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Germany to clear gays convicted under Nazi-era law

Berlin - The German government Wednesday approved plans to quash the convictions of 50,000 men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law which remained in force after the war, and offer compensation.

German gays loved with 'one foot in prison'

Berlin - Fritz Schmehling was just a teenager when he was convicted in 1957 under a Nazi-era law against gays that remained on the books for decades after the war.

Germany to clear gays convicted under Nazi-era law

Berlin - Germany is expected Wednesday to approve quashing the convictions of 50,000 men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law which remained in force after the war, and offer compensation.

Supreme Court nominee on Trump: 'No man above the law'

Washington - President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, stated repeatedly at his confirmation hearing that "no man is above the law," as senators grilled him on his willingness to take on the nation's commander in chief.

Haiti ex-president Aristide's convoy comes under fire

Port-au-prince - The motorcade of ex-Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide came under fire in the capital Monday after he appeared as a witness in a money laundering case, his lawyer said.

Guatemala asks Interpol to watch out for war crimes suspect

Guatemala City - Guatemala on Saturday asked Interpol to be on the lookout for a lawmaker accused of war crimes dating back to its 1960-1996 civil war.

Do US self-defense laws trigger more crime?

Washington - When Curtis Reeves shot to death a fellow movie spectator who threw popcorn at him, the police veteran reignited a heated debate in the United States over when self-protection is a legitimate defense.

New York mayor avoids charges, moves toward re-election

New York - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio bolstered his bid for re-election after federal and state prosecutors decided not to charge him in corruption investigations.

Police foil 'sensational' IS attack in Istanbul: report

Istanbul - Turkish police on Thursday detained two suspected members of the Islamic State group who were allegedly planning a "sensational attack" similar to the massacre at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's night, state run media reported.

Police foil 'sensational' IS attack in Istanbul: report

Istanbul - Turkish police on Thursday detained two suspected members of the Islamic State group who were allegedly planning a "sensational attack" similar to the massacre at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's night, state run media reported.

Police foil 'sensational' IS attack in Istanbul: report

Istanbul - Turkish police on Thursday detained two suspected members of the Islamic State group who were allegedly planning a "sensational attack" similar to the massacre at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's night, state run media reported.

Bald New Zealand killer wins toupee lawsuit

Wellington - A convicted murderer and child molester in New Zealand won a lawsuit Thursday arguing prison authorities breached his rights by confiscating a toupee he used to disguise himself when fleeing the country.

Russia runs up cyber score against US with Yahoo, election hacks

Washington - US charges that Russia's FSB security service was behind the hacking of Yahoo underscored a worrisome run of successes in Moscow's cyber-efforts against its longtime rival.

US charges two Russian spies in massive Yahoo cyberattack

Washington - Two Russian intelligence agents and a duo of hackers were indicted Wednesday over a data breach that compromised 500 million Yahoo accounts in one of the largest cyberattacks in history.

LuxLeaks whistleblowers get reduced sentences

Luxembourg - A Luxembourg court on Wednesday gave reduced sentences on appeal to two "Luxleaks" whistleblowers convicted of leaking thousands of documents that revealed tax breaks for multinational firms.

Taiwan lesbian ordered to pay back groom

Taipei - A judgement against a gay woman who married a man because of pressure from her family has sparked criticism in Taiwan as the island moves closer to legalising same-sex marriage.

Washington urges N.Korea to pardon US student

Washington - The US State Department on Tuesday urged North Korea to pardon an American student who was sentenced last year to 15 years of hard labor for stealing a political banner from a hotel.

Trump dismisses dozens of Obama-era federal prosecutors

Washington - The administration of US President Donald Trump moved to clean house at the Justice Department, demanding the resignations of 46 federal prosecutors appointed during the two terms of his predecessor Barack Obama.

A US state speeds up executions, scheduling eight in 10 days

Washington - The US state of Arkansas is racing to execute eight death row inmates in 10 days next month to beat the expiration date on a hard-to-get drug used in lethal injections.

Russian dissident Dadin detained at first protest after release from jail

Moscow - Russian anti-Kremlin activist Ildar Dadin, who was jailed for peaceful protests in a legal precedent, was briefly detained Friday at his first demonstration since his surprise release last month, local media reported.

Russian dissident Dadin detained at first protest after release from jail

Moscow - Russian anti-Kremlin activist Ildar Dadin, who was jailed for peaceful protests in a legal precedent, was briefly detained Friday at his first demonstration since his surprise release last month, local media reported.

Crowds rally outside White House for women's rights

Washington - Several hundred protesters, mostly women wearing red t-shirts or sweaters, rallied Wednesday at a park outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's policies towards women on International Women's Day.

Texas executes hitman in deadly life insurance plot

Washington - The state of Texas on Tuesday executed a man convicted of taking $2,000 to kill a woman in a murder-for-hire plot to obtain life insurance money about 25 years ago.

Decried as Muslim ban, will Trump decree pass legal muster?

Washington - States' attorneys general, civil liberties groups and others are already lining up to challenge President Donald Trump's revised ban on refugees and travelers from six mainly Muslim countries.

Sri Lanka rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe

Colombo - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected a fresh appeal from the United Nations to allow international judges to investigate alleged war-era atrocities, vowing to not prosecute soldiers.

Sri Lanka rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe

Colombo - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected a fresh appeal from the United Nations to allow international judges to investigate alleged war-era atrocities, vowing to not prosecute soldiers.

Sri Lanka rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe

Colombo - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected a fresh appeal from the United Nations to allow international judges to investigate alleged war-era atrocities, vowing to not prosecute soldiers.

Catalan legal body rules against regional government over referendum

Barcelona - A top legal body in Catalonia ruled Friday that the region's separatist government does not have the authority to call a referendum on independence.

Polish conservatives take on the Supreme Court

Varsovia - Poland's governing conservatives on Thursday questioned the legitimacy of Supreme Court chief justice Malgorzata Gersdorf, who had been critical of judicial measures introduced by the Law and Justice (PiS) party.

Philippines takes big step back towards death penalty

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign to bring back the death penalty for drug-related crimes has cleared a major hurdle, with supporters backing it in congress but critics denouncing the planned killings as "inhumane".
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