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Ex-chief of jihadist 'Islamic police' on trial in Mali

Bamako - The head of an Islamic police brigade deployed by jihadists controlling a city in northern Mali in 2012 went on trial Friday accused of cutting off victims' hands and publicly whipping women.

Israel freezes controversial settlement law

Jerusalem - Israel's Supreme Court has frozen implementation of a law legalising dozens of Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land, which the UN labelled a "thick red line".

Anger boils five years after S.African massacre of miners

Marikana - At the site of the 2012 Marikana massacre where police shot dead 34 strikers, thousands of South African miners sang remembrance songs Wednesday as campaigners demanded prosecutions and compensation.

Lebanon scraps reviled rape law after campaign

Birut - Lebanon's parliament on Wednesday scrapped a controversial law allowing rapists who marry their victims to go free, official media and activists said, after a high-profile campaign for its repeal.

Canadian pastor on way home after North Korea release

Ottawa - A Canadian pastor was on his way home Thursday after being released from a North Korean prison where he spent the last two years, according to his family and the prime minister.

Canada sends top official to N Korea to discuss freeing jailed pastor

Ottawa - Canada's national security advisor Daniel Jean was in Pyongyang Tuesday to discuss the case of a jailed Canadian pastor, a spokesman said.

Trump lashes out over Russia probe, after news of grand jury

Washington - Donald Trump described Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as a "total fabrication" Thursday amid reports that a special prosecutor has impaneled a grand jury to investigate the issue -- a step toward possible criminal indictments.

US grand jury impaneled for Russia probe: media

Washington - Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday -- an important step toward potential criminal charges.

Turkey arrests French journalist on 'terror' charges: source

Diyarbakir - Turkish authorities have arrested a freelance French journalist on charges of links to a Kurdish militia Ankara regards as a terror group, the latest foreign reporter to run into trouble in the country, judicial sources said on Wednesday.

Almost 500 go on trial in Turkey's biggest coup case

Sincan - Nearly 500 people appeared in court Tuesday in the biggest trial yet of suspects from Turkey's failed coup, facing charges of conspiring to oust the government from an air base seen as the plotters' hub.

Turkey arrests 3 soldiers 'who beat Syrians on border'

Istanbul - A Turkish court arrested three soldiers allegedly filmed beating up and verbally abusing four young Syrians who attempted to cross the border illegally, state media reported Monday.

Football: Turkey's Irtegun freed after coup probe detention

Istanbul - Turkish authorities on Saturday freed international footballer Bekir Irtegun a day after detaining him on suspicion of links to a group blamed for last year's failed coup aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

EU starts legal action against Poland over court reform

Brussels - The European Union announced Saturday it had launched legal action against Poland's rightwing government over a new law that it fears will erode judicial independence.

Football greats fall foul of Spanish taxman

Madrid - From Barcelona's star striker Lionel Messi to his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, many football stars have fallen foul of the Spanish taxman over the past few years.Ronaldo appears in court on Monday, accused of evading 14.

Slovak police charge far-right leader with promoting extremism

Bratislava - Slovak police on Friday said they had charged far-right leader Marian Kotleba with promoting extremism, over cheques he gave to poor families for a sum that carries symbolic weight in neo-Nazi circles.

Poland's post-communist 'system': between myth and reality

Varsovia - Poland's political battle over an overhaul of the judicial system saw conservatives go to war against what they deem a nebulous alliance of ex-communists and friends of theirs issued from the former opposition.

Football: Turkish international Irtegun detained over 'coup links'

Istanbul - Turkish authorities on Friday detained international footballer Bekir Irtegun on suspicion of links to the group blamed for the July 15, 2016 failed coup aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Poland's Kaczynski insists on 'radical' reform of courts

Varsovia - The powerful head of Poland's governing conservatives, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, on Thursday attacked a presidential veto of plans to overhaul the judiciary as "a very serious mistake" and vowed not to back down.

Netanyahu wants execution of Palestinian who stabbed to death 3 Israelis

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called for the execution of a Palestinian who stabbed to death three Israelis last week as tensions rose over new security measures at a Jerusalem holy site.

Ohio executes child killer, first lethal injection since 2014

Chicago - The US state of Ohio ended its three-year moratorium on the death penalty Wednesday, using a new drug cocktail that included a controversial sedative to execute a convicted child murderer and rapist.

EU could halt Poland's voting rights over court reforms

Brussels - The EU warned Poland on Wednesday it would suspend its voting rights if it pushes ahead with controversial court reforms, sparking a furious reaction from Warsaw.

EU warns could halt Polish voting rights over court reforms

Brussels - The EU will "immediately" take steps to halt Poland's voting rights in the bloc if it pushes through with controversial reforms of the country's top court, European Commission vice president Frans Timmermans said Wednesday.

EU mulls sanctions against Poland over court reform

Brussels - The EU holds high-level talks on Wednesday on whether to act on its threat to sanction the Polish government over its bid to exert control over national courts.

Poland crisis threatens EU order

Brussels - Poland's row with Brussels over judicial reforms threatens to undermine the bloc's legal order and stoke a growing divide between the EU's eastern and western states, officials and analysts say.

Turbulence on horizon after Polish court reforms veoted

Varsovia - The Polish president's surprise veto Monday of two controversial judicial reforms opens a period of political turbulence in Poland.

Trump attacks US attorney general as weak on Clinton emails

Washington - US President Donald Trump attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions again on Tuesday, calling him "VERY weak" in pursuing intelligence leaks and failure to go after former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton over her emails.

Polish president approves controversial reform, after vetoing two others

Varsovia - Poland's President Andrzej Duda Tuesday approved one of three controversial judicial reforms that have sparked huge street protests and threats of EU sanctions, after vetoing the other two.

Greek judges accuse Tsipras government of 'dirty' attacks

Atenas - Judges in Greece have reacted angrily to a blunt barrage of government criticism over recent court rulings, comparing the "dirty" attacks to authoritarian crackdowns in Turkey and Poland.

Polish govt presses on after president vetoes contested court reforms

Varsovia - Poland's governing conservatives on Monday vowed to press on with judicial reforms, even after the president used his veto following huge street protests and threats of unprecedented EU sanctions.

Polish president vetoes controversial court reforms

Varsovia - Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday vetoed controversial judicial reforms that had prompted huge street protests and threats of unprecedented EU sanctions.
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