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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.

US Supreme Court appears split on gay marriage

Washington - The US Supreme Court appeared divided Tuesday on whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed, as it weighs a potentially historic decision that could see gay marriage legalized nationwide.

Tennessee gay couple's date with history

Memphis - Thom Kostura and Ijpe DeKoe are married in New York, but not in Memphis, where they now live. Next week they are going to try to fix this -- for themselves and all gay Americans.

'Batman' theater gunman to go on trial

Centennial - Opening statements will finally begin Monday in the long-awaited trial of James Holmes, the allegedly crazed gunman accused of opening fire in a packed Batman movie premiere in 2012, killing 12.

Guantanamo ex-inmate granted bail in Canada, May release likely

Ottawa - A Canadian court on Friday granted bail to former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, who was 15 when he was captured on an Afghan battlefield in 2002 and sent to the US jail in Cuba.The Canadian government, however, said it would appeal the bail decision....

Belgian bishop told to pay damages to victim of paedophile priest

Brussels - A Belgian court on Thursday ordered the Archbishop of Brussels to pay 10,000 euros in damages to a former choir boy subjected to sexual abuse by a priest.

Russian court upholds firing of teacher for being gay

Saint Petersburg - A Russian court has thrown out a complaint from a gay teacher in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg against her dismissal for "immoral" behaviour, a gay rights advocacy group said Thursday.

'Flash Crash' trader to appear in London court

London - A British trader accused of contributing to a US stock market crash and fraudulently making $40 million in high-frequency trading from his modest London home was due to appear in court on Wednesday.

Mauritania jails senior Al-Qaeda figure

Nouakchott - A senior Al-Qaeda leader accused of planning attacks on the United States, Europe and Australia has been jailed for 20 years in Mauritania for "terrorist activities", a judicial source said on Tuesday.

U.S. couple jailed over 'sadistic' Bali suitcase murder

Denpasar - A U.S. man and his teenage girlfriend were given long jail terms Tuesday for the "sadistic" murder of her mother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase outside a luxury hotel on Indonesia's Bali island.

Argentina court throws out case against Kirchner again

Buenos Aires - An Argentine prosecutor again rejected a case against President Cristina Kirchner for allegedly protecting Iranian officials accused of orchestrating a deadly 1994 bombing.

U.S. govt sued over sea turtles snared in shrimp nets

Miami - Tens of thousands of endangered sea turtles die every year in the United States when they are inadvertently snared in shrimp nets, an environmental group alleged in a lawsuit filed against the government.

Nina Ricci heiress gets prison term for tax fraud

Paris - A Paris court on Monday sentenced Nina Ricci's heiress to a year in prison and handed her a million-euro fine for tax fraud, in the first ruling against a famous figure in the SwissLeaks scandal.The court said Arlette Ricci, 73, had hidden some 18.

Kenya 'grass cutter' gang rapists jailed for 15 years

Nairobi - A Kenyan court convicted three men on Monday for the brutal gang rape of a schoolgirl, boosting their original punishment of being made to cut grass to 15 years in jail, her legal team said.

Italy soul-searches after deadly court shooting

Rome - Italy debated Friday whether a deadly court shooting in which a man on trial for bankruptcy pulled out a gun and shot a judge and two others dead was a symptom of deeper social ills.

Spain court rejects 'frivolous' paternity suit against ex-king

Madrid - Spanish judges rejected as "false and frivolous" a paternity suit against Spain's ex-king Juan Carlos by a woman claiming to be his daughter, court documents revealed Thursday.

Spain upholds W.Sahara genocide case against Moroccans

Madrid - A Spanish judge Thursday upheld genocide charges against 11 Moroccan ex-officials accused of killings and torture in Western Sahara -- a penultimate step towards calling them to trial.

Italy rocked by deadly court shooting

Milan - An armed man on trial for bankruptcy fraud gunned down a judge and lawyer in a Milan court Thursday in an attack which left three dead and sent shockwaves through Italy.

Court convicts ex-Satyam chief of fraud in 'India's Enron' case

Hyderabad - An Indian court on Thursday convicted the former chief of outsourcing giant Satyam and his aides over a $2.25 billion accounting fraud scandal dubbed "India's Enron", the prosecutor said.

Five Kenyans, one Tanzanian held over university massacre: Court

Nairobi - A Nairobi court on Tuesday ordered five Kenyans and a Tanzanian to be detained for 30 days while police investigate possible connections to last week's university massacre.

Bangladesh Islamist loses final appeal against hanging

Dhaka - A Bangladeshi Islamist leader on Monday lost his final appeal against a death sentence for overseeing a massacre during the 1971 independence war, a move which clears the last legal hurdle to his execution.

U.S. jury orders Chrysler to pay $150 mn over boy's death

Washington - A U.S. jury ordered automaker Chrysler to pay $150 million to the family of a four-year-old boy who was killed when their Jeep exploded into flames, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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