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ALLIANCE, relationship. The union or connexion of two persons or families by marriage, which is also called affinity. This is derived from the Latin preposition ad and ligare, to bind. Vide Inst 1, 10, 6; Dig 38, 10, 4, 3; and Affinity.

ALLIANCE, international law. A contract, treaty, or league between two sovereigns or states, made to insure their safety and common defence.
     2. Alliances made for warlike purposes are divided in general into defensive and offensive; in the former the nation only engages to defend her ally in case he be attacked; in the latter she unites with him for the purpose of making an attack, or jointly waging the war against another nation. Some alliances are both offensive and defensive; and there seldom is an offensive alliance which is not also defensive. Vattel, B. 3, c. 6, Sec. 79; 2 Dall. 15.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Dan Capalana reproaches to the Civic Alliance Party: "the fact that they didn't define clearly their ideological and political orientation" (evading the fact that it was just "the adoption of a rigid ideology" which was rejected at the establishment) and also some decisional factors' lack of political experience (especially the one behind-the-scene!!), in comparison with some old parties' political experience." (Dan Capalana is right in this matter; the Civic Alliance Party never took advantage of some unfair circumstances.
The Thirdway Alliance party proposal for a referendum has been approved by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
The Socialist Popular Alliance Party responded to the sentence in a statement saying that all members of the Ministry of Interior that participated in the killing of Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh, by giving orders and participating in the dishonesty surrounding the incident, should be tried.
Alliance Party councillor for the area, Neil Kelly, said: "There has been a very troubling spate of pipe bomb incidents in the town in recent months.
But nobody - not even in the Alliance Party - expected the result which represented an unbelievable 22.9 per cent swing in support.
During the last week of November, 2003, the family issues critic of the then Alliance Party, Larry Spencer, MP for the Regina-Lumsden riding in Saskatchewan, gave an interview to Peter O'Neill of the Vancouver Sun which cost him his position.
Who knows how to calibrate politics any more when the leader of the Tory Party is elected with a promise to reject amalgamation with the Alliance party and accomplishes the amalgamation before year's end.
The Ulster Unionist Party, nationalist SDLP, Sinn Fein, loyalist Progressive Unionists, cross community Alliance Party and the Women's Coalition fielded teams of two negotiators and a notetaker.
The Finnish MEP and left alliance party member Esko Seppanen has said that Finland is being pushed towards NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) without the public getting a say in the matter.
NORTHERN Ireland's Alliance Party last night confirmed a number of its Assembly members will re-designate themselves as Unionists in a bid to save the Good Friday Agreement.
THE centre-ground Alliance party in the north last night threw a lifeline to the doomed Assembly.
The non-sectarian Alliance Party was heading to Stormont for talks with the nationalist SDLP and Sinn Fein.

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