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Supreme Court delivers major victory for US abortion rights

Washington - The US Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Texas law restricting access to abortion, handing a major victory to the "pro-choice" camp in the country's most important ruling on the divisive issue in a generation.

Israeli restaurants in kosher food row with Jewish authorities

Jerusalem - Jonathan Vadai just wanted a certificate confirming his Jerusalem restaurant as kosher, but he found himself fed up with the Israeli religious authorities overseeing the process.

Turkish man given suspended jail for 'comparing Erdogan to Gollum'

Istanbul - A court in Turkey's southern resort city of Antalya has handed a Turkish man a suspended jail sentence of over one year for comparing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the "Lord of the Rings" character Gollum, a report said Thursday.

Turkish prosecutors 'demand over 14 years in jail' for activists

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors have asked for three prominent activists and journalists to be handed jail sentences of over 14 years on charges of publishing terror propaganda for guest editing a pro-Kurdish daily, a report said on Thursday.

Assange lawyer says Sweden should recognize UN opinion

Quito - A former Spanish judge who is defending WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday urged Sweden to recognize a UN working group opinion that his confinement amounts to arbitrary detention.

Convicted journalist guest edits Turkey daily after arrests

Istanbul - A prominent Turkish journalist handed a lengthy jail sentence on charges of revealing state secrets defiantly guest-edited an opposition daily on Tuesday, a day after three activists were arrested and jailed for performing the same role.

Rousseff called as witness in Brazil corruption case

Rio De Janeiro - President Dilma Rousseff, suspended from office pending her impeachment trial, has been called as a defense witness for a key figure in the Petrobras corruption scandal, court documents show.

Post-election Peru tackles forced sterilization trauma

- The doctors told Victoria Vigo her third child must be born by Cesarean. It was safest, they said -- she was seven months pregnant and there were complications.They cut her open -- but they didn't stop there.

U.S. top court rejects Ecuador challenge to $96 mn Chevron award

Washington - The US Supreme Court has rejected Ecuador's appeal against a $96 million award it has been ordered to pay Chevron in a dispute over the development of oil fields in exchange for cheap domestic crude.

Malawi witchdoctors banned following albino killings

Blantyre - A Malawi court has banned witchdoctors from operating in the impoverished southern African country following a spate of albino killings linked to witchcraft, according to a court ruling seen Thursday.

Ivory Coast's ex first lady on trial for poll bloodbath

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's feisty former first lady Simone Gbagbo went on trial Tuesday for crimes against humanity in what many see as a litmus case for justice in the west African country.

Hamas authorities execute three men in Gaza Strip

Gaza - Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip executed three men for murder on Tuesday, the attorney general said, signalling more could follow despite appeals from the United Nations for a halt.They were shot dead behind closed doors, security sources said.

Hamas authorities execute three men in Gaza Strip

Gaza - Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip executed three men for murder on Tuesday, the attorney general said, signalling more could follow despite appeals from the United Nations for a halt.They were shot dead behind closed doors, security sources said.

Hamas authorities execute three men in Gaza Strip

Gaza - Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip executed three men for murder on Tuesday, the attorney general said, signalling more could follow despite appeals from the United Nations for a halt.They were shot dead behind closed doors, security sources said.

I. Coast's ex-first lady on trial for crimes against humanity

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo goes on trial Tuesday for crimes against humanity, but rights groups acting as plaintiffs in the case have pulled out, blasting the proceedings as flawed.

I. Coast rights groups say ex-first lady's trial flawed

Abidjan - Ivorian rights groups acting as plaintiffs in the imminent trial of former first lady Simone Gbagbo for crimes against humanity pulled out of the process Monday, saying it was flawed.

Hong Kong democracy protester given five weeks for police assault

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist was sentenced to five weeks in prison Monday after he was found guilty of assaulting and resisting officers during mass rallies in 2014 when he splashed liquid on police.

I.Coast's ex-first lady prepares for second trial

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo will be tried for crimes against humanity starting Tuesday, having already been jailed for 20 years for her part in 2010's post-electoral violence.

ICoast court rejects appeal by ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's supreme court has rejected former first lady Simone Gbagbo's appeal against a 20-year sentence over her role in the violence that followed the 2010 elections that her husband Laurent Gbagbo lost, her lawyer said.

U.S. to seek death penalty for South Carolina church shooter

Washington - U.S. officials said Tuesday that they would seek the death penalty in the trial of a young white man who killed nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church last year.

Mexico families wait for news as mass grave exhumed

Tetelcingo - Anguished relatives are standing by as experts dig up a mass grave with more than 100 bodies buried by authorities in Mexico, where morgues are full due to surging violence.

Azerbaijan frees top anti-corruption journalist Ismayilova

Bakou - Azerbaijan on Wednesday released jailed prominent investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, who was convicted of corruption charges last year, triggering an international uproar.

Mexico begins exhumation of more than 100 bodies

Tetelcingo - Mexican authorities and independent experts began the exhumation of more than a hundred bodies buried in pits in the central state of Morelos.

Philippines halts probe into president-elect's suspected death squads

Manila - The Philippines has halted an investigation into an alleged vigilante death squad linked to president-elect Rodrigo Duterte after the key witness disappeared, likely due to fear of the incoming leader, officials said.

Colombia druglord Lopez Londono to be extradited to U.S.: Judge

Buenos Aires - A judge in Argentina on Friday granted a US extradition request for Colombian drug kingpin Henry de Jesus Lopez Londono, reputedly one of the most notorious cocaine traffickers in the Americas.

Artistic dissent alive in Russia despite crackdown

Moscow - Clad in a rather unpresidential blue parka and jeans, Roman Roslovtsev unfurls a rubber mask of Vladimir Putin and pulls it over his head. He then holds up his protest poster and walks towards the Kremlin.

Brexit leader Johnson wins 'insulting Erdogan poetry prize'

London - Leading Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson has won a British prize that called for rude poems about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in solidarity with a German comedian facing prosecution for doing the same.

European court quizzes Italy over Amanda Knox murder trial

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights said Wednesday it has asked Italy to respond to accusations of unfair treatment by Amanda Knox, acquitted last year of her British housemate's gruesome murder.

German court bans public recital of anti-Erdogan poem

Hamburg - A court in the German city of Hamburg on Tuesday banned the author of a poem lampooning Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from publicly reciting passages from his work.

U.S. Supreme Court refers contraception coverage case to lower courts

Washington - The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that lower courts should decide how the government can provide free insurance coverage for contraception to women working for some religious groups.
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