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New appeal revives case against Argentine president

Buenos Aires - Argentine prosecutors launched a new appeal Tuesday of a court's decision to dismiss their case against President Cristina Kirchner for allegedly protecting Iranian officials accused of orchestrating a deadly 1994 bombing.

Singapore teen in court over anti-Lee Kuan Yew video

Singapore - A Singaporean teenager arrested after posting an expletive-laden YouTube video attacking the country's late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity was charged Tuesday with jailable offences including obscenity and hurting religious feelings.

Court clears Argentina president in Iran 'cover-up'

Buenos Aires - An Argentine appeals court on Thursday upheld the decision to dismiss a case against President Cristina Kirchner on accusations that she shielded Iranian officials from prosecution over a 1994 Jewish center bombing.

Prince Charles secret letters to be made public

London - Britain's top court on Thursday ruled that secret letters from Prince Charles to government ministries should be published, in a potential setback for the monarchy seen as a victory for media freedoms.

US Army charges ex-POW Bergdahl with desertion

Washington - The US soldier who was held by insurgents for five years after disappearing from his post in Afghanistan has been charged with desertion and "misbehavior before the enemy," officers said.

Myanmar protesters defiant at court hearing

Yangon - Angry relatives gathered outside a Myanmar court Wednesday to show support for dozens of activists, arrested after a police crackdown on a student-led protest and facing charges that could see them jailed for nearly a decade.

Amanda Knox faces extradition battle if Italy upholds murder conviction

Rome - Italy's top court will review American Amanda Knox's conviction Wednesday in the gory murder of a British student, potentially opening the door to a fierce extradition battle in a case that has riveted the world.

Ex-tennis star Bob Hewitt guilty of raping girls in S. Africa

Johanesburg - Australian-born former tennis Grand Slam champion Bob Hewitt was found guilty Monday in South Africa of raping and assaulting young girls whom he was coaching in the early 1980s.

French comic Dieudonne fined for anti-Semitic comments

Paris - A French court on Thursday fined Dieudonne 22,500 euros ($24,000) for anti-Semitic comments, the second time in two days the French comic has been convicted for his controversial remarks.

Thai former PM Yingluck to face trial over rice scheme

Bangkok - Thailand's former premier Yingluck Shinawatra was Thursday ordered to stand trial on charges of negligence over a bungled rice subsidy scheme, in a case that could see her jailed for up to a decade.

Myanmar jails New Zealander over Buddha 'insult' ad

Yangon - A New Zealand bar manager and his two Myanmar colleagues were jailed for two and a half years with hard labour by a Yangon court Tuesday for using a Buddha image to promote a cheap drinks night.

New Zealander faces Myanmar court verdict over Buddha ad

Yangon - A New Zealand bar manager accused of insulting religion in Myanmar by using an image of the Buddha to promote a cheap drinks night was set to face the court's verdict on Tuesday.

Germany says Muslim teachers can wear headscarf unless disruptive

Berlin - Germany's top court said Friday that Muslim teachers can wear the Islamic headscarf in class as long as it doesn't disrupt school activities, in a ruling likely to revive emotional debate.

Spanish court dismisses paternity suit against ex-king

Madrid - The Spanish Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a paternity suit against the former king of Spain, Juan Carlos, by a Belgian woman claiming to be his daughter, a judicial source said.

Lawsuit challenges legality of NSA online snooping

Washington - A lawsuit filed Tuesday by the operator of Wikipedia and other organizations challenges the US government's mass online surveillance programs, claiming that tapping into the Internet "backbone" is illegal.

Israel court to hear battle over Schindler papers

Jerusalem - Forty years after his death, a legal battle is playing out in Jerusalem over documents belonging to Oskar Schindler including personal copies of the lists of Jews he saved from the Holocaust.

Four Frenchmen on trial in D.Republic for drug running

Santo Domingo - Four Frenchmen accused of trying to fly dozens of suitcases packed with cocaine from the Dominican Republic to France went on trial Monday in Santo Domingo alongside 10 alleged accomplices.

Petraeus to plead guilty to spilling secrets to mistress

Washington - Former American military commander and CIA chief David Petraeus will plead guilty to illegally providing classified secrets to his mistress, a dramatic fall from grace for a general once lauded as a war hero.

Egypt brands Hamas a 'terrorist' group

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Saturday branded the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas a "terrorist" group over its alleged links with jihadists behind deadly attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.

Turkish model faces jail term for 'insulting Erdogan'

Ankara - A former Miss Turkey beauty queen faces up to 4.5 years in prison on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the latest in a growing number of such cases, reports said Wednesday.

US jury orders Palestinians to pay over Jerusalem attacks

New York - A US jury on Monday found Palestinian authorities liable for six attacks in Jerusalem that killed and injured Americans, awarding victims and their families more than $218 million in damages.

German court halts eviction of 76-year-old smoker

Berlin - A German court ruled Wednesday that a 76-year-old smoker, facing eviction over the smoke and stench of full ashtrays emanating from his home, can stay in his apartment for now.

Woman forced by court to write letters to ex who beat her

A domestic abuse victim was told she had to write her attacker, her ex, letters while he is in prison, or face possible jail time.

U.S. contractor wants Abu Ghraib lawsuit scrapped

Alexandria - A US defense contractor that provided interrogators to Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq sought to have a federal judge dismiss a lawsuit because its employees were working under military control in wartime.

Four Chilean ex-military arrested for Pinochet-era murders

Santiago - A Chilean judge ordered the arrest of a retired general and three other ex-military officers for alleged roles in the murders of 12 people under former dictator Augusto Pinochet, authorities said Friday.

Norway banishes 'hate preacher' to remote village

Oslo - A court in Oslo on Monday authorised police to banish Iraqi Kurd "hate preacher" Mullah Krekar to a remote Norwegian village.The mullah, 58, who has been living in Norway since 1991, founded the radical Islamist group Ansar al-Islam.

China cult pair executed for McDonald's killing: court

Yantai - A father and daughter who belonged to a fringe Chinese religious group were executed Monday for beating a woman to death at a McDonald's restaurant, reportedly after she rebuffed their attempts to recruit her.

Egypt court rules Hamas armed wing 'terror group'

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, declaring it a "terrorist" group.

Police gunfire killed Sydney siege victim: inquest

Sydney - Ricochets from police gunfire killed one of the two hostages who died in a 16-hour siege at a central Sydney cafe in December, an inquest into the deadly stand-off heard on Thursday.

Ex-CIA officer in leak case found guilty of espionage

Washington - A former CIA officer was convicted of espionage charges for having leaked to a New York Times journalist classified details of a secret operation to thwart Iran's nuclear program.
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