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Supreme Court to hear Nigeria-Shell rights case

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court said Monday it will consider a lawsuit accusing Royal Dutch Shell of human rights abuses, a case that could make companies liable for torture or genocide committed overseas. The plaintiffs — relatives of seven Nigerians killed by the country’s former military regime — sued…

U.S. court rules that sunken treasure belongs to Spain

A US appeals court has ruled that treasure found on a ship that sunk more than 200 years ago and was recovered by a deep-sea exploration firm must be returned to Spain. The Odyssey company found the ship, “Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes,” at a depth of 1,700 feet (518…

US appeals to reopen Blackwater case

WASHINGTON — A US appeals court met behind closed doors Tuesday as the government appealed a judge’s decision to clear five former guards with security company Blackwater of killing 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007. The three appeals court judges agreed to a request from all sides for the hearing into…

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