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Swiss 'tax spy' goes on trial in Germany

Berlin - A Swiss man accused of spying on German officials who were hunting tax cheats goes on trial in Frankfurt on Wednesday, in a convoluted case that has strained ties between Bern and Berlin.Daniel M.

Gaming giant Crown faces misconduct claims in Australia

Sydney - Australian gambling powerhouse Crown is facing a raft of explosive allegations, including slot machine tampering and avoiding money-laundering scrutiny after whistleblower accounts were tabled in parliament Wednesday.

France to impose instant fines for street harassment of women

Paris - A new law banning cat-calling and harassment of women on French streets will see men fined on the spot for lecherous and aggressive behaviour, France's women's minister said Monday.

UK scientist pleads guilty to 137 online sex abuse charges

London - A British scientist pleaded guilty Monday to 137 criminal offences involving online abuse, including encouraging the rape of a four-year-old boy, the National Crime Agency said in a statement.

Italian fugitive Battisti: Extradition from Brazil 'illegal'

Rio De Janeiro - Convicted killer-turned author Cesare Battisti believes his extradition to Italy from Brazil would be illegal and would endanger his life, he told AFP in an interview.

S.Africa court clears way for Zuma graft prosecution

Johanesburg - South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ruled on Friday that President Jacob Zuma can face prosecution on almost 800 charges of corruption relating to a 1990s arms deal.

'Gross mistakes' in run up to Berlin Christmas attack

Berlin - An investigation into a jihadist truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market pointed Thursday to a catalogue of "gross mistakes" by security services in the lead-up to the deadly attack.

New York, London police investigating Weinstein amid fourth rape allegation

New York - The case against Harvey Weinstein took on an international dimension Thursday, with police in New York and Britain launching investigations -- while a fourth woman accused the movie mogul of rape.

All 4 siblings of Marseille killer arrested, two freed

Tunis - All four siblings of Ahmed Hanachi, who stabbed two young women to death in the French city of Marseille, have been arrested in recent days, authorities in three countries said.

Suspect practised before Kim Jong-Nam murder, court told

Shah Alam - One of the women on trial for murdering the North Korean leader's half-brother was filmed on CCTV apparently practising on another person two days before the assassination, a court heard Tuesday.

Former 'Mr Germany' on trial for shooting police officer

Halle - A former "Mr Germany" suspected of belonging to the loosely-organised far-right "Reichsbuerger" movement appeared in court in eastern city Halle Monday, facing charges of attempted murder after a gunfight with police officers.

Kim Jong-Nam murder trial visits lab to view tainted clothes

Petaling Jaya - The trial of two women accused of murdering the North Korean leader's half-brother moved Monday to a high-security Malaysian laboratory to view clothing worn by the defendants and contaminated by a nerve agent.

Brother of Marseille attacker arrested in Italy

Rome - A brother of Ahmed Hanachi, the Tunisian national who stabbed to death two young women in the French city of Marseille in early October, has been arrested in Italy, local police said.

Philippines to start extradition process for NY plotter: minister

Manila - A Filipino suspect in a thwarted jihadist plot targeting New York's subway and Times Square will face legal proceedings seeking his extradition to the United States, the Philippine justice secretary said on Sunday.

Danish police find decapitated head of Swedish journalist

Copenhagen - Danish police said Saturday that divers had recovered the decapitated head and the legs of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who vanished in August while interviewing a Danish inventor aboard his homemade submarine.

Eleven hurt after car crashes near London museum

London - Eleven people were injured on Saturday when a car mounted the pavement and ploughed into pedestrians near London's Natural History Museum, leading to the driver's arrest on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Op-Ed: Nasty Amazon delivery scam, and it can cost you money

A very unkind Amazon delivery scam is spreading like a disease. It’s used to trick both Amazon and Amazon customers, and it’s being used by Amazon resellers. Be aware and be very wary.

3 charged over makeshift gas canister bomb in Paris

Paris - French prosecutors have charged three men in connection with a makeshift explosive device made of gas canisters placed inside an apartment block in western Paris, a judicial source told AFP on Saturday.

Cardinal George Pell arrives for court hearing on sex abuse charges

Melbourne - A frail-looking Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell, a top advisor to Pope Francis, arrived for a second court appearance Friday as he fights sexual abuse charges that he strongly denies.
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