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European court to rule on right-to-die case

Strasbourg - Europe's human rights court will on June 5 rule on whether a man in a vegetative state can be taken off life support, a case that has ignited a fierce euthanasia debate in France, a spokesman said Thursday.

Impeachment call for Argentine 'moron' judges' child abuse ruling

Buenos Aires - Two Argentine judges faced mounting calls for their impeachment Tuesday after reducing a child abuser's sentence on grounds that the victim was a homosexual who had previously been abused by his father.

Guggenheim vs Guggenheim in French court over art treasures

Paris - The descendants of famous heiress and art collector Peggy Guggenheim on Tuesday went head to head in a French appeals court over her sumptuous collection of works housed in an 18th century palace on Venice's Grand Canal.

Baker found guilty in N. Ireland 'gay cake' case

London - A Christian bakery in Northern Ireland was on Tuesday found guilty of discrimination for refusing to bake a cake advocating gay marriage in a landmark legal case brought by local authorities.

11 Afghan police jailed over mob killing of woman

Kabul - Eleven Afghan policemen were Tuesday sentenced to one year in prison for failing to protect a woman who was lynched by a mob after being falsely accused of blasphemy, following a landmark fast-track trial.

Argentine court eases child abuser's punishment, blaming six-year-old

Buenos Aires - An Argentine appeals court has touched off protests by reducing the sentence of a man convicted of abusing a six-year-old boy, on grounds that the victim was a homosexual who had previously been abused by his father.

French police cleared over electrocution deaths

Rennes - A French court Monday cleared two police officers of failing to help two youths electrocuted in 2005, whose deaths led to three weeks of rioting in France's downtrodden suburbs.

17 alleged Burundi coup plotters appear in court: Lawyer

Bujumbura - Seventeen alleged coup plotters appeared before a prosecutor in Burundi on Saturday, their lawyer said, the day after the failure of an attempt to overthrow the country's president.

Judge's son to avoid jail time despite child porn conviction

Sydney - A man convicted of collecting a cache of child abuse, and the son of a prominent Australian legal family is likely to avoid jail time following a guilty plea to possessing child pornography.

U.S.-Mexico custody saga ends as girl, mom head to Texas

Los Reyes - A topsy-turvy international child custody saga ended when a Mexican judge allowed a teenager to travel to Texas with her mother, a month after sending the wrong girl to the United States.

Life sentences for killers of Austrian nun in S. Africa

Johanesburg - A South African court on Friday sentenced two men to life in jail for the rape and murder of an 86-year-old Austrian-born nun who was strangled with an electric typewriter cord.

Argentine judge to decide Sandra the orangutan's fate

Buenos Aires - An Argentine judge began hearing expert testimony this week to decide what to do with an orangutan named Sandra after another court ruled she was entitled to certain human rights, including the right to be freed from the Buenos Aires Zoo.

Putin critic Navalny spared prison time after tense hearing

Moscow - A Moscow court on Wednesday ruled against jailing leading opposition politician Alexei Navalny after the prison authorities asked for his suspended sentence to be turned into a custodial term.

Swedish Supreme Court rejects Assange appeal

Stockholm - Sweden's Supreme Court said Monday it had rejected an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange against his arrest warrant for alleged rape and sexual assault.

India court suspends Bollywood star Khan's jail term

Mumbai - Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's five-year prison sentence for killing a homeless man with his SUV after a night out drinking 13 years ago was suspended on Friday pending an appeal.

Ex-Guantanamo inmate Omar Khadr released on bail

Ottawa - A Canadian appellate court released former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr on bail Thursday, rejecting the government's attempt to keep him in prison while he fights a US conviction for murdering an American soldier.

U.S. appeals court rules NSA bulk data sweep illegal

Washington - A U.S. appeals court ruled Thursday that the National Security Agency's massive collection of phone records of Americans is illegal because it exceeds the scope of what Congress authorized.

Bollywood's Khan sentenced to 5 years in jail for hit-and-run

Mumbai - Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for killing a homeless man with his SUV in a 2002 hit-and-run after a night out drinking at an upmarket bar.Judge D.W.

Colombian ex-president Uribe defends jailed allies

Estanzuela - Colombian ex-president Alvaro Uribe vehemently defended several key allies Tuesday at the Supreme Court after a series of corruption and spying scandals that have been damaging for his Democratic Center party.

Microsoft told that Skype logo is too similar to Sky's

An EU court has ruled that Microsoft-owned video messaging software Skype's name and logo is too similar to that of broadcaster Sky, preventing Microsoft from trademarking the Skype branding and allowing Sky to pursue Microsoft for licensing if it wants.

Panama's Noriega to be tried for activist's disappearance

Panama - Panama's former strongman Manuel Noriega will face trial for the 1970 disappearance of a leftist union activist, his lawyer said Monday, the latest in a string of cases against the jailed ex-leader.

Panama top court okays corruption probe of ex-president

Panama - Panama's Supreme Court has authorized an investigation of former president Ricardo Martinelli for alleged corruption while in office from 2009 to 2014.

Turkey detains two judges over release order

Istanbul - Turkey on Friday was holding in detention two judges who issued a controversial release order that would have allowed the liberation from custody of dozens of opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the official Anatolia news agency reported.

Colombia's ex-intel chief jailed for domestic spying

Estanzuela - A Colombian former intelligence chief was jailed for 14 years on Thursday for spying on judges, journalists and opposition figures in a high-profile case that stained the legacy of popular ex-president Alvaro Uribe.

Bolivian's sentence for French couple's murder upheld

La Paz - A Bolivian court on Thursday upheld the 30-year prison sentence of a man convicted of killing a young French couple in 2010.

Turkey orders arrest of judges who sought release of Erdogan foes

Istanbul - Turkish authorities on Thursday issued arrest warrants for two judges in a legal standoff over an order to release 75 suspects detained on suspicion of plotting to overthrow Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports said.

Last Tokyo subway gas attack suspect jailed for life

Toukyo - The final suspect in the 1995 deadly nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway was jailed for life on Thursday, for his part in a crime that shocked the world.

Dutch UN commanders not liable for Srebrenica deaths: Court

Den Haag - A Dutch appeals court ruled Wednesday that three former UN commanders will not be prosecuted for the deaths of three Muslim men who were murdered after leaving a UN compound in Srebrenica in 1995.

Swedish court to hear Assange arrest warrant appeal

Stockholm - Sweden's Supreme Court said on Tuesday it will hear an appeal by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange against his arrest warrant for alleged rape and sexual assault.

Microsoft and Nokia Lumia phones violate patents, rules judge

An ITC judge has ruled that Lumia-branded Windows Phone smartphones built by Nokia and Microsoft violate patents held by licensing firm InterDigital. Microsoft plans to appeal but failure could lead to an import ban on Lumia phones in the US.
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