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Indian protestor's death fuels fresh tension in Gujarat state

Ahmedabad - A court in Gujarat ordered an inquiry Friday into the death of a protestor in police custody, in a case that could further exacerbate tensions in the Indian prime minister's home state.

'Get out': Life sentences for U.S. cinema shooter

Centennial - James Holmes was ordered out of a Colorado courtroom in shackles to begin serving consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole for shooting dead 12 people in a packed "Batman" movie premiere.

FARC rebel pleas guilty to taking U.S. hostages in 2003

Washington - A former FARC rebel pleaded guilty Wednesday in US court to taking three US citizens hostage in Colombia in 2003.

Former Guatemalan dictator to face genocide retrial

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan court ruled Tuesday that former dictator Efrain Rios Montt must face retrial for genocide during the country's civil war, but ordered it take place behind closed doors because he has dementia.

New Ferguson judge orders major court changes

Washington - A Ferguson, Missouri judge has ordered sweeping reforms to the city's court system five months after a scathing US Justice Department report following the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Russia must compensate Dutch over Greenpeace ship: court

Den Haag - Russia must compensate the Netherlands over the 2013 seizure of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise ship during a protest against Arctic oil drilling, an international court ruled on Monday.

Steenkamps adamant Pistorius deliberately killed their daughter

Sydney - Reeva Steenkamp's devastated parents remain adamant Oscar Pistorius deliberately killed their daughter, telling Australian television their life has been ruined and they are not ready to talk to the Paralympian.

Google ordered to remove links to stores on right to be forgotten

In a request that has been widely criticised online, the UK has ordered that Google remove links to online news stories that are about it removing links to stories because of right to be forgotten requests. The confusing ruling has not pleased Google.

Azeri prosecutors demand nine-year sentence for reporter

Bakou - Prosecutors in ex-Soviet Azerbaijan on Friday demanded a nine-year jail term for a top investigative journalist, in a graft trial activists say is revenge for her reporting on high-level corruption.

Steenkamp family hails move to block Pistorius release

Johanesburg - The family of Reeva Steenkamp has welcomed the South Africa's surprise decision to block the release of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who is serving a five-year prison sentence for her murder.

Senegal court upholds graft conviction against ex-president's son

Dakar - Senegal's supreme court on Thursday upheld a graft conviction and six-year jail term against Karim Wade, the son of Senegal's ex-president Abdoulaye Wade, in a blow to his own presidential aspirations.

Chile to try former secret police for diplomat's death

Santiago - Fifteen former members of Chile's dictatorship-era secret police must stand trial for the 1976 kidnapping and killing of a Spanish diplomat, the country's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

South Africa unexpectedly suspends release of Oscar Pistorius

Johanesburg - South Africa has put the release of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius on hold, saying a decision to free him on Friday after serving only 10 months in prison for killing his girlfriend had been premature.

Guatemala's ex-despot Rios Montt has dementia: Doctors

Guatemala City - Guatemala's former dictator Efrain Rios Montt has dementia, doctors said Tuesday at a hearing to decide if he is fit to face retrial for genocide during the country's civil war.

Apple could lose $500m as patent in Samsung lawsuit ruled invalid

The United States Patent & Trademark Office has ruled that a patent held by Apple on the design of the iPhone 3GS is actually invalid. The decision will prove critical in the company's lawsuit against Samsung, alleged to have infringed on Apple's patents.

Turkey's Alevis hail 'historic' court decision on prayer houses

Istanbul - Turkey's Alevi community on Tuesday hailed a Supreme Court ruling on the funding of their prayer houses as a historic decision bringing Turkey's biggest minority faith more closely in line with other beliefs.

Former pro-Putin Internet troll wins lawsuit against ex-employer

Sanktpeterburg - A Russian court on Monday ordered a secretive pro-Putin "propaganda factory" to pay symbolic damages to an employee who sued them in a bid to expose the workings of the Kremlin's online army.

Austrian paper sued over wrong photo of Germanwings co-pilot

Vienna - Court proceedings opened Monday against an Austrian newspaper for publishing a photo of a German man wrongly identified as the co-pilot who deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane in the French Alps in March.

Trump reports for jury duty in New York

New York - Flamboyant billionaire White House candidate Donald Trump reported for jury duty in New York on Monday, stepping out of a sleek black limo to be mobbed by media and supporters.

Prosecutors appeal Pistorius verdict, seek murder conviction

Pretoria - South African prosecutors on Monday filed an appeal calling for Paralympian star Oscar Pistorius to be convicted of murder for killing his girlfriend -- just days before he is due to be released from prison.

Bangladesh sentences six to jail for deadly children's medicine

Dhaka - A Bangladesh court sentenced six senior employees of a drug company to jail Monday for making toxic paracetamol syrup that doctors say killed hundreds of children in the 1990s, a prosecutor said.

No date yet for verdict in U.S. reporter spy trial: Iran

Tehran - The trial in Iran of jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian on spying charges has yet to end, Tehran's justice department chief said Sunday, days after the journalist's lawyer said proceedings were over.

Four Frenchmen jailed in Dominican Republic for drug running

Santo Domingo - Four Frenchmen have been sentenced to prison terms of 20 years for drug trafficking in the Dominican Republic, a punishment a French official said Saturday was "very heavy.

Ex-Russian army chief sentenced to 5 years for graft

Moscow - A Moscow military tribunal on Friday sentenced the former commander of Russia's land forces Vladimir Chirkin to five years in jail for taking a bribe, a court spokesman said.

Indonesia school staff freed after abuse convictions quashed

Jakarta - A Canadian and an Indonesian jailed for sexual abuse at an elite Jakarta international school walked free from prison Friday to an emotional reception from supporters after unexpectedly being cleared.

Azerbaijan slaps lengthy jail terms on activist couple

Bakou - A court in Azerbaijan on Thursday sentenced a prominent rights activist couple to hefty jail terms in a move decried as politically motivated.

Russia's top court upholds decree to classify army losses

Moscow - Russia's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Kremlin decree to classify troop deaths during peace time, seen as an attempt to cover up Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis.

U.S. state of Connecticut overturns death penalty

New York - The highest court in Connecticut overturned the death penalty as unconstitutional on Thursday, saving 11 prisoners on death row from execution in the northeastern US state.

Chile jails 14 officers for death of Pinochet henchman

Santiago - Chile's Supreme Court jailed a group of 14 Uruguayan and Chilean army officers Tuesday for kidnapping and killing a top agent of late dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime in order to silence him.

UK court dismisses Rwandan spy chief extradition case

London - A court in Britain dropped a controversial extradition case against Rwanda's intelligence chief on Monday, leaving him free to return home.
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