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April 22, 2016

German high court rules surveillance program partially unconstitutional. The German Federal Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that the Federal Criminal Police (BKA) has an unconstitutional amount of leeway regarding mass surveillance and third-party data transfers. The ruling requires the BKA to circumscribe its method of operation by June 2018, granting a small victory to critics who have likened the federal police force to the U.S. FBI.
Jordanian parliament to consider increased powers for king. On Monday, the Jordanian cabinet endorsed a set of constitutional amendments and sent them to the lower house of parliament. In addition to relaxing the requirements to hold public office, the amendments would give King Abdullah II the sole power to appoint the crown prince, deputy king, constitutional court members, and paramilitary force chief.
Indian Supreme Court considers whether a Hindu temple can ban women. The Indian Young Lawyers' Association has filed suit against the Sabarimala temple, which prohibits the entry of women aged 10-50. In oral arguments, the Supreme Court Justices did not allow claims related to Hindu tradition and doctrine, instead focusing on whether the practice violates the constitutional guarantee of gender equality, or is protected by the right of religious organizations to manage their own affairs.
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