA report] if the MHP has a legitimate... Full Story››
Dominican Republic faces historic election
The Dominican Republic on Sunday will hold elections for over 4,000 positions, including the president, vice-president, members of congress and the municipal councilors. This is the first time in over two decades that elections will be held for all electoral positions [AS/COA report] in the country. The election cycle is even more complex [El Caribe report, in Spanish] because there are over twenty-six parties [TeleSur report] who are running for the electoral positions where the winner is determined by a manual counting [Dominican Today report] of the ballots. As such, there are going to be over 300 legal and judicial... Full Story››
Papua New Guinea officials say refugees are no longer detained
Papua New Guinea Immigration [official website] authorities stated on Thursday that the 898 refugees at the processing center on Manus Island are no longer detained because they are allowed to leave the facility. The announcement [The Guardian report] is in response to recent international calls for the country to reform its asylum policies. The authorities are allowing the detainees to travel to the mainland but they are still being housed at the processing center. However refugee advocates believe [Reuters report] the asylum seekers are not allowed to leave the facility as they wish without checking in and out and that... Full Story››
Uganda opposition leader charged with treason
Uganda police announced on Saturday that opposition leader Kizza Besigye [BBC report] will be charged with treason after he was arrested Wednesday for declaring himself the president of the country despite losing the election to President Yoweri Museveni [BBC profile]. Besigye was sworn in [video] as president in a public ceremony where he accused Museveni of trying to overthrow the Constitution. Besigye was subject to a court order [Daily Monitor report] banning him from holding opposition events, which the police claim he violated. The leader of Besigye's party claimed [Daily Monitor report] that he was removed and transported by plane... Full Story››