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The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is the highest court in the federal judiciary of the United States. It has ultimate appellate jurisdiction over all federal and state court cases that involve a point of federal law, and original jurisdiction over a narrow range of cases, specifically "all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party". The Court holds the power of judicial review, the ability to invalidate a statute for violating a provision of the U.S. Constitution. It is also able to strike down presidential directives for violating either the Constitution or statutory law. However, it may act only within the context of a case in an area of law over which it has jurisdiction. The Court may decide cases having political overtones, but it has ruled that it does not have power to decide non-justiciable political questions.

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U.S. Supreme Court open to more damages against Sudan over embassy bombings

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared open to reinstating $4.3 billion in punitive damages against Sudan in lawsuits accusing it of complicity in the 1998 al Qaeda bombings of two U.S. embassies in..
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Ukraine constitutional court says scrapping old Supreme Court was unconstitutional

Ukrainian lawmakers exceeded their authority when they voted to scrap the country's old Supreme Court in 2016 as part of sweeping judicial reform, the country's constitutional court ruled on Wednesday.
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The future of oystermen in Florida’s Apalachicola Bay may be determined by the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to rule later this year on a seven-year-long legal battle between Florida and..

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India citizenship law: Supreme Court prepares to hear appeals [Video]India citizenship law: Supreme Court prepares to hear appeals

Supreme Court judges get ready to hear the first complaints against controversial new law.

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal in teen texting suicide case [Video]U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal in teen texting suicide case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place the manslaughter conviction of a Massachusetts woman for goading her boyfriend into committing suicide. Freddie Joyner has more.

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Dubious friends and a big legal claim: Questions raised in spy case

Soon after lodging a $3 million Supreme Court claim, Filip Shu started calling around Sydney journalists. What was motivating him?
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Mexican president intends to send judicial reform proposal to Congress

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday he will send Congress a proposal crafted by the Supreme Court that aims to strengthen the judiciary to combat corruption and abuse of..
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EU executive asks EU top court to suspend work of Poland's supreme court disciplinary chamber

The European Commission decided on Tuesday to ask the EU's top court to suspend the functioning of the disciplinary chamber of Poland's Supreme Court.
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Guinea-Bissau Supreme Court rejects challenge to presidential election result

Guinea-Bissau's Supreme Court on Sunday rejected a challenge against Umaro Cissoko Embalo's victory in last month's election run-off by the defeated candidate, who complained of fraud.
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Losing Guinea-Bissau presidential candidate contests results in court

The losing candidate in Guinea-Bissau's presidential election filed a Supreme Court challenge on Friday to former prime minister and ex-army general Umaro Cissoko Embalo's victory in a run-off, a court..
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UK court to decide if negligent hospital must pay for surrogate pregnancies in U.S.

The case of a woman who wants the London hospital responsible for her infertility to pay for four surrogate pregnancies in the United States reached Britain's Supreme Court on Monday.
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Maldives lawmakers dismiss Chief Justice and senior judge

Maldives lawmakers voted on Monday to dismiss the Chief Justice and a Supreme Court judge - a move the government said was part of an overhaul of the judiciary, but the opposition branded an attack on..
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U.S. Supreme Court divided on Mexican cross-border shooting dispute

Supreme Court justices appeared divided on whether to let foreigners bring civil rights lawsuits in U.S. courts as they considered a bid by a slain Mexican teenager's family to revive a lawsuit against..
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India detains users over inflammatory online posts after religious site ruling

Dozens of people in India have been detained on suspicion of publishing inflammatory social media posts and setting off celebratory firecrackers after the Supreme Court ruled to give a disputed..
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Former Brazilian president Lula leaves prison

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva emerged from prison on Friday, according to a Reuters witness, after a federal judge ordered his release following a landmark Supreme Court..
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Brazil judge orders ex-president Lula released from prison

A Brazilian judge ordered the release of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from prison on Friday, according to a court document, following a Supreme Court ruling ending the mandatory..
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U.S. Supreme Court weighs important environmental case from Hawaii

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday wrestled over whether a wastewater treatment plant in Hawaii is subject to a federal water law in an important environmental case, with justices on both sides..
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Polish court rejects one more bid by ruling nationalists to recount votes

Poland's Supreme Court will not consider one further demand from ruling nationalists Law and Justice (PiS) for vote recounts in some districts after a tight Senate election, a spokesman said on..
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Indian Muslims anxious as court prepares to rule on destroyed mosque

In the Indian town of Ayodhya, minority Muslims are feeling under siege as they await a Supreme Court ruling on a centuries-old religious dispute that has cast a shadow over their relations with the..
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Polish court rejects two more government recount bids

Poland's Supreme Court will not consider a further two demands from ruling nationalists Law and Justice (PiS) for vote recounts in some districts after a tight Senate election, a spokesman said on..
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'Revenge not our focus’: Aiia Maasarwe’s distraught father makes emotional plea

Supreme Court Judge Elizabeth Hollingworth said the murder showed 'utter contempt' for Aiia Maasarwe's life.
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Aiia Maasarwe's killer Codey Herrmann sentenced to 36 years in prison

Supreme Court Judge Elizabeth Hollingworth said the murder showed "utter contempt" for Aiia Maasarwe's life.
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U.S. Supreme Court to hear Trump appeal over rapid deportation dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court stepped into a new immigration dispute on Friday, agreeing to hear an appeal by President Donald Trump's administration of a lower court ruling that could frustrate a top..
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Catalan leader says to defend self determination right despite verdict

Catalan regional leader Quim Torra said on Tuesday his government would continue to defend Catalonia's right to self determination, a day after Spain's Supreme Court jailed nine separatist leaders for..
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Spain jails Catalan separatist leaders, sparking protests, clashes

Spain's Supreme Court on Monday jailed nine Catalan separatist leaders for between nine and 13 years for their role in a failed independence bid, a decision that triggered mass protests in the region..
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Barcelona airport train and metro access briefly blocked over separatist protests

Metro and train access to Barcelona's El Prat airport were briefly suspended on Monday over separatist protests after Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine independence leaders to years in jail.
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U.S. Supreme Court turns away Puerto Rico pension fund dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a dispute over the assets of Puerto Rico's largest public sector pension fund even as the U.S. Caribbean island territory's bankruptcy enters a..
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U.S. top court to hear Trump bid to revive law against encouraging illegal immigration

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a bid by President Donald Trump's administration to resurrect a federal law that makes it a felony to encourage illegal immigrants to come or stay in the..
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Apple CEO Cook opposes Trump, backs 'dreamer' immigrants in Supreme Court

Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday filed a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court opposing President Donald Trump's effort to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants..
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UK PM Johnson to update parliament on Supreme Court ruling

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address parliament later on Wednesday on the Supreme Court ruling that his suspension of parliament was unlawful - a decision he disagrees with, his..
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Britain's Gove says: we shall respect Supreme Court ruling

The British government respectfully disagrees with the Supreme Court ruling that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament was unlawful but the government will respect it, senior cabinet..
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UK PM Johnson acting like a "tin-pot dictator", says Labour's top lawyer

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has behaved like a "tin-pot dictator", the top legal adviser for the main opposition Labour Party said on Tuesday, after the country's Supreme Court ruled he had..
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Factbox: What is Britain's Supreme Court ruling all about?

Britain's Supreme Court will rule on Tuesday whether a decision by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to suspend parliament for five weeks in the run-up to Brexit was unlawful, potentially throwing his..
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UK's Johnson downplays Supreme Court case ahead of ruling

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to downplay the importance of a Supreme Court ruling expected to be delivered on Tuesday on whether he acted unlawfully by suspending parliament for five..
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Barclay says British government will abide by Supreme Court ruling on parliament suspension

British Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Thursday the conservative government will abide by the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on the parliament suspension ordered by Prime Minister Boris..
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Northern Irish activist joins other Brexit cases in Supreme Court

A Northern Irish rights campaigner whose case against Britain leaving the European Union without a deal was dismissed by Belfast's High Court last week succeeded on Monday in joining two other..
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Brazil Supreme Court chief says money laundering unit overreached

The Brazilian body that monitors money laundering overreached by acting without judicial approval when it uncovered suspicious deposits in the account of the son of President Jair Bolsonaro, the head..
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U.N. refugee agency regrets U.S. ruling on asylum applications

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday that it regretted the impact that a U.S. Supreme Court order to curtail asylum applications at the U.S.-Mexican border will have on asylum seekers..
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Mexico pushes back after top U.S. court favors Trump on shunning migrants

Mexico pushed back on Thursday against a U.S. Supreme Court ruling granting a Trump administration request to fully enforce a new rule curtailing asylum applications by immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico..
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Mexico rejects U.S. top court ruling on migration

Mexico took issue on Thursday with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling granting a Trump administration request to fully enforce a new rule curtailing asylum applications by immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico..
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Mexico rejects Supreme Court ruling on migration, wants no tensions with U.S.

Mexico's government on Thursday said it disagreed with a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court which granted a request by the Trump administration to fully enforce a new rule that would curtail asylum..
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U.S. Supreme Court allows Trump to deny asylum to many Central Americans

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request by President Donald Trump's administration to fully enforce a new rule that would curtail asylum applications by immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico..
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Supreme Court allows full enforcement of asylum crackdown

The U.S. Supreme Court granted a request by President Donald Trump's administration to fully enforce a new rule that would curtail asylum applications by immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, a key..
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Papua New Guinea prime minister's election faces court challenge

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to the election of Prime Minister James Marape on Sept. 20, a lawyer for opposition leader Patrick Pruaitch, who took the issue to court,..
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Brazil 'Car Wash' corruption probe facing 'worst moment' as establishment fights back

Brazil's biggest-ever corruption investigation, which jailed dozens including a former president, has been threatened over the past week by a Supreme Court ruling and push back from politicians seeking..
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John Setka's bid to stop the ALP kicking him out of the party dismissed

Controversial union boss John Setka's bid to stop the ALP kicking him out of the party has been dismissed by a Supreme Court judge.
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John Setka's legal fight against ALP thrown out

Controversial union boss John Setka's bid to stop the ALP kicking him out of the party has been dismissed by a Supreme Court judge.
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Algeria court detains former justice minister over alleged corruption

Algeria's Supreme Court on Thursday placed former justice minister Tayeb Louh in custody over alleged corruption under former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, state television reported.
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Disgraced cardinal George Pell arrives at court to receive appeal decision

Disgraced Cardinal George Pell has arrived at Victoria's Supreme Court for a decision on his appeal against his child sexual abuse conviction.
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George Pell arrives for appeal decision

Disgraced Cardinal George Pell has arrived at Victoria's Supreme Court for a decision on his appeal against his child sexual abuse conviction.
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India to ease clampdown in Jammu and Kashmir in next few days

India will lift restrictions on people's movements and communication links in Kashmir in the next few days, the federal government told the Supreme Court on Friday.
Reuters - Published

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