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UK's 'Fake Sheikh' sting journalist jailed for 15 months

London - British journalist Mazher Mahmood, better known as the "Fake Sheikh" who caught out a string of celebrities in tabloid stings, was on Friday jailed for 15 months for perverting the course of justice.

Brazil charges 21 over deaths in mine dam collapse: prosecutor

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian federal prosecutors announced homicide charges Thursday against 21 people, including senior mining executives, allegedly responsible for the deadly collapse of the Samarco iron-ore mine dam last year.

French trio jailed for Serbia toddler kidnap

Belgrade - Serbia jailed three French nationals Thursday for kidnapping a toddler from a Belgrade street in a bizarre bid to use her DNA in a family dispute.

Indonesian militants jailed over deadly Jakarta attack

Jakarta - An Indonesian Islamic State group supporter was jailed for 10 years on Thursday for helping make a bomb used in a deadly attack in Jakarta, as the country faces an increase in IS-linked assaults.

Calais camp demolition 'days' away after legal challenge fails

Lille - French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Tuesday the demolition of the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais would take place "within days" after a court rejected a last-ditch bid by charities to block it.

Mexican judge whose court handled cartel cases is killed

Mexico - A federal judge whose court has handled some cases related to drug cartels has been killed near Mexico City.Vicente Antonio Bermudez Zacarias was murdered in Metepec, a town in the State of Mexico, the Supreme Court said in a statement.

Russian student who followed IS lover to Syria faces 'terrorist' trial

Moscow - Police in bullet-proof vests guard a military court for the terrorism trial of Varvara Karaulova, a slim 20-year-old with braided hair who clutches a page of handwritten notes.

Dutch court upholds hate speech case against far-right MP Geert Wilders

Den Haag - A Dutch court on Friday upheld hate speech charges against anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, meaning his trial will now start later this month."The court rejects all the defence's objections," judge Hendrik Steenhuis told The Hague district court.

Facts about Thailand's royal defamation law

Bangkok - Thailand's monarchy is protected by one of the world's toughest royal defamation laws making any detailed discussion about the family's role all but impossible inside the kingdom.

Brexit battle hits High Court in challenge to PM May

London - The battle over Brexit reached the High Court on Thursday in a legal challenge to Prime Minister Theresa May's right to start negotiations for Britain to leave the EU without a vote in parliament.

Nearly 1,300 minors at Calais 'Jungle': charity

Paris - Nearly 1,300 minors are among thousands of migrants living in squalid conditions at the "Jungle" migrant camp soon to be demolished in northern France, a charity said Wednesday.

Dutch freeze court action against Pokemon Go makers

Den Haag - Dutch authorities said Tuesday they have suspended plans to sue the US makers of Pokemon Go after the company deleted its virtual pets from a protected beach in The Hague.

Erdogan files appeal in Germany over satire probe

Berlin - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed an appeal to contest a decision by German authorities to drop a probe into a TV comic who satirised him, local officials said Monday.

Former Rome mayor acquitted of tax fraud

Rome - An Italian judge on Friday acquitted former Rome mayor Ignazio Marino in a tax fraud case which could have seen him handed a three-year jail term.

German court rejects payout for Afghanistan air strike victims

Karlsruhe - Germany's highest court on Thursday rejected compensation claims by relatives of victims of an air strike in Afghanistan seven years ago that was called in by a German NATO commander.

'Nobody could have foreseen Srebrenica': Dutch court told

Den Haag - The Dutch state on Thursday appealed against a court ruling which found it liable for the deaths of over 300 Bosnians during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, saying nobody could have foreseen the massacre.

Malaysia frees Australia's 'Budgie Nine' after F1 stunt

Sepang - Nine Australian men who provoked anger in Malaysia by donning skimpy swimwear bearing the Muslim country's national flag at a Formula 1 race were released without charge Thursday.

Brazil's Lula faces new corruption charges

Bras - Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva faced new corruption charges Wednesday connected to a construction project involving his nephew in Angola, in the latest threat to his comeback hopes.

Hall of shame: five biggest stings by UK's Fake Sheikh

London - Undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood, who was found guilty on Wednesday in a case related to one of of his stings, was notorious for using his "Fake Sheikh" alter ego to lure famous figures into indiscretions.

Le Pen family feud back in French court

Paris - French far-right firebrand Jean-Marie Le Pen asked a court Wednesday to restore his place in the National Front, a year after he was booted out of the party in a feud with his daughter Marine.

German prosecutors drop probe into comedian's anti-Erdogan satire

Berlin - German prosecutors said Tuesday they have scrapped an investigation into a TV comedian for allegedly insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as the satire was so exaggerated it could not be taken seriously.

Tax fossil fuels or risk kids' future: US climate scientist

Miami - The planet's three most dangerous greenhouse gases are rising, and fossil fuels must be taxed to protect children from the costly turmoil of rising seas and extreme storms, world-renowned climate scientist James Hansen warned Tuesday.

Freed US reporter Jason Rezaian files lawsuit against Iran

Washington - A US journalist who was imprisoned in Iran for 18 months filed suit Monday against the Tehran government, claiming his detention was aimed at "extorting concessions" from the United States.

Cyprus orders plane hijacking suspect extradited to Egypt

Nicosia - A Cypriot court ruled on Friday that an Egyptian man accused of hijacking a plane and diverting it to Cyprus can be extradited to Cairo for his alleged crimes.

'Blood diamond' suspect dies in Belgian prison

Brussels - A US-Belgian businessman accused of enslavement and diamond trafficking during Sierra Leone's civil war has died in a Brussels prison, officials said on Thursday.

Brazilian court annuls police sentencings in prison bloodbath

S - A Sao Paulo court has thrown out convictions of police in the deaths of 111 prisoners during the suppression of a 1992 prison riot, drawing condemnation from rights groups Wednesday.

Spain court jails five over deadly Halloween stampede

Madrid - A Spanish court on Tuesday jailed five men over the stampede deaths of five young women at an overcrowded Halloween event they organised in 2012.

Sister of killed jihadist arrested in Belgium

Brussels - The sister of a jihadist killed in a terror raid in Belgium last year has been arrested and charged with terrorist activity, a prosecutor said on Monday.

Netanyahu sorry after comments on soldier accused of manslaughter

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologised Sunday after facing criticism for comments in which he seemed to compare a soldier currently on trial for manslaughter with troops killed in combat.

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".
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