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Britain, Sweden should accept Assange ruling: UN rights chief

Colombo - The UN human rights chief said on a visit to Sri Lanka Tuesday that Britain and Sweden should accept the findings of one of his panels that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had been arbitrarily detained.

Don't mess with Texas, where law is hard, mistakes common

Washington - Among the 3,000 counties that make up the United States, there is one in Texas where it's best not to mess with the law, because justice is hard and mistakes are common.

UK press takes swipe at Assange and UN panel

London - British newspaper columnists on Saturday took aim at Julian Assange and the UN panel that found the anti-secrecy campaigner had been "arbitrarily detained".

Captain guilty in Nicaraguan shipwreck that killed 13

Managua - The captain of a tourist boat that overturned in bad weather off Nicaragua's Caribbean coast killing 13 was found guilty of manslaughter Friday, judicial sources said.

UN panel emerges from shadows with bombshell Assange ruling

Ginebra - The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention was thrust into the global spotlight Friday with its finding that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been "arbitrarily detained" by Sweden and Britain.

Britain rejects UN panel ruling on Assange: Government

London - Britain rejected a UN panel's ruling on Friday that called for Julian Assange's "detention" at Ecuador's embassy in London to be brought to an end, saying it would challenge the report's findings."This changes nothing.

Assange tells UK, Sweden to let him go after UN finding

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Friday urged Britain and Sweden to let him walk free from Ecuador's embassy in London after a UN panel found that the anti-secrecy campaigner was "arbitrarily detained.

President Ouattara says 'won't send any more Ivorians to ICC'

Paris - President Alassane Ouattara on Thursday said he would "not send any more Ivorians" to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where his longtime rival Laurent Gbagbo is currently on trial over deadly violence sparked by disputed 2010 polls.

Florida top court overturns Spaniard's death penalty conviction

Miami - Florida's supreme court on Thursday overturned the conviction of a Spaniard sentenced to death for a triple murder in 1994, and ordered a retrial.

Ecuador says Assange welcome to remain in London embassy

Quito - Ecuador said Thursday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is welcome to remain in its London embassy, ahead of a UN panel's expected ruling that his stay there amounts to illegal detention."It's a personal decision.

WikiLeaks founder Assange may leave embassy after UN panel ruling

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could walk out of the Ecuadoran embassy in London after more than three years on Friday, when a UN panel will rule whether he has been illegally held.

Julian Assange: WikiLeaks' fugitive anti-hero

London - A United Nations report on Friday calling for Julian Assange's "detention" to be brought to an end is the latest twist in a long-running case pitting hi-tech activists against mighty governments.

WikiLeaks founder Assange leaves fate up to UN panel

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he could leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Friday pending an opinion by a UN panel on his alleged rape case -- but Britain said it would have to arrest him.

Florida calls off execution

Miami - Authorities in Florida suspended the upcoming execution of a death row inmate, after the US Supreme Court found problems with how the state sentences people to death.

Two ex-soldiers tried in Guatemala for sex slavery, murder

Guatemala City - Two retired soldiers were in court Monday facing charges of murder, forced disappearance, and forcing 11 indigenous women into sexual slavery during Guatemala's 1960-1996 civil war.

Arrest over dictatorship-era killing of Bolivian socialist leader

La Paz - Bolivian police arrested the man long wanted over the murder of a prominent Bolivian socialist leader, 35 years after the dictatorship-era killing, President Evo Morales said.

White cop to sue estate of black teen he killed

Chicago - A white police officer plans to sue the estate of a black teenager he shot dead because he was traumatized by the fact that he accidentally killed the teen's neighbor in the incident, his lawyer said.

Polish law sparks fears over judicial independence

Varsovia - Poland's parliament adopted a law giving the justice ministry control over the prosecutor's office, further stoking concerns about the state of democracy in the EU member.

Gbagbo trial rekindles controversy in Africa over western justice

Dakar - The groundbreaking war crimes trial in The Hague on Thursday of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo has rekindled a bitter row across Africa over the international justice system.

Israel court rules Palestinian hunger striker to stay in jail

Jerusalem - A hunger-striking Palestinian journalist will remain in jail despite warnings over his deteriorating health, Israel's top court ruled on Wednesday.

Victims of German pedophile sect in Chile seek justice

It is 18 years since Winfried Hempel finally escaped from an abusive sect run by a pedophile ex-Nazi officer in Chile. He still has nightmares.

French justice minister quits over anti-terror measure

Paris - French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira quit Wednesday in protest over the government's efforts to strip convicted French-born terrorists of their citizenship if they have a second nationality.

Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles

Washington - President Barack Obama on Monday announced a ban on solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons, citing the "heartbreaking" case of a teenager who spent two years in solitary after stealing a backpack and later killed himself.

Poland's Walesa to publicly debate communist spy allegations

Varsovia - Poland's former president and Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa will publicly defend himself against allegations that he was in league with the Soviet era communist police, the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) said Monday.

Mexico says seeking fast extradition of 'El Chapo' drug kingpin

Davos - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Friday his country is working to extradite recaptured drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman for trial in the United States as soon possible.

Motley crew of lawyers defends Mexico's 'Chapo' Guzman

- One lawyer is accused of helping Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escape from prison. Another claims to represent the fallen drug lord for free. In total, 13 attorneys have recently worked for Guzman.

Sweden, Ecuador at odds over Assange interrogation

Stockholm - Sweden's prosecution authority said Thursday Ecuador had refused its request to let a Swedish prosecutor question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a rape allegation, because Quito wanted an Ecuadoran prosecutor to do the questioning.

Kosovo Serb politician jailed for war crimes

Drenas - An international tribunal on Thursday jailed a top Kosovo Serb politician for nine years for war crimes against ethnic Albanians during the late 1990s conflict, in a ruling condemned by Belgrade.

Family of cousin of Paris attacker file murder complaint over her death

Paris - The family of Hasna Aitboulahcen, a cousin of alleged Paris attacks ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud who helped him on the run and died with him in a police raid, have filed a murder complaint, their lawyer said.

Turkey jails woman for 'obscene hand gesture at Erdogan'

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced a woman to almost a year in jail for making an obscene hand gesture at President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an anti-government protest in 2014, reports said Tuesday.
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