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Turkey detains pro-Kurdish news editor over tweets: channel

Istanbul - Turkish authorities on Saturday detained the chief news editor of a pro-Kurdish television channel over tweets posted on his account, the broadcaster said, as concern grows over freedom of expression in the country.

Dance ban pulls rug from under Buenos Aires partygoers

Buenos Aires - A party-pooper Argentine judge on Friday banned all "commercial dancing with live or recorded music" in Buenos Aires, possibly making even wedding receptions illegal.

Gallery of fake paintings opens in Argentina

Buenos Aires - The paintings in Buenos Aires' newest gallery may look like the work of great artists, but they are actually rip-offs -- and the exhibition's organizers want you to know it.

Protest planned to support Argentine woman jailed for miscarriage

Buenos Aires - Women's and abortion rights groups will march Thursday demanding the release of a woman sentenced to eight years in jail following a miscarriage.

Germany opens files on Nazi paedophile sect in Chile

Berlin - Germany is declassifying its files on Colonia Dignidad, a sect in Chile run by a Nazi paedophile, Germany's foreign minister said Tuesday, admitting the diplomatic service's failure to stop the abuses.

LuxLeaks whistleblowers go on trial

Luxembourg - Three Frenchmen went on trial in Luxembourg accused of an "incredible" document leak that exposed huge tax breaks for major global companies, in an issue brought sharply into focus by the Panama Papers scandal.

U.S. Supreme Court ruling on assets amounts to theft: Iran

Tehran - Iran said Thursday that the US Supreme Court's decision to deduct $2 billion from Tehran's frozen assets to compensate American victims of terror attacks amounted to theft.

Will US secrecy laws boost the death penalty?

Washington - America stands alone among Western nations for its use of the death penalty, but the number of prisoners it executes has slowed to a trickle in recent years -- partly due to a lack of drugs.

U.S. Supreme Court says terror victims can collect $2bn from Iran

Washington - The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Iran must hand over nearly $2 billion in frozen assets to survivors and relatives of those killed in attacks blamed on the Islamic republic.

Rough justice in Burkina as vigilantes dole out lashes

Ouagadougou - Francois Kabore, a village militia chief in central Burkina Faso, grins as he watches five men ride up on a motorbike and tricycle and throw two criminal suspects in their clutches to the ground.

Obama's immigration plan faces uncertainty in court test

Washington - President Barack Obama's plan to delay deportation for nearly half of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants was fraught with uncertainty Monday, as US Supreme Court justices signaled deep divisions.

China sets death penalty threshold in corruption cases

Bejing - Corruption cases involving three million yuan ($463,000) or more may incur the death penalty in future, Chinese authorities ruled Monday, signalling that officials could be executed for graft.

U.S. high court takes up explosive immigration fight

Washington - The US Supreme Court weighs a major immigration case Monday that could impact the fate of millions of people facing possible deportation and further raise the stakes in the 2016 White House race.

Guatemalan ex-president linked to new corruption case

Guatemala City - Former Guatemalan president Otto Perez, who is in jail awaiting trial on corruption allegations, now also faces charges of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from a Spanish port company.

Five jailed in Turkey for 'insulting' Erdogan: Report

Istanbul - Five men have been jailed in Turkey for "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports, one of several such cases that have intensified alarm over the country's slide towards authoritarianism.

Relatives of Germanwings crash victims sue suicide pilot's U.S. school

New York - Relatives whose loved ones died last year when a Germanwings pilot deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps filed a wrongful death suit Wednesday against the US flight school that trained him.

Race and the death penalty in U.S. spotlight

Washington - Advocates for two African Americans on death row for murder are seeking a reprieve for both men on the grounds their trials were tainted by racial bias, taking their campaigns all the way to the US Supreme Court.

Ukraine pilot Savchenko 'risks developing fatal blood clot'

Moscow - Medical tests on a jailed Ukrainian pilot on hunger strike show her blood is thickening, putting her at risk of developing a blood clot which could kill her, her lawyers said Monday.

Colombia court paves way for same-sex marriage

Estanzuela - Colombia took a major step towards legalizing same-sex marriage when the constitutional court dismissed a petition that wanted to deny equal rights for heterosexual and homosexual couples.

U.S. court approves $20 bn BP oil spill settlement

Washington - A US judge has signed off on the British oil giant BP's deal to pay over $20 billion to settle litigation from the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

German court dismisses charges over Love Parade disaster

Berlin - A German court on Tuesday threw out criminal charges stemming from a catastrophic stampede at a Love Parade street party in 2010 that killed 21 people, in a ruling that enraged victims' families.

Brazil top court votes to remove Lula case from corruption judge

Bras - Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday issued an interim ruling removing a politically explosive case against former president Luiz Lula Inacio da Silva from a crusading corruption judge.

S. Korea constitutional court upholds strict anti-prostitution law

Seoul - South Korea's Constitutional Court on Thursday upheld a strict anti-prostitution law that punishes individual women who trade sex for money.

Assange could leave Ecuador embassy this year: Lawyer

Guatemala City - Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder holed up in Ecuador's London embassy, could leave his refuge before the end of this year, a high-profile former Spanish judge who leads his legal team told AFP on Wednesday.

U.S. top court floats bid for compromise on contraception

Washington - The US Supreme Court looked to be seeking compromise on how the government can provide free insurance coverage for contraception to women working for some religious groups.

U.S. honors 'International Women of Courage'

Washington - The United States issued awards Tuesday to 14 lawyers, activists, humanitarians and reformers said to represent "International Women of Courage.

Thai police to revive Red Bull heir hit-and-run case

Bangkok - Thai authorities said Tuesday they are still pursuing a legal case against the heir to the Red Bull fortune over a deadly hit-and-run four years ago, as public frustration grows about impunity for the elite.

Man who brought gun to U.S. Capitol faces assault, weapons charges

Washington - The armed man shot by police at the US Capitol visitor center has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a police officer while armed, officials in Washington said on Tuesday.

Guatemala's ex-president to find out later if going to trial

Guatemala City - Guatemala's former president Otto Perez will find out at a later date if he is going to trial on corruption charges after a judge suspended a decision that was to be handed down on Monday.

Mexico embraces U.S.-style trials to fight impunity

Cuernavaca - It was once unthinkable in Mexico: A courtroom open to the public, with a prosecutor presenting evidence against murder suspects in a deadpan tone while a lawyer argues against it.
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