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Court urged to drop 'political trial' against Dutch anti-Islam MP

Schiphol - Lawyers for Dutch far-right MP Geert Wilders on Friday urged judges to drop an upcoming hate speech case against the controversial politician, slamming it as a "political trial".

Indian court clears pair over Scarlett Keeling killing

Panaji - Two Indian men were cleared Friday of the rape and homicide of 15-year-old British schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling whose bruised and semi-naked body was found on a Goa beach eight years ago.

Bid to prosecute Dutch Srebrenica commanders thrown out

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday dismissed a claim that Dutch commanders should be prosecuted for failing to prevent the deaths of three victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

Turkey jails 45 students over 2012 anti-Erdogan protest

Ankara - A Turkish court jailed 45 students Tuesday over a 2012 protest against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at an Ankara university when he visited to celebrate a satellite launch, state media reported.

Somalia slams Kenya for dragging out maritime border row

Den Haag - Somalia accused Kenya on Tuesday of unnecessarily prolonging a battle over lucrative Indian Ocean oil and gas reserves, saying "both impoverished nations" had an interest in swiftly resolving the dispute.

British activist found guilty in Thai defamation trial

Bangkok - A British activist was found guilty of criminal defamation and breaching Thailand's strict computer laws and given a three-year suspended jail sentence, his lawyer said on Tuesday, over a report on labour abuses in the kingdom's lucrative fruit sector....

Somali border claims 'absurd, hurtful', Kenya tells top UN court

Den Haag - Kenya on Monday rebuked Somalia for dragging it before the UN's top court to defend a maritime border dispute that could decide the fate of potentially lucrative Indian Ocean oil and gas reserves.

Fake 'jihadists' fined over Cannes film fest stunt

Grasse - The three organisers of a publicity stunt featuring fake jihadist attackers who sparked panic during the Cannes Film Festival were fined 2,500 euros ($2,800) on Friday.

US judge denies request to delay Trump University trial

Los Angeles - A US federal judge denied a request for a five-week delay by Donald Trump's attorneys in a trial over whether the Republican presidential candidate's now-defunct Trump University had fleeced customers.

Trial opens over Corsica 'burkini' clashes

Bastia - Five men went on trial in Corsica on Thursday over a mass beach brawl on the French Mediterranean island last month that reportedly began after tourists took pictures of Muslim bathers.

South African prosecutors bid to extend Pistorius sentence

Johanesburg - Prosecutors in South Africa said Thursday they would launch a new legal push for a tougher sentence for Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius, who was jailed for six years for murdering his girlfriend.

Dutch court stubs out plan to stop smokers' corner in cafes

Den Haag - A Dutch court Wednesday threw out a case brought by anti-cigarette campaigners seeking to force the government to close down public spaces reserved for smokers in some cafes and bars.

Zimbabwe protest leader freed on bail before planned demos

Harare - Zimbabwe's high court on Wednesday ordered the release on bail of protest leader Promise Mkwananzi ahead of mass anti-government demonstrations planned later this week.

Three French women charged over terror plots

Paris - Three women arrested after a foiled plot to blow up a car packed with gas canisters near the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris were charged with terror offences on Monday and remanded in custody, the prosecutor's office said.

Polish right-wing downplays visit from European rights watchdog

Varsovia - Legal experts from a European rights watchdog on Monday arrived in Poland to check up on a longstanding feud between the constitutional court and the governing conservatives, who have downplayed the two-day visit.

IMF boss Lagarde to go on trial in France on December 12

Paris - IMF chief Christine Lagarde will go on trial in France on December 12 over a massive state payout to tycoon Bernard Tapie when she was finance minister, the court hearing the case said Monday.

French women and youth in court over alleged terror plots

Paris - Three French female radicals arrested on suspicion of planning further attacks after a failed bid to blow up a car in Paris were taken to court to be charged on Monday, prosecutors said.

Ex-Auschwitz medic, 95, goes on trial in Germany

Berlin - A 95-year-old former medical orderly at the Auschwitz death camp went on trial in Germany on Monday, accused of more than 3,600 counts of accessory to murder.

Russia's $3bn court case against Ukraine scheduled for January

Moscow - Britain's High Court will next year hear a case Moscow has filed against Ukraine over a $3 billion eurobond loan, a deputy finance minister said Thursday."The court hearing has been set for 17-20 January.

Madonna loses custody war for son with ex-hubby Ritchie

New York - Pop diva Madonna has settled a bitter custody dispute with former husband Guy Ritchie, agreeing for their teenage son to stay in Britain with his filmmaker father, a US court says.

Pokemon Go 'is blasphemous', Indian court told

Ahmedabad - Pokemon Go is blasphemous and should be banned, an Indian court was told Wednesday, because it rewards religious vegetarians with virtual eggs.

Venezuela high court blocks legislature's bills

Caracas - Venezuela's Supreme Court has ruled the opposition-controlled legislature's bills are "null and void" because it swore in three lawmakers accused of electoral fraud.

French burkini ban maintained in Corsican village

Bastia - An administrative court on the French island of Corsica refused Tuesday to lift a burkini ban that was introduced following a mass brawl on a beach, saying it was justified on public order grounds.

Zambia court throws out election result challenge

Lusaka - Zambia's constitutional court on Monday threw out an attempt by the defeated presidential candidate to annul August's election results, clearing the way for President Edgar Lungu's inauguration next week.

Gazans, NGO question Israeli charges against aid worker

Jabaliya - His company is accused of helping to divert millions of dollars in funds to Hamas, but Gaza businessman Saqer Alatar insists he barely knows the NGO worker at the centre of the storm."I only know what he looks like.

Bomb attack at Pakistan court kills 13, injures dozens

Mardan - At least 13 people were killed and more than 50 wounded after a suicide bomber attacked a court in the Pakistani city of Mardan Friday, police said, the latest assault targeting Pakistan's legal community.

Thai kingpin jailed for Rohingya trafficking

Bangkok - A Thai man accused of masterminding the smuggling and trafficking of Rohingya migrants fleeing Myanmar has been jailed for 35 years, a court said Thursday.

Dotcom wins right to live-stream appeal against US extradition

Wellington - Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom was on Tuesday granted his wish to live-stream his bid to avoid extradition to the United States where he is wanted on online piracy charges.

Dotcom wins right to live-stream appeal against US extradition

Wellington - Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom was on Tuesday granted his wish to live-stream his bid to avoid extradition to the United States where he is wanted on online piracy charges.

Dotcom wins right to live-stream appeal against US extradition

Wellington - Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom was on Tuesday granted his wish to live-stream his bid to avoid extradition to the United States where he is wanted on online piracy charges.
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