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Pakistan court stays Sunni hardliner's election

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday halted the election to the national parliament of the leader of a banned hardline sectarian group, officials said. An election tribunal earlier this month declared Maulana Ahmad Ludhianvi, head of a group called Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), the elected member for the town of Jhang in Punjab province. Ludhianvi, whose organisation is listed as a terrorist outfit by the Pakistani government, came second in the seat in the May 2013 general election to Shaikh Mohammad Akram of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) party.

India's Modi condemns anti-Muslim remarks; colleagues remain defiant

By Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi on Tuesday distanced himself from colleagues on the Hindu far right, saying they must focus on development issues in the election campaign, rather than rail against minority Muslims and liberals. Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is running on a platform to revive an economy going through the worst slowdown since 1980s.

Cricket: Top court urges new corruption probe into IPL

The Supreme Court on Tuesday urged a tough new investigation into allegations of spot-fixing and illegal betting in the Indian Premier League cricket competition after months of controversy. The top court said it wanted the country's investigation agencies to team up with its own three-member panel appointed last year to probe the allegations into the popular Twenty20 competition.

Juicy court case leaves Coca-Cola on defensive

Coca-Cola was taken to task by the US Supreme Court on Monday, with justices questioning whether a drink sold as fruit juice was the real thing. The US soft drinks giant is being sued by Californian fruit juice maker Pom Wonderful, who accuse Coca-Cola of misleading consumers about its Minute Maid drink "Pomegranate Blueberry" that contains only 0.5 percent of the two fruits. Pom Wonderful attorney Seth Waxman said consumers were being misled by Coca-Cola branding the drink -- which was mostly apple or grape -- as "Pomegranate Blueberry."

US high court justice gives Guantanamo inmates opening

A US Supreme Court justice on Monday raised questions about the scope of the government's authority to detain terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, offering a glimmer of hope to those held for years without charge. The high court refused to hear the appeal of a Yemeni man held for 12 years at the US military prison in Cuba, letting stand a lower court ruling that he could be detained simply because he was found to be "part of al-Qaeda or the Taliban at the time of his apprehension."

Broadcasters' copyright challenge to streaming TV could have big impact on how we get programs

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court is taking up a dispute between broadcasters and an Internet startup company that has the potential to bring big changes to the television industry. The company is Aereo Inc., and the justices are hearing arguments Tuesday over its service that gives subscribers in 11 U.S. cities access to television programs on their laptop computers, smartphones and other portable devices.

Court says law infringes, but upholds B.C. election rules on small advertisers

VANCOUVER - A British Columbia judge has upheld a law that requires anyone engaged in political advertising during a provincial election campaign to register, even when little or no money is involved, after concluding the law represents a reasonable infringement on free speech rights. The B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association filed a constitutional challenge of a section of the province's Election Act, which requires people or groups to register with Elections BC before participating in a wide range of activities considered to be third-party advertising.

Oklahoma inmates win stay of execution over secret lethal drugs

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Two Oklahoma inmates, including one scheduled for execution on Tuesday, won stays of executions on Monday when the state's highest court ruled the inmates have a right to challenge the secrecy over the drugs the state intends to use to put them to death.

Oklahoma inmates win stay of execution over secret lethal drugs

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Two Oklahoma inmates, including one scheduled for execution on Tuesday, won stays of executions on Monday when the state's highest court ruled the inmates have a right to challenge the secrecy over the drugs the state intends to use to put them to death.

Supreme Court rejects Exxon's appeal in pollution case

Washington, Apr 21 (EFE).- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the appeal by Exxon Mobil Corp. in a case that obligated the firm to pay $105 million for contaminating a New York City aquifer. In 2009, a court found that Exxon had contaminated subterranean water wells with a fuel additive known at MTBE, which leaked from its underground storage tanks in the NYC borough of Queens. Last July 2, a federal appellate court upheld the verdict.
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