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Spanish PM pushes for new laws after latest graft scandal

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday pushed for the rapid adoption of new laws aimed at tightening political party accounting rules, after his health minister resigned in the latest in a string of corruption scandals.

'Miss Honduras' murder suspects back in court

Tegucigalpa - The suspected killer of Honduras' Miss World contestant and her sister appeared in court Wednesday, along with three alleged accomplices.

Spanish health minister quits over graft scandal

Madrid - Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato resigned on Wednesday after being linked to a massive corruption scandal involving an alleged kickback scheme at the heart of the prime minister's conservative Popular Party.

U.S. man freed after 36 years in jail, guilt in doubt

Los Angeles - A 68-year-old man was released from prison in California after 36 years behind bars, following a judge's ruling casting doubt on his murder conviction. Michael Hanline was found guilty in 1978 of killing motorcyclist J.T.

Dutch teen remanded after mum rescues her from Islamic State militants

Maastricht - A blonde, blue-eyed Dutch 19-year-old who was rescued by her mother after marrying an Islamic State fighter in Syria, was ordered Friday to be detained pending possible terror charges.

Malaysian diplomat denies sexual assault in New Zealand

Wellington - A former Malaysian diplomat in New Zealand accused of sexual assault denied the charge and elected a trial by jury when he appeared in court Friday.

WikiLeaks' Assange loses appeal against Swedish arrest warrant

Stockholm - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday lost his appeal against a Swedish arrest warrant over alleged sex crimes, the latest setback in a four-year legal battle.

Spanish prosecutors to take legal action against Catalan president

Madrid - Spanish prosecutors said Wednesday they will take legal action against Catalan president Artur Mas after he went ahead with a symbolic independence referendum in defiance of a court injunction.

Canadian charged over 1980 Paris synagogue bombing

Paris - A Canadian academic was charged on Saturday over the deadly 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue after losing his six-year legal battle against extradition over the notorious attack.

Canadian charged over 1980 synagogue bombing in Paris

Paris - A Canadian academic was charged in Paris on Saturday over the deadly 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue, his lawyer said.

At Guantanamo, force-feeding shrouded in secrecy

Guant - Behind the barbed wire of Guantanamo Bay prison, hunger-striking inmates are routinely force-fed, a practice defended by officials as necessary medical treatment but labeled by critics as torture.

Canada to extradite accused Paris bomber to France  

Ottawa - Canada's top court refused Thursday to hear a university professor's final plea to halt his extradition to France, effectively ensuring he will face trial for the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue.

Russia postpones final hearing on shutdown of top rights NGO

Moscow - Russia on Thursday postponed a final hearing on dissolving the country's most prominent rights group that chronicles Stalin-era repressions and defends activists, a case condemned by supporters as part of a crackdown on civil society.

Catalonia presses ahead with independence vote despite court

Barcelona - The government of Spain's wealthy Catalan region put itself on a collision course with Madrid Tuesday by vowing to press ahead with a symbolic independence vote this weekend despite a court-ordered block.

Volleyball woman jailed in Iran declares hunger strike

London - A British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran after trying to watch a volleyball match is on a hunger strike, refusing food or liquids, her brother told AFP.

Bangladesh court upholds top Islamist's death sentence

Dhaka - Violence broke out in Bangladesh on Monday after the country's highest court upheld the death sentence of an Islamist party leader convicted of committing war crimes, including mass murder, during the 1971 independence conflict.

British-Iranian volleyball woman gets one year in jail

Tehran - A Tehran court has jailed for one year a British-Iranian woman who was arrested after trying to attend a volleyball match, a decision that left her family in shock Sunday.

U.S. judge says nurse can leave home in Ebola row

New York - A U.S. judge ruled that a nurse quarantined by her home state after treating Ebola patients in Africa could leave home and frequent public places, saying she was not infectious.

French magazine fined for comparing minister to monkey

Paris - The head of a French far-right satirical magazine was fined 10,000 euros ($12,500)on Thursday after his publication compared the country's black justice minister to a monkey.

Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to hang for war crimes

Dhaka - A Bangladesh court on Wednesday sentenced to death the leader of the country's largest Islamist party for war crimes, a long-awaited verdict that triggered violent protests by his supporters.

Malaysian envoy bailed on New Zealand sex charge

Wellington - A Malaysian diplomat extradited to New Zealand to face an attempted rape charge was granted bail on Tuesday after his lawyer denied he fled the country under the cloak of diplomatic immunity.

Malaysian envoy due back in N.Z. on sex charge: report

Wellington - A Malaysian military attache who sparked outrage when he invoked diplomatic immunity to escape a sex charge in New Zealand will arrive in Wellington to face court on Saturday, reports said.

Top south Indian politician freed on bail

New Delhi - A powerful south Indian film-star turned-politician, jailed last month for corruption, was freed on bail Saturday and drew a jubilant reception from supporters.

Judge sets 3-mn-euro bail for ex-IMF head in credit card scandal

Madrid - A Spanish judge on Thursday ordered ex-IMF head Rodrigo Rato to pay a three-million-euro bond as a court probes allegations that former bank bosses spent millions on nightclubs, safaris and other treats using company credit cards.

Vlad the impaled: Femen militant fined for stabbing Putin waxwork

Paris - A Ukrainian member of the Femen movement was slapped with over 6,000 euros ($7,300) in fines on Wednesday for impaling a wax statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin with a stake, while bare-breasted, in a Paris museum.

Russia rights group calls state legal attack an 'insult'

Moscow - Russia's most prominent rights group Memorial on Saturday called a legal assault on their organization an "insult", warning it could seriously disrupt their work.

China 'cult' members sentenced to death for McDonald's killing

Yantai - A Chinese court has sentenced to death two members of a fringe religious group for beating a woman to death at a McDonald's restaurant, reportedly after she rebuffed their attempts to recruit her.

Belgium Islamist 'no different to Pussy Riot', trial hears

Brussels - A hardline Islamist accused of inspiring dozens of young Belgians to fight jihad in Syria is no different from feminist activists Femen and Pussy Riot, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

US Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in more states

Washington - Same-sex couples will soon be able to wed in up to 30 US states after the Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider -- for now -- a nationwide ruling on the divisive issue.

Baby Doc's victims vow to fight on despite his death

Port-au-prince - Victims of Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier's brutal former Haitian regime vowed on Sunday that his sudden death would not rob them of a chance to seek justice for his crimes.
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