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Benin's 'chicken king' in fraud probe

Cotonou - Wealthy Benin businessman and failed presidential candidate Sebastien Ajavon is under investigation over an allegedly fraudulent export deal, a judicial source said on Monday.

France charges eight over plot targeting politicians

Paris - France has charged eight men, including three minors, following an investigation into far-right activists allegedly plotting to target politicians and mosques, prosecutors announced Saturday in Paris.

Family confirms body found in Argentina river was missing activist

Buenos Aires - A body recovered from a river bed in southern Argentina was that of a missing activist who disappeared two months ago during a police operation, his brother confirmed Friday.

Review: The end goal is all that matters in this week’s releases Special

This week’s releases include an inspiring documentary; a comedy that stands the test of time; a dangerous love affair; a fun animated film that flew under the radar; and a new series that takes on an unfilmable book.

Baghdad court issues arrest warrant for Iraqi Kurd VP

Baghdad - A Baghdad court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan on charges of "provocation" against Iraq's armed forces, the judiciary said.

Macedonia nationalist jailed for storming of parliament

Skopje - A Macedonian nationalist was sentenced to four years in prison on Thursday for violently pulling the hair of an MP during an attack on parliament.

Death penalty has 'no place in 21st century:' UN chief

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an end to the death penalty Tuesday, insisting it has "no place in the 21st century.

Haiti looks to Benin for guidance on voodoo crimes

Cotonou - Three senators from Haiti pause in reflection in front of a statue of their country's independence hero Toussaint Louverture in Allada, southern Benin, where he had his roots.

Turkey Amnesty activists risk up to 15 years in jail: indictment

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors on Sunday demanded up to 15 years jail for almost a dozen activists, including leaders of Amnesty International in Turkey, in a case intensifying alarm over freedom of expression in the country.

ICC probes two staff members over Ocampo links

Den Haag - The world's top criminal court is probing two staff members after media reports implicating them in dealings involving the tribunal's former prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo.

Freed writer hopes Turkish journalism will wake from 'coma'

Istanbul - Journalism in Turkey is at "death's door" but there is still hope it can emerge from a comatose state, one of the country's top journalists said after being released from jail.

US 'deeply disturbed' by arrest of Istanbul consulate staffer

Istanbul - The United States on Thursday said it was "deeply disturbed" over the arrest by Turkish authorities of a local staffer working at its consulate in Istanbul, saying the charges against him were baseless.

Fugitive Italian ultra-leftist detained in Brazil

S - Brazilian police on Wednesday detained Italian ultra-leftist militant and writer Cesare Battisti, who was convicted of murder in his home country and has been on the run for decades.

O.J. Simpson freed from jail on parole

Los Angeles - Disgraced American football star O.J. Simpson, whose racially charged 1995 murder trial riveted the nation, was released from jail on parole early Sunday after nine years behind bars for armed robbery.

Taiwan navy personnel jailed for fatal missile misfire

Taipei - Three naval personnel have been jailed for up to two years for mistakenly launching a missile towards China that killed one person and triggered a stern response from Beijing last year.

O.J. Simpson freed from jail on parole

Los Angeles - Disgraced American football star O.J. Simpson, whose racially charged 1995 murder trial riveted the nation, was released from jail on parole early Sunday after nine years behind bars for armed robbery.

Trump policies at stake in US Supreme Court session

Washington - The US Supreme Court on Monday opens its 2017-2018 session, facing thorny issues that include gay and labor rights, voter restrictions and limits on gathering private information.

Rights groups sue Trump administration over travel ban

Washington - Human rights organizations announced Friday they are suing the Trump administration over the latest version of the president's controversial travel ban, continuing a long-running legal battle over the restrictions.

Hand over Gulen for jailed pastor, Erdogan tells US

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the United States Thursday that Turkey could release a jailed American pastor if Washington handed over exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen who Ankara blames for last year's failed coup.

Turkey puts hunger-striking academic in intensive care: family

Ankara - A jailed academic who has been on a six-month hunger strike to protest her dismissal in an unprecedented purge has been transferred into intensive care by Turkish authorities, her family said Tuesday.

Top Turkey journalist released after almost year in jail

Istanbul - An Istanbul court on Monday ordered the release of leading Turkish journalist Kadri Gursel in the controversial trial of staff from the Cumhuriyet opposition newspaper, but ruled that four other detained suspects must stay in jail.

Activist convicted of UK terror offence for refusing to unlock phone

London - An activist with a London-based rights group was convicted of a terrorism offence on Monday for refusing to divulge the passwords for his phone and laptop computer to the police.

'They are not terrorists': witness defends jailed Turkey journalists

Istanbul - The controversial trial of 17 journalists and staff from the Turkish opposition daily Cumhuriyet began hearing witness testimony on Monday, with a key witness dismissing charges that the accused are linked to terror groups.

Latin American politics still grappling with sleaze

Montevideo - As corruption goes in Latin America, it amounted to small beans, but the excess that ended the Uruguayan vice-president's career this month shows the region's politics are still locked in a cycle of sleaze.

UN sets up probe of IS atrocities in Iraq

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously decided to set up an investigation team to collect evidence on the massacres of Iraq's Yazidi minority and other atrocities committed by the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Turkey jails 14 lawyers representing imprisoned hunger strikers

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Thursday jailed on terror charges 14 lawyers representing two detained teachers who have been on hunger strike for six months after being sacked in a mass crackdown.

Spain police launch graft probe in Catalan president's fiefdom

Girona - Spanish police carried out searches on Tuesday across Girona, a fiefdom of Catalonia's pro-separatist president Carles Puigdemont, as part of probe into suspected graft at a local water company, police said.

At UN, countries launch push to end trade in torture goods

New York - About 60 countries led by the European Union on Monday launched a bid at the United Nations to end the trade in goods like electro-shock batons and lethal drugs used to carry out torture and death sentences.

Mexicans march to protest violence against women

Mexico - Thousands of women of all ages marched Sunday through Mexico City, demanding justice in the case of a young woman who was kidnapped and murdered.

Six Argentinians given life sentences for crimes against humanity

Tucuman - Six Argentinians were handed life sentences Friday, convicted of committing crimes against humanity during rightwing military rule from 1976-1983.
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