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Pakistan arrests top official for forgery in Sharif graft case

Islamabad - The chairman of Pakistan's financial regulator was arrested Friday, accused of forging documents in a corruption case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that has gripped the country.

Roses, tears as Thai ex-PM Yingluck enters final stage of case

Bangkok - Toppled Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was mobbed Friday by well-wishers, many bearing red roses, as she arrived for what could be the final hearing in a trial for criminal negligence that carries a 10-year jail term.

Azerbaijan jails Russian-Israeli blogger for three years

Bakou - Azerbaijan on Thursday sentenced a Russian-Israeli travel blogger who wrote in support of Armenian separatists to three years in jail for visiting the disputed territory of Nagorny Karabakh.

Nigeria court orders forfeiture of ex-oil minister's luxury $37.5m property

Lagos - A Nigerian court has ordered the temporary forfeiture a $37.5 million property belonging to the country's ex-oil minister, with prosecutors alleging it was bought with ill-gotten funds.

Supreme Court: grandparents, grandkids exempted from Trump travel ban

Washington - The Supreme Court dealt President Donald Trump's government a fresh setback Wednesday, saying its controversial travel ban cannot be applied to grandparents and other close relatives of people living in the United States -- for now.

Polish parliament adjourns vote on contested court reform

Varsovia - Polish lawmakers suspended their debate on a controversial reform to the Supreme Court until Wednesday, after the leader of the governing party unleashed a diatribe against the opposition.

Polish president suggests compromise over court reforms

Varsovia - Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday made a surprise compromise bid over controversial court reforms, as thousands of protesters took to the streets.

Europe watchdog voices fears over Polish court reforms

Strasbourg - Europe's top rights watchdog expressed fears Tuesday over Poland's controversial court reforms, which critics warn will end judicial independence and undermine democracy.

Court orders Russia to pay Dutch 5.4 mln euros for Greenpeace ship

Den Haag - Russia must pay 5.4 million euros ($6.25 million) in damages to the Netherlands for the 2013 seizure of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise ship during an oil drilling protest, international judges revealed Tuesday.

Court orders Kremlin foe Navalny to pay up over graft case

Moscow - A Moscow court on Tuesday ordered opposition leader Alexei Navalny and two other defendants to pay 2.2 million rubles ($37,000) in legal compensation, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.

Lithuania to extradite $100 mn email fraud suspect to US

Vilnius - A Lithuanian man who allegedly swindled $100 million (87 million euros) from tech giants Google and Facebook must be extradited to the United States, a court ruled on Monday.

Russian court confirms Jehovah's Witnesses ban

Moscow - Russia's Supreme Court Monday confirmed a ban on Jehovah's Witnesses, labelled by authorities as an "extremist organisation".

Thousands rally against court reforms in Poland

Varsovia - Chanting democracy slogans, several thousand people rallied in Warsaw on Sunday in demonstrations against controversial new court reforms they see as a threat to judicial independence.

Polish senate passes controversial new court reforms

Varsovia - Poland's senate on Saturday adopted two controversial judicial bills, which the opposition claims is yet another step by the conservative majority towards undermining the separation of powers.

US judge pauses quest to block sale of Toshiba chip unit

San Francisco - A California judge put on hold Friday a request by Western Digital to block the sale of Toshiba's chip division, suggesting a more collaborative order.

Angry Dutch take govt to court over gas field quakes

Den Haag - Angry Dutch residents dragged the government to the country's highest court Thursday over gas extraction in Europe's largest gas field, which has triggered damaging tremors in the area for years.

Poland's governing conservatives seek to control Supreme Court

Varsovia - Poland's governing conservatives tabled a bill in parliament on Thursday that would subjugate the Supreme Court to executive power, in a move the liberal opposition slammed as "the announcement of a coup".

Spanish judge schedules Dali exhumation for July 20

Barcelona - A Spanish judge has scheduled the exhumation of the remains of Salvador Dali on July 20, the artist's foundation and a court said Thursday, although this date may change if an appeal is accepted.

Top Europe court upholds ban on full-face veil in Belgium 

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld a Belgian ban on wearing the full-face niqab veil in public, calling the restriction "necessary in a democratic society".

Top Europe court upholds ban on full-face veil in Belgium 

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld a Belgian ban on wearing the full-face niqab veil in public.

Indian man pleads guilty to financing Qaeda imam Awlaki

Washington - One of four men arrested for sending thousands of dollars to the late Al-Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki pleaded guilty Monday to supporting terrorists and plotting to kill the US judge in the case.

Ex-leader of Italy's anti-immigrant Northern League convicted of fraud

Rome - An Italian court on Monday jailed Umberto Bossi, founder and former chief of the anti-immigrant and anti-EU Northern League, for over two years after finding him guilty of fraud while he led the party.

Britain's arms exports to Saudi 'lawful': court

London - Britain's High Court ruled on Monday that UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia are not unlawful, after campaigners argued the weapons were used to violate international humanitarian law in bombing Yemen.

Leopoldo Lopez, Venezuela's opposition leader

Caracas - Leopoldo Lopez, who was placed under house arrest Saturday after more than three years in prison, heads the radical wing of the Venezuelan opposition.

S.Africa set for ICC ruling for failing to arrest Bashir

Den Haag - War crimes judges will rule Thursday if South Africa flouted international law by failing to arrest Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, wanted for trial on charges of genocide in Darfur.

French gay couples win key surrogacy battle

Paris - French gay couples with children born to foreign surrogate mothers won a key victory Wednesday, with the country's highest appeals court ruling that the partner of the biological father could adopt his child.

Indian guru's body to stay in freezer, says court

New Delhi - An Indian court Wednesday allowed disciples of a spiritual guru to preserve his body in a freezer, as they believe he is in a deep state of meditation and will return to life.

Forced retirement at 65 for pilots is valid, EU court says

Luxembourg - A European Union law that forces passenger airline pilots to retire at 65 is valid, the EU's top court said on Wednesday.

EU urges Slovenia and Croatia to 'implement' high seas ruling

Strasbourg - The European Commission on Tuesday asked Slovenia and Croatia to "implement" a ruling that gave Ljubljana key access to international waters off the Croatian coast, a decision rejected by Zagreb.

Venezuela military court jails 27 students: NGO

Caracas - A Venezuelan military court jailed 27 students accused of "rebellion" in anti-government protests, a non-governmental watchdog said Tuesday.
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