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S. African court throws out Malema corruption case

Johanesburg - A South African judge on Tuesday threw out a corruption case against firebrand politician Julius Malema after three years of delays, giving a major boost to President Jacob Zuma's fiercest critic.

Kosovo's parliament votes in favour of war crime court

Pristina - Kosovo's parliament on Monday amended the constitution to allow the creation of a special EU-backed court to examine war crimes allegedly committed by ethnic Albanian guerrillas during the 1998-1999 war.

Hong Kong bra protest after woman jailed for 'breast assault'

Hong Kong - Dozens of activists including men wearing bras staged a protest in Hong Kong on Sunday after a woman was sentenced to three-and-a-half months' jail for assaulting a police officer with her breast.

India hangs 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts plotter Yakub Memon

Mumbai - India executed convicted bomb plotter Yakub Memon on Thursday for conspiring in the nation's deadliest attack, a series of blasts that killed hundreds in Mumbai more than two decades ago.

India president and supreme court reject clemency for 1993 bombings plotter

New Delhi - India's president and supreme court rejected last-ditch pleas to stay the execution of Yakub Memon over his role in the country's worst-ever attack, clearing the way for him to be hanged on Thursday, the Press Trust of India reported.

Top Croatian court scraps ex-PM's jail sentence

Zagreb - Croatia's constitutional court said Monday it had abolished a jail sentence against former prime minister Ivo Sanader in one of several corruption cases against him and ordered a retrial.

Maritime court to hear Italy-India shooting dispute

Berlin - A Germany-based international tribunal said Monday it would open hearings next month on a deadly 2012 maritime incident that sparked a diplomatic dispute between Italy and India.

Critics fear Pacific trade deal favours big business over states

Sydney - With the end game in sight to what could be the world's most ambitious trade deal, critics fear a controversial mechanism to protect investors will strengthen the hand of big business while eroding national sovereignty.

Fury after Bollywood star says death row bomber innocent

New Delhi - Bollywood superstar Salman Khan urged India's top court Sunday to spare the life of a convicted bomb plotter due to be hanged this week, declaring him innocent and sparking a political furore.

Reporter who accused Azeri leader of corruption goes on trial

Bakou - A top Azerbaijani investigative journalist and anti-graft campaigner, who accused the country's president of corruption, went on trial Friday on charges she denounced as politically motivated.

French court summons Le Pen over gas chamber comments

Paris - Veteran far-right French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen will appear in court over comments made in April in which he repeated that "gas chambers were a detail" of World War II.

Russia jails nationalist leader for life over lawyer murder

Moscow - A Russian court on Friday sentenced a nationalist leader to life imprisonment for organising a string of hate killings including the shooting of a prominent rights lawyer in broad daylight.

Korean Air 'nut rage' victim sues in New York court

Seoul - The Korean Air chief steward ejected from a flight by a senior airline executive in a now infamous "nut rage" incident has filed a lawsuit in New York demanding compensation for assault and emotional distress.

Russia begins treason case against ex-military engineer

Moscow - A Russian court on Wednesday began hearing a treason case against a former military engineer who is accused of giving away state secrets to a Swedish company in a letter seeking employment.

Myanmar accused 'seen on Thai beach where Brits were murdered'

Ko Samui - Two Myanmar nationals accused of killing a pair of British holidaymakers in Thailand were seen on CCTV playing guitar near the crime scene, a court heard Wednesday, as their lawyer decried a lack of retestable DNA evidence to bolster the defence case.

Feathers fly as French cockfighting lands in top court

Paris - France's top court will this month rule on cockfighting, an ancient blood sport that continues in some French regions despite being banned in most parts of the world.

Mumbai bomb plotter on death row loses final appeal

New Delhi - India's top court on Tuesday rejected a final appeal by Yakub Memon, a key plotter of bomb attacks that killed hundreds in Mumbai in 1993, paving the way for his execution.

Italy breaches human rights by blocking gay marriage: European court

Strasbourg - A European court ruled Tuesday that Italy breached the human rights of three gay couples by refusing them marriage or any other recognised form of union. "The legal protection currently available to same-sex couples in Italy ...

Silicon Valley unites to defend Samsung against Apple patent case

Several Silicon Valley technology companies have stepped up to help Samsung win its ongoing patent dispute with Apple. The group has filed a "friend of the court" letter to help argue Samsung's case. Apple claims that it infringed on multiple patents.

'Batman' theater gunman faces sentencing, three years on

Los Angeles - "Batman" theater gunman James Holmes will be back in court Wednesday to face sentencing, a week after his conviction over the 2012 massacre that left 12 dead and 70 more injured in Colorado.

Islamic group fundraiser faces U.S. terror charges

Washington - An alleged fundraiser for a violent extremist group that supports the so-called Islamic State faced terrorism charges in US court Monday.Irfan Demirtas, also known as Nasrullah, was arrested in January and extradited from Germany on Friday.

Ripping CDs and DVDs is now illegal once more in the UK

The UK High Court has once again banned the copying of CDs and DVDs for personal use just nine months after it was made legal. After a successful challenge from the music industry, the law will now be reverted to its former status.

Former FIFA VP awaited in New York court

New York - Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, extradited to the United States as part of a massive soccer corruption scandal, is to appear in court later Saturday, federal prosecutors in New York said.

TV streaming should be treated like cable operators: U.S. judge

In a landmark ruling for the world of TV broadcasting and streaming, a U.S. judge has ruled that one streaming company could be entitled to a license that would let it transmit the copyrighted content of other broadcasters over the Internet.

Cambodian property tycoon charged over TV star assault

Phnom Penh - Cambodia on Saturday charged and detained a wanted property tycoon over the assault of a popular TV actress after a video of the vicious attack sparked widespread anger and calls from the premier to give himself up.

Seven Mexican prison officials charged over Guzman escape

- Seven prison officials from the Mexican jail where drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped were charged over the affair and taken to a federal detention center Friday, authorities said.

Burkina MPs seek treason trial against ousted leader

Ouagadougou - Lawmakers from Burkina Faso's interim parliament adopted a resolution asking the High Court to put deposed leader Blaise Compaore on trial for "high treason" and violating the constitution.

'Batman' massacre gunman James Holmes guilty of murder

Centennial - A US jury found "Batman" theater gunman James Holmes guilty of first-degree murder over the 2012 massacre that left 12 dead and 70 more injured in Colorado.

Leading Azerbaijan rights activist goes on trial

Bakou - Prominent Azerbaijani rights activist Leyla Yunus and her husband went on trial Wednesday on charges of committing economic crimes that the couple say are politically motivated.

'Batman' massacre trial hinges on gunman's sanity

Centennial - Jurors will begin deliberating Wednesday whether accused "Batman" theater gunman James Holmes was sane when he cold-bloodedly opened fire on a packed Colorado cinema three years ago.
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