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Britain prepares to open its first Supreme Court


Britain ready to open its first Supreme Court

They've ditched the wigs and hung up their ermine-trimmed robes. Now Britain's most senior judges are preparing to leave the House of Lords, moving from Parliament's upper chamber to a dedicated Supreme Court in a major upheaval of Britain's unwritten constitution. The new Supreme Court opens Oct. 1, when the Law Lords — a dozen senior judges who currently sit as members of Parliament's House of Lords and serve as the country's highest court of appeal — make a formal procession across London's Parliament Square to their new courthouse home to deliver on a government promise to separate the country's judicial and legislative powers. Justices appointed in future will not be members of Parliament and will have no link to the House of Lords.


French closer to work on Sundays

France's lower house of parliament on Wednesday approved a bill to allow more stores to stay open — and more people to work — on Sundays. The bill now goes to the Senate for debate. The measure allows shops in three of France's largest metropolitan areas — Paris, Marseille and Lille — to open on Sundays. Employees would have the choice to refuse Sunday working hours, and employers must pay those who agree to work double overtime. Shops in another 500 towns and villages deemed to be of "tourist interest" could also open, but without the need to pay employees double overtime.


11 people are killed in bomb attacks

A suicide bomber on Wednesday killed six people, including an Iraqi policeman, in an attack on security forces in Ramadi, a former insurgent stronghold in Iraq's western Anbar province. The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber driving a minibus who struck a checkpoint of Iraqi soldiers and police, killing a policeman and five civilians, said a local police officer. Another five people were killed Wednesday evening in Baghdad's Sadr City district when a bomb hidden in a plastic bag exploded close to a big tent that was being used for a funeral service.


India: A court in Indian-run Kashmir ordered the arrest of four police officers Wednesday for allegedly destroying evidence in the rape and murder of two women that triggered violent protests last month.

Pakistan: Fighting between government troops and militants in the restive Swat Valley left up to 14 dead on Wednesday.

Times wires

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