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Brazil to end WhatsApp smartphone app blockage: Company

S - A Brazilian court will soon reverse a ruling that blocked smartphone message service WhatsApp for 24 hours, the company said Tuesday.

Spanish court recognises bullfighter is son of legendary matador

Madrid - A Spanish court said Tuesday it had officially recognised a popular matador as the illegitimate son of legendary bullfighter Manuel Benitez "El Cordobes", who had long denied being related to him.

Germany's 'sharia police' members to face trial: Court

Berlin - A group of German radical Islamists will face trial for forming "sharia police" street patrols that told people to stop drinking, gambling and listening to music, a court said Tuesday.

Court order shuts down WhatsApp in Brazil, again

S - Irate Brazilians found themselves without the popular WhatsApp smartphone messaging application for the second time in six months Monday, after a court blocked the service for 72 hours.

UK pair accused of giving cash to Brussels, Paris attacks suspect

London - Two people appeared in court in London on Friday accused of giving thousands of pounds to Brussels and Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini when he was in Britain last summer.

South Africa court rules Zuma should face almost 800 graft charges

Pretoria - South African President Jacob Zuma should face almost 800 corruption charges that were dropped in 2009, a judge said Friday, piling further pressure on the embattled leader.

S.Africa court to rule on Zuma corruption charges

Pretoria - A South African court will rule Friday on a bid to have more than 700 corruption charges reinstated against President Jacob Zuma, piling further pressure on the embattled leader.

Chile ordered to pay $2.7 million to 2010 tsunami victims

Santiago - A Chilean court ordered the government Thursday to pay $2.7 million to the families of 20 people killed by a devastating tsunami in 2010.

Ex-US House speaker gets 15 months, admits sex abuse

Washington - Former US House speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison Wednesday for paying hush money related to the sexual abuse of a teen boy he coached in high school.

Former Myanmar monk protest leader sentenced to six months

Yangon - A former leader of Myanmar's 2007 monk protests against the then-ruling junta said Tuesday he had been sentenced to six months in prison with hard labour on an immigration charge, in a case slammed by rights groups as politically motivated.

Dirty laundry snares head of Spain's 'Clean Hands'

Madrid - The head of a Spanish anti-corruption group that championed several high-profile cases over the past two decades, including one against Princess Cristina, now finds himself under investigation for extortion.

Life sentences for 2 men who plotted IS-inspired shootings in UK

London - Two men who plotted drive-by shootings in London of targets including soldiers and police and were inspired by the Islamic State group received life sentences at a British court Friday.

Turkey court overturns scores of 'coup plot' convictions

Istanbul - Turkey's highest appeals court on Thursday overturned scores of convictions over an alleged coup plot against the government of then prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Breivik prison conditions to remain unchanged for now: warden

Oslo - Prison conditions for Anders Behring Breivik will remain unchanged for now, the prison warden said Thursday, one day after a court ruled that Norway violated the mass murderer's human rights.

Australian TV crew fly home after Beirut kidnap deal

Sydney - An Australian television crew accused of helping a mother kidnap her two children from their father in Lebanon were flying home Thursday amid reports of a multi-million dollar deal struck with him to drop abduction charges.

Australian TV crew fly home after Beirut kidnap deal

Sydney - An Australian television crew accused of helping a mother kidnap her two children from their father in Lebanon were flying home Thursday amid reports of a multi-million dollar deal struck with him to drop abduction charges.

Australian TV crew fly home after Beirut kidnap deal

Sydney - An Australian television crew accused of helping a mother kidnap her two children from their father in Lebanon were flying home Thursday amid reports of a multi-million dollar deal struck with him to drop abduction charges.

States must end disputes peacefully at UN's highest court: Ban

Den Haag - UN chief Ban Ki-Moon said Wednesday states should seek a peaceful end to disputes at the International Court of Justice, as the UN's highest tribunal marked 70 years of global decision-making.

Australian mother, TV crew freed on bail in Lebanon abduction case

Birut - An Australian woman and four journalists accused of kidnapping her children from their Lebanese father in Beirut were released on bail Wednesday after he dropped the charges against them.

Top German court strikes down key parts of anti-terror law

Karlsruhe - Germany's highest court on Wednesday struck down key planks of an anti-terror law, saying they violated privacy protections enshrined in the constitution.

India accused of flipflop on Koh-i-Noor diamond

New Delhi - India's government has said it will make "all possible efforts" to get back the Koh-i-Noor diamond, part of the British Crown Jewels, sparking accusations of a u-turn after the solicitor general said the priceless gem was given to Britain.

Blow to Yukos claimants as Dutch quashes $50 bln award

Den Haag - Russia won a major legal victory Wednesday when a Dutch court overturned a ruling awarding a record $50 billion in damages to the former shareholders of the now-dismantled Russian oil giant Yukos.

Mass murderer Breivik wins lawsuit over 'inhuman' treatment

Oslo - Norwegian mass murderer and self-proclaimed Nazi Anders Behring Breivik on Wednesday won his lawsuit against the state over his "inhuman" solitary confinement in prison.

Portugal ex-cop wins appeal in Maddie McCann libel case

Lisbon - A Portuguese ex-policeman who headed the probe into the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann has won his appeal in a libel battle with her parents, overturning a verdict that saw him ordered to pay out huge damages, the court said Tuesday....

MH17 families mulling lawsuit against Malaysia Airlines

Den Haag - Dozens of families of those killed when a missile shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine two years ago are considering suing the carrier for compensation, their lawyer told AFP Tuesday.

Norway court to rule on Breivik lawsuit Wednesday

Oslo - A Norwegian court said it will deliver its verdict Wednesday on a lawsuit brought by mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik over what he says are his "inhuman" prison conditions.

Germany rules fathers cannot be forced to take paternity tests

Karlsruhe - Children in Germany cannot force a man they believe to be their father to take a DNA test to prove their paternity, the country's highest court ruled Tuesday.

Ultra-Orthodox Jew convicted over Jerusalem Gay Pride stabbings

Jerusalem - An Israeli court on Tuesday convicted an ultra-Orthodox man of murder and six counts of attempted murder over stabbings at a Jerusalem Gay Pride parade last year that killed a 16-year-old girl.

Ringleader in 2014 burning alive of Palestinian teen ruled sane

Jerusalem - An Israeli court ruled Tuesday that a Jewish man found to be the ringleader of the beating and burning alive of a Palestinian teenager in 2014 was sane and responsible for his actions.

India says Koh-i-Noor diamond belongs to Britain

New Delhi - A priceless diamond that is part of the Queen Mother's Crown was given to Britain and not stolen, India's government on Monday told the Supreme Court, which is hearing a suit seeking its return.
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