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Amnesty says Turkey chair to be released from Izmir jail

Istanbul - An Istanbul court on Wednesday ordered the release of Amnesty International's Turkey chair who has spent more than a year in jail over alleged links to the 2016 failed coup, the rights group said.

Dutch MPs moot plan to counter 'baffling' court speak

Den Haag - Progressive Dutch lawmakers Tuesday presented an action plan aimed at untangling notoriously complicated legal jargon and court language used by local judges, said to be "incomprehensible" to parts of the population.

Experts see hope after fresh spate of Latin American corruption scandals

Montevideo - With huge new scandals rocking the political elite in Argentina and Peru, and several former Central American presidents in court, Latin America is once again being buffeted by a wave of corruption.

Rights groups slam Egypt 5 years after deadly protest crackdown

Beirut - Global rights groups have slammed Egyptian authorities for failing to prosecute members of the security forces over a bloody 2013 crackdown on protesters that left hundreds dead.

Israeli teen moons former Nazi German death camp

Warsaw - Polish police on Monday said they had detained an Israeli teenager after security cameras caught him exposing his rear at the former Nazi German death camp Majdanek.

Disinherited musician Jean-Michel Jarre scales up challenge over father's will

Paris - Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, who has mounted a legal challenge after being disinherited by his Hollywood composer father, said Friday he will take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.

Three Congo soldiers walk free after 'mass murder' convictions

Libreville - A court in the Republic of Congo jailed three soldiers for three years for "mass murder" during a peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic, but the convicts have been freed, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Ivory Coast leader announces amnesty for Simone Gbagbo and 800 others

Abidjan - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Monday announced amnesties for around 800 people, including former first lady Simone Gbagbo who is currently behind bars, in the name of national reconciliation.

Iran forex chief arrested in tense build-up to sanctions return

Tehran - The Iranian central bank's top foreign exchange official has been arrested, the judiciary said Sunday, as tensions rise ahead of the imminent return of US sanctions.

ETA member leaves Spanish prison after 30 years

Madrid - A key ETA member on Sunday left jail in Spain after 30 years behind bars for his role in attacks by the Basque separatists, including their deadliest ever, prison authorities said.

In Argentina, a corruption scandal built on 8 spiral notebooks

Buenos Aires - A businessman who has admitted paying "contributions to election campaigns" during the presidencies of Nestor and Cristina Kirchner could testify in a major corruption case roiling Argentina's political and business worlds.

Ex-Guatemala president, arrested over graft, leaves detention

Guatemala City - Former Guatemalan president Alvaro Colom, arrested in February over corruption allegations, left preventative detention Friday night after his bond was paid, the state penitentiary system said.

Turkey court jails nine for life over 2015 Ankara bombing

Ankara - An Ankara court on Friday handed multiple life sentences to nine suspects convicted over the October 2015 bombing on a peace rally outside the capital's train station, the deadliest attack in Turkey's modern history.

Turkey dismisses US 'threats, sanctions' over detained pastor

Fpo - Turkey and the US failed to resolve the diplomatic standoff over a detained pastor on Friday, with Ankara's foreign minister warning that sanctions and threats would not work.

Pompeo, Turkish FM meet as tensions grow over detained pastor

Fpo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday in an attempt to stave off a diplomatic crisis between Washington and Ankara over the detention of an American pastor in Turkey.

US slaps sanctions on Turkey ministers as pastor row ramps up

Washington - The United States on Wednesday hit two top Turkish officials with sanctions over the ongoing detention of an American pastor facing terror charges, heaping pressure on Ankara to release the prisoner fueling a bitter diplomatic feud.

US slaps sanctions on Turkey justice, interior ministers over detained pastor

Washington - The US Treasury Department on Wednesday hit Turkey's justice and interior ministers with sanctions over the case of an American pastor being tried on terror charges.

Turkey court rejects appeal for US pastor's release

Ankara - A Turkish court on Tuesday rejected an appeal to release from house arrest a US pastor whose detention on terror-related charges has strained relations between NATO allies Ankara and Washington.

Turkey court rejects appeal for US pastor's release

Ankara - A Turkish court on Tuesday rejected an appeal to release from house arrest a US pastor whose detention on terror-related charges has strained relations between NATO allies Ankara and Washington, state media reported.

Turkey lawyer appeals to court to release US pastor

Ankara - The Turkish lawyer for a US pastor at the centre of a diplomatic row between NATO allies Ankara and Washington on Monday appealed to a court for his client's release.

Turkey's Erdogan warns US over sanctions threat

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdoganwarned the US in comments published Sunday that sanctions would not force Ankara to "step back" after Donald Trump threatened to punish Turkey if a US pastor was not freed.

Iran approves release of protest leaders Mousavi, Karroubi: family

Tehran - Iran's top security body has approved the release of opposition figures Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for seven years for leading mass protests in 2009, a family member told local media.

Peru sets referendum to 'legitimize' reforms after scandal

- Peru will hold a referendum to "legitimize" judicial reforms, including the creation of an anti-corruption office and sanctions on corrupt judges and lawyers, following reports of judges offering lenient sentences for a price, President Martin Vizcarra...

Thousands protest disputed judicial reforms in Poland

Warsaw - Thousands of anti-government protesters hit streets across Poland on Thursday night to rally against a string of judicial reforms that the EU has dubbed a threat to judicial independence and the rule of law.

Trump demands Turkey 'immediately' release US pastor

Washington - US President Donald Trump demanded Thursday that Turkey free a detained American pastor, warning Washington was ready to impose "large sanctions" against its NATO ally.

Trump demands Turkey 'immediately' release US pastor

Washington - President Donald Trump on Thursday demanded Turkey free a detained American pastor, warning the United States was ready to impose "large sanctions" against its NATO ally.

EU member states can refuse arrest warrants: ECJ

Luxembourg - The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Wednesday authorised EU members to refuse arrest warrants issued by Poland if they doubt defendants will get a fair trial there.

Turkey approves new 'anti-terror' law to replace emergency

Ankara - The Turkish parliament on Wednesday approved a new "anti-terror" law that strengthens the authorities' powers in detaining suspects and imposing public order after a two-year state of emergency ended last week, state news agency Anadolu reported.

Turkey puts jailed US pastor under house arrest: state media

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Wednesday ruled to place an American pastor under house arrest after he spent almost two years imprisoned on terror-related charges, state media said, in a case that has raised tensions with the United States.

EU judges offer no 'break' in Kit Kat trademark war

Luxembourg - The European Union's top court on Wednesday ordered the EU's intellectual property office to "reconsider" Kit Kat's bloc-wide trademark, prolonging Nestle's decade-long battle to claim exclusive rights over the chocolate bar's distinctive shape.
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