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Turkish football fans put on trial over 'coup bid'

Istanbul - Thirty-five supporters of Turkish top-flight football side Besiktas went on trial Tuesday facing life imprisonment on charges of seeking to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government in 2013 protests.

Spain angers rights activists with tough new security law

Madrid - Spain's proposed new public security law, which introduces hefty fines for unauthorised protests and allows for the summary expulsion of migrants that try to enter the country illegally, has sparked fierce opposition from human rights activists.

Thousands rally in US cities to protest police killings

New York - Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in New York and Washington, stepping up demonstrations across the United States demanding justice for black men killed by white police.

Thousands rally across US over police killings

New York - Thousands of protesters paralyzed parts of New York and Washington on Saturday, stepping up demonstrations across the United States demanding justice for black men killed by white police.

Brazil truth commission urges end to dictatorship amnesty

Bras - A truth commission on Wednesday urged Brazil to scrap an amnesty for torturers, in a final report on the 1964-1985 military dictatorship that says at least 434 people were killed or disappeared by the regime.

Swiss ex-banker faints as trial over WikiLeaks leak opens

Geneva - A former Swiss banker fainted Wednesday at the opening of his trial for breaking Swiss bank secrecy laws for allegedly giving confidential data to WikiLeaks and German authorities, media reported.

Litvinenko murder suspect advising on Russian TV spy series

Moscow - A Russian production studio has hired Andrei Lugovoi, the former security agent wanted by Britain as the chief suspect in the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, as a consultant on a new TV spy series.

US Supreme Court rejects BP challenge to Gulf settlement 

Washington - The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear energy giant BP's challenge to a settlement ordering it to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to businesses hurt by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Former maid tells Hong Kong court of 'torture' by employer

Hong Kong - An Indonesian former maid on Monday told a court for the first time how she was starved, beaten and ritually humiliated by her Hong Kong employers in a case that has sparked international outrage.

Spanish opposition decries govt plans to expand wiretapping

Madrid - Spain's Socialist opposition on Saturday accused the government of acting like "Big Brother" after proposing legislation that would give top officials more power to bypass judges and authorise wiretaps or other surveillance.

U.S. protests turn violent after NY man killed by police buried

New York - Police clashed with protesters in California on the fourth night of demonstrations across the United States against recent killings of African American suspects by white police in the United States.

Third night of U.S. protests against police killings

New York - Thousands of demonstrators marched in major cities across the United States in a fresh wave of protests against a spate of killings of unarmed black men by white police officers.

Third night of U.S. protests against police killings

New York - Thousands of demonstrators marched in major cities across the United States in a fresh wave of protest against the killing of unarmed black men by white police officers.

Jury to consider police charges in New York shooting

New York - A New York district attorney said Friday he would impanel a grand jury to consider charges in the latest police killing of an unarmed black man as the United States grapples with nationwide protests.

Protests in New York after officer escapes choking charge

New York - New York mayor Bill de Blasio appealed for calm Thursday after a night of protests over a grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer in the choking death of a black man.

Op-Ed: Debate over charges for false accusations of rape is important

Rape scandals abound in our media cycle, with headlines including the Bill Cosby rape allegations and the UVA fraternity investigation. While we strive to combat rape, especially on college campuses, what about those who make false accusations of rape?

NY policeman not charged in death of black suspect

New York - A New York grand jury on Wednesday decided not to charge a white police officer in the choking death of a black man, days after a similar decision sparked renewed unrest in Missouri.

Autopsy on former Brazil leader inconclusive

Bras - An autopsy on former Brazilian president Joao Goulart has failed to show traces of poison and while it is possible he was assassinated, he could have died of natural causes, officials said Monday.

Rough justice: Ukraine rebels lay down law in breakaway state

Donetsk - A Russian citizen who favours the death penalty, Eduard Yakubovsky, is trying to become the new face of justice in rebel-held east Ukraine.

Life term sought for Turkish policeman over protester killing

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday sought life imprisonment for a police officer accused of beating a teenager to death during last year's mass anti-government protests, media reported.

Peru court denies ex-president Fujimori house arrest

Lima - Former Peru president Alberto Fujimori's request to serve the remainder of his 25-year prison sentence under house arrest has been rejected, judicial authorities said.

U.S. prisoner on death row freed after 39 years

Washington - A 57-year-old U.S. prisoner who was sentenced to death for a murder he didn't commit walked free from court on Friday after spending 39 years behind bars, prosecutors said.

Five years after Philippine massacre, anger at slow justice

Manila - Five years after 58 people were killed in the Philippines' worst political massacre, anger among victims' relatives is building, with no one yet convicted and the alleged masterminds still enjoying power.

Witness in French inquiry into 1994 Rwanda plane crash disappears Special

A key witness for a French court investigating who triggered the Rwandan genocide has gone missing in Kenya after a Paris judge insisted the witness’ name be identified in legal documents – a move critics say compromised his safety.

'Bleak' outlook for ex-dictator Noriega

Panama - The health of Panama's imprisoned former dictator Manuel Noriega is deteriorating and his outlook is "bleak," his physician said Thursday.

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.

Top EU court rules against 'welfare tourism'

Luxembourg - The EU's top court ruled Tuesday that member states do not have to pay welfare to EU citizens coming solely to claim benefits, offering some welcome relief to governments under fire from anti-EU parties on immigration.

FARC rebels get heavy jail time for killing tribe members

Torib - An indigenous court convicted seven FARC guerrillas of murdering two leaders of the Nasa tribe in western Colombia on Sunday, sentencing them to between 40 and 60 years in jail and 20 lashes.

Obama to nominate veteran prosecutor as attorney general

Washington - President Barack Obama plans to nominate veteran New York federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as US attorney general, the White House said.
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