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El Salvador court frees woman jailed for delivering stillborn

Sansalvador - A Salvadoran court on Friday freed Evelyn Hernandez, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison after she gave birth to a stillborn baby at home.

Feud escalates between Romania govt and former anti-graft chief

Bucharest - A stand-off between Romania's government and judiciary escalated as the former chief anti-graft prosecutor said she had been summoned by investigators over allegations of corruption, abuse of office and giving false testimony.

Ghosn shakes up legal team from Japanese cell

Apo - Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn Wednesday shook up his top legal team as he vowed to prove his innocence and defend himself with vigour against charges of financial misconduct.

Canada former AG quits amid political interference controversy

Ottawa - Canada's former attorney general resigned from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet on Tuesday amid controversy over the prosecution of one of the world's top construction and engineering firms, SNC-Lavalin.

Caught in Syria, foreign jihadist suspects may face trial in Iraq

Baghdad - Their home countries don't want them and holding trials in Syria isn't an option: now suspected foreign jihadists could end up facing tough justice over the border in Iraq.

Thousands rally for pro-Kremlin Riga mayor probed for graft

Riga - Several thousand people rallied in front of Riga City Hall on Saturday in support of Nils Usakovs, the city's mayor and leader of the popular pro-Kremlin Harmony party, who is under investigation for corruption.

Second woman makes sexual abuse claim against ex-Costa Rica president

San Jos - A second woman has accused former Costa Rican president and Nobel Peace laureate Oscar Arias of sexual assault, local press said on Friday.The woman's lawyer filed a criminal complaint on Thursday, according to news website ameliarueda.

Switzerland seizes cars owned by E. Guinea president's son

Geneva - Swiss prosecutors said Thursday they were dropping charges of financial wrongdoing against Teodorin Obiang Nguema, the son of Equatorial Guinea's authoritarian leader, but were confiscating luxury cars as part of the case.

Sexual assault charges raised against Costa Rica ex-president

San Jos - Former Costa Rican president and Nobel Peace laureate Oscar Arias on Tuesday denied charges of sexual assault made by a peace campaigner who filed a criminal complaint against him.

Ukraine opens treason case against Putin ally

Kiev - Kiev prosecutors on Tuesday said they had launched a treason probe into a politician close to Russian leader Vladimir Putin over calls to grant autonomy to regions in eastern Ukraine.

Ex-Macedonian PM says death threat forced him to flee

Skopje - Macedonia's fugitive former premier Nikola Gruevski said Saturday he fled to Hungary despite being sentenced for abuse of power after he received a threat that he would be killed in jail.

US top court delays litmus test on abortion

Washington - The conservative-leaning US Supreme Court on Friday said it has delayed what is sure to be a highly polarizing upcoming abortion rights test case.

Three men charged with supplying gun to Strasbourg market attacker

Paris - Three men were Friday charged with supplying the weapon used by the gunman in the Christmas market attack in the French city of Strasbourg and placed in pre-trial detention, a judicial source said.

Jailed Reuters reporters launch last appeal to Myanmar court

Lawyers for two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years in Myanmar on charges linked to their reporting of the Rohingya crisis lodged an appeal Friday with the Supreme Court -- a last chance of a reprieve through the legal system.

Chile jails six Pinochet agents for ex-president's murder

Santiago - A court on Wednesday jailed six former agents of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime for involvement in the 1982 murder of ex-president Eduardo Frei.

Amanda Knox wins damages from Italy over murder inquiry treatment

Strasbourg - Europe's top rights court on Thursday ordered Italy to pay thousands of euros in damages to Amanda Knox, the American student acquitted in 2015 of the gruesome killing of her British housemate after spending years behind bars.

European rights court faults Italy over Knox murder trial

Strasbourg - Europe's top human rights court said Thursday Italy failed to provide adequate legal representation for Amanda Knox, an American student acquitted in 2015 of the gruesome killing of her British housemate.

Austria's far-right accused of 'threatening rule of law'

Vienna - Austria's far-right Interior Minister Herbert Kickl was accused by the opposition of threatening the rule of law Wednesday after he appeared to call into question Austria's commitment to international rights conventions.

US to seek Huawei exec's extradition from Canada

Washington - The United States confirmed Tuesday that it plans to seek the extradition of Chinese telecom giant Huawei's finance director, who was detained in Canada on a US request, before a January 30 deadline.

Rwanda linked to suspects in dissident death: S.Africa prosecutor

Johanesburg - South African prosecutors have claimed "close links" existed between the suspects in the murder of a Rwandan dissent and the regime of President Paul Kagame, according to a letter released by a Johannesburg court Monday.

In Texas, one family fights to keep Trump wall off property

Mission - In this yard in the Texas town of Mission, they played as children, learned how to fish, picked cotton and gathered watermelons. But because it's on the border with Mexico, the Cavazos family could lose their property -- to Donald Trump's border wall.

France to try 14 people over Jan 2015 Paris attacks: judicial source

Paris - French anti-terror judges have recommended that 14 people be tried in connection with the January 2015 jihadist attacks in and around Paris, a judicial source told AFP Friday.

S.Africa court launches new probe into murder of Rwandan ex-spy

Johanesburg - Five years after Rwandan dissident Patrick Karegeya was strangled in a Johannesburg hotel, the regime of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame casts a long shadow over the South African investigation.

Left-wing militant Battisti: four murders and a life sentence

Rome - Former left-wing militant Cesare Battisti, who was extradited to Italy on Monday, is to serve out the rest of his life sentence after being convicted in 1981 of two murders and involvement in two others.

Myanmar Reuters journalists lose appeal against 7-year sentence

Yangon - Two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years while investigating atrocities committed against the Rohingya in Myanmar had their appeal dismissed Friday, dismaying colleagues and tearful family members who had held slim hopes they would walk free.

Myanmar Reuters journalists' appeal decision due Friday: lawyer

Two Myanmar Reuters journalists jailed for reporting on the Rohingya crisis should find out Friday if their appeal against their seven-year sentence is successful, their lawyer said.

Top US court upholds California foie gras ban

Washington - The US Supreme Court upheld California's foie gras ban on Monday, ending a long legal battle between animal rights activists and defenders of the delicacy.

Man charged in Poland 'escape room' blaze that killed five

Warsaw - Polish prosecutors probing the deaths of five teenage girls in an "escape room" said Sunday they had charged an owner of the facility with deliberately creating a fire hazard that led to the blaze.

Argentine judge orders Kirchner's artwork be confiscated

Buenos Aires - An Argentine judge has ordered the seizure of more than 30 pieces of art owned by former president Cristina Kirchner, currently awaiting trial for corruption.Argentine media said the artworks were worth $4 million.

Japan hangs two for murder, bringing 2018 executions to 15

Apo - Japan hanged two men convicted of murder on Thursday, the justice minister said, bringing the number of executions this year to 15 -- tied for the highest amount on record.
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