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U.S. Courts' Role in Foreign Feuds Comes Under Fire

As courts in the United States hear more lawsuits over disputes beyond the country’s borders, government officials and legal scholars are saying that the trend is creating a situation rife with diplomatic pitfalls and the Bush administration is complaining that it is hampering the fight against terrorism. The examples in recent weeks have been many, and the sums involved large. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ordered Iraq to pay nearly $1 billion to American soldiers captured and tortured in the first gulf war, and another ordered Iran to pay $313 million to the children of an American woman killed in a 1997 suicide bombing at a Jerusalem market. A Scottish woman offended by a Holocaust memorial that would disturb human remains at a Nazi death camp in Poland sued in New York to stop construction. Full Story

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