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Brother of ex-guard to Kagame feared dead Special

The young brother of a high-caliber target of the Rwandan government has disappeared at the hands of intelligence operatives and is feared dead, amid a growing crackdown against President Paul Kagame’s inner circle.

Former top Colombian officials convicted in domestic spying scandal

Estanzuela - Colombia's Supreme Court has convicted the country's former intelligence boss and a presidential chief of staff of spying on judges, journalists and politicians during the presidency of Alvaro Uribe.

Hong Kong woman jailed for six years for maid abuse

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong woman was jailed for six years on Friday for beating and starving her Indonesian maid and keeping her prisoner, as the judge called for action over laws which leave domestic workers exposed to abuse.

Hong Kong woman faces up to seven years' prison for maid abuse

Hong Kong - The lawyer for a Hong Kong woman found guilty of beating and starving her Indonesian maid and keeping her prisoner said she was "not a monster" Friday, as a court prepared to sentence her to up to seven years in prison.

With immigration fight, U.S. Homeland Security shutdown nears

Washington - A Department of Homeland Security shutdown grew increasingly likely, with lawmakers fighting over funding for the U.S. agency amid a bitter standoff about President Barack Obama's immigration reform plan.

Colombia court puts restrictions on adoptions by gays

Estanzuela - Colombia's Constitutional Court has put stringent limits on adoption by gay couples, saying it would be allowed only if one partner is already the child's biological parent.

Spain ex-king appeals against paternity suit: source

Madrid - Spain's former king Juan Carlos has lodged an appeal against a paternity suit brought by a woman claiming to be his daughter, a judicial source said on Saturday.

Ex-Romanian presidential candidate held in corruption probe

Bucharest - A former Romanian presidential candidate was remanded in custody late Tuesday over her alleged role in a corruption scandal involving Microsoft licences that has sucked in a number of high-profile figures, prosecutors said.

Hong Kong woman guilty in Indonesian maid abuse case

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong woman was convicted Tuesday of beating and starving her Indonesian maid and keeping her prisoner in a case that sparked international outrage and highlighted the plight of migrant domestic workers.

China executes tycoon who bid for Australian miner

Bejing - A Chinese mining billionaire said to have links with disgraced former security tsar Zhou Yongkang and who once launched a bid for Australia's Sundance Resources was executed for multiple murder on Monday, a court said.

Turkey launches new raids over Erdogan eavesdropping case

Istanbul - Turkish police on Sunday launched a new wave of raids to round up suspects accused of wiretapping the communications of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other top officials.

Police seize Brazil tycoon Batista's cash, cars

Rio De Janeiro - Police on Friday seized a piano, the equivalent of $45,700 in cash, six cars and other possessions from the home of Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista, once Brazil's richest man, who is on trial for insider trading.

Canada top court allows doctor-assisted suicide

Ottawa - Canada's supreme court on Friday unanimously struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide for mentally competent adults suffering from an incurable disease, reversing a decision on the books since 1993.

Top Paris crime investigator charged with leaks

Paris - The head of Paris' powerful criminal investigation force was charged and immediately suspended late Thursday over allegations that he leaked details of a probe to a fellow top officer who was under inquiry.

Litvinenko thought Putin was linked to crime

London - The widow of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko told an inquiry into his radiation poisoning death in 2006 that her husband had suspected Vladimir Putin of being involved in "criminal conduct".

U.S. top court weighs use of lethal injection drug

Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court is due to review the use of lethal injection drugs following several bungled executions that saw inmates gasping for air during prolonged killings. The court will revisit the 2008 "Baze vs.

Fugitive ex-spy chief surrenders to Colombia

Estanzuela - Colombia's former spy chief Maria del Pilar Hurtado was taken into custody Saturday after her forced return from Panama to face charges for illegal wiretapping and other crimes."She has been at the headquarters of the prosecutor's office since 5 a.m.

Ohio delays seven executions to secure new drugs

Washington - The US state of Ohio is postponing the execution of seven death row inmates, officials said Friday, following several botched lethal injection killings across the country last year.

U.S. civil rights activists cleared — 50 years on

Washington - A group of black civil rights activists was exonerated in the United States, more than 50 years after being condemned to hard labor for sitting in a white-only area.

Autopsy on Russian ex-spy 'one of most dangerous ever'

London - The autopsy on the body of poisoned Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko was described as one of the most dangerous ever on day two of an inquiry into his death Wednesday.

U.S. state executes killer despite disability claim

Washington - The U.S. state of Georgia executed a double killer whose lawyers said he was intellectually disabled, after last-minute pleas for his life were thrown out.

Russian ex-spy may have been poisoned twice, inquiry told

London - An inquiry into the radiation poisoning of a former Russian spy opened on Tuesday with claims that there may have been an earlier assassination bid in the most sensational espionage case since the Cold War.

'Sense of duty': Litvinenko's widow hopes for answers

London - The memories still bring tears to Marina Litvinenko's eyes, over eight years after the horrific killing of her former secret agent husband by radiation poisoning under the glare of the world's media.

WikiLeaks accuses Google of handing over emails to U.S.

London - WikiLeaks on Monday accused Internet giant Google of handing over the emails and electronic data of its senior staff to the U.S. authorities, and not notifying them for almost three years.

U.S. spies link Litvinenko killing to Kremlin

London - U.S. spies intercepted communications between the chief suspects in the murder case of Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko, linking his poisoning to the Russian state, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.

Two Turkish police jailed for 10 years over protester's killing

Kayseri - Two Turkish police were jailed Wednesday for at least 10 years for beating to death a teenager in 2013 protests against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, sparking fresh protests as critics slammed the verdicts for being absurdly lenient.

Lord's Resistance Army commander arrives at ICC prison

Den Haag - A Ugandan commander of the notorious Lord's Resistance Army arrived at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Wednesday to face war crimes charges.

Guatemalan ex-police chief handed 90 years over embassy raid

Guatemala City - A court in Guatemala sentenced a former police chief to 90 years for an assault on the Spanish embassy in 1980 when a group of protesting Indians, peasants and university students were holed up inside.

OSCE demands release of jailed journalist in Macedonia

Skopeia - The OSCE's media freedom representative on Saturday called for the immediate release of a journalist in Macedonia who was sentenced to prison for allegedly revealing the identity of a murder witness.

Kremlin critic Navalny questioned in new probe, office raided

Moscow - Russia announced a new probe on opposition protest leader Alexei Navalny on Friday, hauling him in for questioning and raiding the office of his anti-corruption foundation.
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