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US liquor heiress pleads guilty in sex cult case

New York - Clare Bronfman, heiress to the Seagram liquor fortune, pleaded guilty Friday to her role in a secretive society of women sex slaves.

US declassifies Argentina coup files in largest ever handover

Washington - The United States handed thousands of documents Friday to Argentina on disappearances by the former US-backed military dictatorship, completing Washington's biggest-ever transfer of documents to another government.

Pro-migrant Italian mayor charged with setting up fake marriages

Rome - A high-profile pro-migrant mayor in populist-ruled Italy was ordered Thursday to face court over charges he set up fake marriages to help foreign women stay in the country after their asylum applications were rejected.

Khashoggi family denies settlement with Saudi govt

Dubai - The family of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi denied Wednesday being in talks to reach a settlement out of court with Saudi authorities following reports that his sons had taken payouts.

Global executions at lowest level in a decade: Amnesty

London - Executions fell worldwide by nearly a third last year to their lowest levels in at least a decade, but several countries recorded a rise, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Family of MH17 victim sues Russia banks, US money transfer companies

New York - The family of an American teenager killed aboard the MH17 flight launched a court case Thursday against Russian banks and US money transfer companies for helping to finance pro-Moscow separatists accused of shooting it down over Ukraine.

Crime and punishment: Ghosn case puts spotlight on Japan justice

Apo - The high-profile case of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, with its multiple twists and turns, has thrown a spotlight on the Japanese justice system, criticised by some as overly harsh and reliant on confessions.

Texas bars all clerics from execution chamber to bypass court ruling

Washington - Texas announced Wednesday it would no longer allow clerics into its execution chambers, to bypass a Supreme Court ruling that stayed a convict's capital punishment because no Buddhist monk was available to accompany him in his last moments.

Romania court lifts travel ban on ex-anti-graft chief

Bucharest - Romania's High Court on Wednesday revoked special measures introduced against magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become EU's first-ever top prosecutor, who last week was indicted on corruption charges."My appeal was admitted.

Seeking justice: the long hunt for Rwanda's killers

Kigali - The houses along the quiet tree-lined street look just like the normal homes found all across the Rwandan capital.

Top Venezuela court calls to strip Guaido's immunity

Caracas - Venezuela's top court called on the ruling Constituent Assembly Monday to strip opposition leader Juan Guaido of parliamentary immunity.

Three African migrants charged in Malta over oil tanker hijacking

Valletta - Maltese authorities charged three young African migrants on Saturday with committing an act of terrorism for hijacking a vessel that rescued them off the coast of Libya.

Favourite for top EU fraud job charged in Romania over graft

Bucharest - Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become the EU's first-ever top prosecutor, has been indicted on corruption charges, a judicial source told AFP.

Norway's justice minister resigns after faked threats

Oslo - Norway's Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara resigned on Thursday after his partner was formally suspected of staging attacks against the couple to give the impression they were living under threat.

Romanian president calls for referendum over justice reforms

Bucharest - Centre-right Romanian President Klaus Iohannis called Thursday for a referendum to be held on the left-wing government's controversial proposed justice reforms, which he himself opposes.

The Smollett hate crime case -- and why it won't go to trial

Washington - A television actor claims to be the victim of a racist, homophobic hate crime. Chicago police say he staged the whole thing. The chief prosecutor says she believes he is guilty.So why isn't the matter going to trial?

Monsanto ordered to pay $80 mn in Roundup cancer trial

San Francisco - Monsanto was ordered on Wednesday to pay some $80 million to an American retiree who blames his cancer on the agribusiness giant's weedkiller Roundup, in a case that could influence the outcome of thousands more like it.

Driver in Morocco deadly train crash guilty but walks free

Rabat - The driver of a passenger train that derailed and killed seven people in Morocco last year has been convicted of manslaughter but released on time already served, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Lithuania convicts Soviet-era officials of 1991 'war crimes'

Vilnius - A Lithuanian court on Wednesday convicted a former Soviet defence minister and dozens of other Russian citizens in absentia of war crimes over Moscow's deadly 1991 crackdown on the Baltic state's independence movement.

A world court on IS crimes: needed but unlikely

Beirut - A world court would offer a much-needed mechanism to address the Islamic State group's horrendous crimes but the path to its creation is fraught with obstacles, experts said.

US Supreme Court backs Sudan over USS Cole damages

Washington - The US Supreme Court overturned Tuesday a ruling ordering Sudan to pay damages to the families of 17 servicemen killed in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen.

Anti-Semitism 'deeply rooted' in German society: prosecutor

Berlin - More than 70 years after the end of the Holocaust, anti-Semitism remains entrenched in German society, Berlin's top legal expert on the matter says, admitting victims sometimes struggle to obtain justice.

Jailed Reuters reporters wait for Myanmar Supreme Court decision

Myanmar's Supreme Court on Tuesday finished hearings in an appeal case for two Reuters journalists, their lawyer said, as the defence team strives to overturn seven-year sentences on charges linked to reporting on the Rohingya crisis.

Gerrymandering back before the US Supreme Court

Washington - The US Supreme Court is set Tuesday to once more hear arguments on gerrymandering, the dark art of redrawing political boundaries to extract partisan advantage: a practice that is almost as old as the country itself.

Canadian ex-Guantanamo detainee completely free: court

Montr - A Canadian judge lifted Monday all remaining restrictions on former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, who had been the US detention center in Cuba's youngest prisoner after his 2002 capture in Afghanistan.

A thousand lawyers demonstrate for 'change' in Algeria

Alger - Around a thousand Algerian lawyers demonstrated Saturday in the capital calling for regime change in the North African country, where veteran President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid to stay in power has sparked weeks of protests.

Libya protesters demand release of Kadhafi-era spy chief

Tripoli - Relatives and supporters of Libya's Kadhafi-era intelligence chief, jailed for his alleged role in a bloody crackdown during the country's 2011 uprising, protested in Tripoli on Saturday to demand his release.

Accomplice of Paris attacks mastermind sentenced in Poland

Warsaw - A Moroccan accomplice of the suspected mastermind of the deadly 2015 terror attacks in Paris was sentenced to nearly four years in prison on Friday by a Polish court for belonging to the Islamic State group.Mourad T.

US woman sues Harvard over 'slave ancestor' pictures

New York - A US woman who says she is descended from slaves who were photographed in 1850 by a racist Harvard University professor on Wednesday sued the university over the "exploitation" of the images of her ancestors.

Karadzic trial to close, but Bosnia's divides remain open

Srebrenica - Widows of the Srebrenica massacre hope he will die in prison, while Bosnian Serbs have honoured Radovan Karadzic with a university dorm in his name.
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