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Putin foe Navalny pleads innocent in latest fraud trial

Moscow - One of the most popular critics of President Vladimir Putin, Alexei Navalny, pleaded innocent at the start Thursday of a trial for defrauding French cosmetics company Yves Rocher out of more than half a million euros."I do not admit guilt.

Amnesty slams US over civilian deaths in Afghanistan

Kabul - The families of thousands of civilians killed by American forces in Afghanistan have been left without justice or compensation, Amnesty International said Monday, in a damning indictment of the US military as it withdraws.

Long-lost Argentine grandson to testify before judge

Buenos Aires - The long-lost grandson of the leader of an Argentine rights group that fights to find babies stolen during the 1976-1983 dictatorship will testify before a judge investigating the case, officials said Thursday.

Ex-Haitian president faces corruption probe

Port-au-prince - Former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide is facing a money laundering, corruption and drug trafficking probe, officials said Thursday.

Argentine woman in emotional meeting with long-lost grandson

Buenos Aires - An elderly Argentine woman hugged her long-lost grandson for the first time Wednesday in an emotional meeting, thirty-six years after he was snatched by the country's then dictatorship.

Argentine vows to keep fighting after finding grandson

Buenos Aires - Her face aglow after finding her grandson 36 years after he was stolen by Argentina's military regime, activist Estela Carlotto vowed Wednesday to keep fighting to find hundreds of others still missing.

Decades later, Argentina activist finds stolen grandson

Buenos Aires - An Argentine grandmother whose rights group has fought to find babies stolen during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship finally found her long-lost grandson, 36 years after he was snatched from his mother.

Turkey detains 33 police in new wave of wire-tapping arrests

Istanbul - Turkish authorities on Tuesday detained dozens of police officers accused of illegally wire-tapping top officials including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a new wave of arrests just days ahead of presidential elections.

Russian opposition leader kept under house arrest

Moscow - A Russian court rejected Friday a request by prosecutors to jail top opposition leader Alexei Navalny who will remain under house arrest during a high-profile trial seen as politically motivated by his supporters.

Russia's role central to UK inquiry into Litvinenko death

London - Russia has a case to answer over the poisoning of former spy Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive tea in London, a British judge said Thursday, as he opened a public inquiry into the highly sensitive affair.

U.S. House of Representatives votes to sue Obama

Washington - The Republican-led House of Representatives voted Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly overstepping his powers, a move swiftly denounced by his Democratic allies as a cynical election-year stunt.

Zimbabwe police quiz minister over detained editor

Harare - Police in Zimbabwe have taken the unusual step of summoning the country's information minister for questioning in the case of a state newspaper editor charged with subversion.

Lethal injections face scrutiny after two-hour US execution

Washington - The US Supreme Court is under increasing pressure to consider halting death sentences by lethal injection after a convicted Arizona killer took two hours to die.

European court condemns Poland for hosting secret CIA prisons

Strasbourg - Europe's top human rights court condemned Poland on Thursday for hosting secret CIA prisons on its territory, saying Warsaw knowingly abetted unlawful imprisonment and torture of Guantanamo-bound detainees.

Condemned man's US execution takes nearly two hours

Phoenix - America's death penalty debate raged Thursday after it took nearly two hours for authorities in Arizona to execute a prisoner who lost a Supreme Court battle challenging the experimental lethal drug cocktail.

Britain to hold inquiry into ex-spy Litvinenko's death

London - Britain on Tuesday announced a public inquiry to identify those responsible for the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian spy who accused the Kremlin from his London deathbed of poisoning him with radioactive tea.

Deal reached over U.S. gynecologist who secretly taped patients

Washington - The health care affiliate of a top U.S. medical school is to pay $190 million to patients of a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped them, lawyers said.

FBI pushed Muslims to plot terrorist attacks: rights report

Washington - The FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a report published Monday.

Taiwan student facing firing squad over subway massacre

Taipei - Taiwanese prosecutors on Monday said they were seeking the death penalty for a man accused of killing four people and wounding nearly two dozen others in a stabbing spree on the Taipei subway that shocked the island.

AU hits back at 'skewed' world justice with African court

Addis Ababa - Complaining of bullying in the international justice arena, African leaders are forging ahead with plans to set up their own regional court -- and give themselves immunity in the process.

Sri Lanka jails killers of British tourist

Colombo - A Sri Lankan ruling party politician and three accomplices were Friday sentenced to 20 years in jai for murdering a British holidaymaker on Christmas Eve and raping his Russian partner.

Sri Lanka announces probe into military's alleged rights abuses

Colombo - Sri Lanka announced Thursday an investigation into its military over allegations of rights abuses, following intense international pressure for a war-crimes probe into the island's decades-long ethnic conflict.

Death penalty ruled unconstitutional in California

Los Angeles - A federal US judge ruled that the death penalty in California is unconstitutional, mainly because of the dysfunctional system which administers it.Opponents of capital punishment hailed the ruling by judge Cormac Carney as a landmark decision.

Apartheid assassin 'Prime Evil' refused parole in S.Africa

Pretoria - The most notorious assassin of South Africa's apartheid regime, a police colonel known as "Prime Evil", was refused parole Thursday after serving 20 years in prison.

African rulers unite on giving themselves immunity to war crimes

African leaders have banded together to vote in favor of immunity to war crimes for their administrations. If this goes through they would have a free license to commit atrocities in many areas.

Spanish princess appeals fraud charges

Madrid - Spanish King Felipe VI's sister Cristina appealed on Wednesday against tax and money-laundering charges that threaten to land her in an unprecedented criminal trial.

Chile creates DNA bank for Pinochet-era adoptions probe

Santiago - Chilean authorities have created a bank of DNA data to help investigate suspected illegal adoptions under the regime of dictator Augusto Pinochet, in power 1973 to 1990.

Faith trumps birth control in US Supreme Court ruling

Washington - Family-owned private companies can deny birth control coverage in their employee health care plans, the US Supreme Court said Monday in a ruling seen by some as a victory for religious freedom.

Local judge files corruption charges against Argentina VP

Buenos Aires - An Argentine judge filed corruption charges against Vice President Amado Boudou over his alleged role while he was finance minister in buying a company that printed local currency.

Canada's aboriginals win historic victory for rights

Montreal - Canada's Supreme Court recognized native groups' rights over a large swathe of land for the first time Thursday in western British Columbia province.
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