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Sepp Blatter mounts final FIFA ban appeal

Lausanne - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter began his final appeal Thursday against his six-year ban from football, in a long-shot quest for redemption after his career ended in scandal.

Russia jails leader of banned nationalist group

Moscow - A Russian court on Wednesday sentenced ultranationalist politician Alexander Belov, a former leader of a banned anti-immigration movement, to seven and a half years in prison for extremism and money laundering.

Brazil court rejects Rousseff request to annul impeachment session

Bras - Brazil's Supreme Court chief justice has rejected a request from suspended president Dilma Rousseff to annul the session at which senators voted to open an impeachment trial against her.

Top French court to examine burkini ban

Paris - A ban on the Islamic burkini swimsuit by several French towns will come before France's highest administrative court on Thursday, the tribunal said.

Argentine Supreme Court blocks Macri's gas price hike

Buenos Aires - Argentina's Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Mauricio Macri's move to slash natural gas subsidies, a much-hated policy that has sent customers' bills soaring.

Court upholds Venezuela opposition leader's 14-year sentence

Caracas - A Venezuelan court upheld the 14-year sentence of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on Friday, in a move likely to increase tension in the crisis-hit South American country.

Outcry in France as abused woman stays in jail

Melun - A French court on Friday refused to release a woman pardoned for killing her abusive husband, prompting an outcry over a case that has become a cause celebre.

India court lifts ban on large diesel cars in Delhi

New Delhi - India's top court Friday lifted a ban on the registration of new high-end diesel vehicles in New Delhi after carmakers said they had been left stranded with thousands of unsold SUVs.

UK court jails Turkish cocaine smugglers after £500 mn sting

London - Two Turkish drug traffickers caught with three tonnes of cocaine on a boat in the North Sea were on Friday jailed by a British judge for a combined total of 42 years.

Assange appeals European arrest warrant

Stockholm - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has appealed a Stockholm district court's decision to maintain a European arrest warrant against him over a 2010 rape allegation, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Teenage girl charged with planning attack in France

Paris - A French court on Monday remanded in custody a 16-year-old girl accused of planning a jihadist attack in a country on edge following a series of brutal terror assaults, a judicial source said.

Germany jails Yugoslav spy chiefs for life

Berlin - A German court Wednesday sentenced two former top Yugoslavian spies to life imprisonment for the 1983 murder of a dissident in then West Germany.

Bangladesh upholds death sentence for six militants

Dhaka - A Bangladesh court Thursday upheld the death sentence for six Islamist militants convicted over a suicide bombing in 2005 of a lawyer's office that killed eight people, a top prosecutor said.

Brazil fines Facebook $11.6 mn over WhatsApp standoff

Rio De Janeiro - A judge in Brazil slapped an $11.6 million fine on the local Facebook branch over the company's refusal to surrender data from its WhatsApp messenger program to a police investigation.

Reagan's would-be assassin to be released after 35 years

Washington - John Hinckley, who tried to assassinate president Ronald Reagan 35 years ago, is to be freed from a psychiatric hospital to live full-time with his mother, a federal judge ordered Wednesday.

11 jailed in Spain stamp scam, one of country's 'biggest frauds'

Madrid - Spain's top criminal court said Wednesday it had sentenced 11 former executives of stamp firm Afinsa to up to 12 years in jail for their role in a vast scam that ruined thousands of savers.

Suspects in murder of Kremlin critic Nemtsov face jury trial

Moscow - Five suspects in the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose killing unleashed global condemnation, will face a jury trial in Moscow, a court ruled Tuesday.

Hong Kong journalists jailed on mainland over 'illegal business'

Bejing - Two Hong Kong journalists have been jailed in China for running an "illegal business" that sent political magazines to the mainland, one of their lawyers said Tuesday, as Beijing cracks down on press freedoms in the semi-autonomous territory.

Venezuela first lady's nephews admitted drug smuggling: US

Washington - Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady admitted being part of a cocaine smuggling scheme in a US sting operation before their arrest last year, according to recently filed court documents.

French trial casts shadow over IMF chief Lagarde

Washington - Bad timing: IMF chief Christine Lagarde was in China for a meeting of the powerful G20 countries when the news came Friday that she would be put on trial back home in France over a state payout to a businessman in 2008.

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader appeals sentence

Caracas - Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez appealed his 14-year sentence during a marathon hearing that stretched into early Saturday, declaring himself innocent of inciting violence at anti-government protests in 2014.

IMF boss Lagarde to stand trial over $400 mn Tapie payout

Paris - IMF chief Christine Lagarde was ordered Friday to stand trial in France over a massive state payout to a colourful tycoon when she was French economy minister, dealing a setback to her stellar career.

Ruling due on whether IMF chief to face trial in France

Paris - IMF chief Christine Lagarde is to find out Friday whether she will stand trial in France over a massive state payout to tycoon Bernard Tapie when she was French economy minister nearly a decade ago.

Russian agent gets 10 years over export violations

Washington - A convicted Russian agent was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegally exporting advanced electronics with military applications.

Prosecutors appeal 'shockingly lenient' Pistorius sentence

Johanesburg - South African prosecutors said Thursday they would push for a longer sentence for Oscar Pistorius, describing his six-year jail term for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as "shockingly too lenient".

American gets life for quadruple murder in Czech city

Prague - A Czech court handed a life sentence to an American citizen Wednesday for killing four of his relatives and trying to burn their bodies while he was staying with them in 2013.

Brazil Supreme Court lifts WhatsApp blockage: court 

Bras - Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a lower court order blocking popular smartphone message service WhatsApp for refusing to hand data over to police.

Turkey detains judge from its top court in wake of failed coup: TV

Ankara - Turkey on Saturday detained a member of the country's top court after a bloody coup attempt aiming to oust the government, local media reported.

El Salvador throws out civil war amnesty law

Sansalvador - The Supreme Court in El Salvador has declared unconstitutional an amnesty law that protected perpetrators of crimes committed during the country's 1980-1992 civil war.

EU court split on headscarf bans

Luxembourg - The EU's top court faced a dilemma Wednesday after a top legal officer said it was discriminatory for a firm to tell an employee to remove a Muslim headscarf, contradicting an earlier opinion in a separate case.
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