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French ex-PM Balladur on trial over 'Karachi affair' kickbacks

Paris - Former French prime minister Edouard Balladur goes on trial Tuesday on charges that he used kickbacks from arms deals in the 1990s to fund a presidential bid, a case known as the "Karachi affair".

Phil Spector, pop producer convicted of murder, dead at 81

Los Angeles - Phil Spector, who revolutionized 1960s pop music with his "Wall of Sound" production technique but who was imprisoned in 2009 for murder, has died at age 81, authorities said Sunday.

Cambodian union leader stands trial for 'incitement'

Phnom Penh - An outspoken union leader went on trial in Cambodia on Friday for alleged incitement, the latest in a series of court cases activists say are aimed at cracking down on opposition voices.

Nissan whistleblower testifies at Ghosn aide trial

Apo - A whistleblower at Nissan told a Tokyo court on Thursday he had been instructed to find ways of boosting the retirement benefits of the fugitive former chairman Carlos Ghosn.

Bodies on the road: prosecutor's lifelong mafia fight

Rome - For Nicola Gratteri, the lead prosecutor in Italy's largest anti-mafia trial in more than 30 years, the fight against the mob has always been a personal issue.

Major Italian mafia trial kicks off with hundreds in dock

Italy's largest mafia trial in more than 30 years opened Wednesday, as prosecutors seek to strike a blow against the 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate, whose tentacles reach worldwide.

Diamond magnate accused of telling tales at graft trial

Geneva - Diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz was accused of telling "tall tales" on Tuesday at his trial in Geneva, where he is accused of corruption linked to mining deals in Guinea.

Israeli magnate starts corruption trial in Switzerland

Geneva - The trial of French-Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz over corruption allegations linked to mining deals in Guinea opened in Geneva on Monday with judges rejecting his lawyer's demands for procedural changes.

Five things to know about Italy's 'Ndrangheta mafia

Rome - The 'Ndrangheta, rooted in the southern region of Calabria, has surpassed Sicily's more famous Cosa Nostra to become Italy's most powerful mafia group, which operates across the world.

From 'Wolf' to 'Wringer': Italian mobsters face 'maxi-trial'

Rome - Hundreds of suspected members of the 'Ndrangheta, Italy's most powerful mafia group, will face a judge this week as the country's biggest "maxi-trial" of the past three decades gets underway.

Israeli magnate faces corruption charges in Geneva over Guinea deals

Geneva - After a drawn-out international investigation, French-Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz goes on trial in Geneva Monday over allegations of corruption linked to mining deals in Guinea.

Israeli magnate set for corruption trial in Geneva

Geneva - After a drawn-out international investigation, French-Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz will go on trial in Geneva next week over allegations of corruption linked to mining deals in Guinea.

Ten to face trial for 2016 Brussels bombings

Apo - Ten suspects will go on trial over the 2016 Brussels bombings, Belgium's worst peace-time atrocity that left 32 dead, a court source told AFP on Tuesday.

Belgian judges to decide on trial for attack suspects

Apo - Belgian judges will decide on Tuesday whether to send a dozen suspected jihadist extremists to trial for their alleged roles in the March 2016 Brussels bombings.

Algerian jailed for 3 years for political protest memes

Alger - A supporter of Algeria's Hirak protest movement was sentenced to three years in jail Monday for satirical social media posts mocking the government and religion, sparking condemnation from rights groups.

French trial probes 'revenge' kidnapping of elderly hotel heiress

Nice - An aggrieved Italian restaurant manager, a hard-up British ex-soldier and a private detective are among 13 people who went on trial in France Monday over the kidnapping of a millionaire hotel heiress.

Russian historian sentenced to 12.5 years for butchering lover

Sanktpeterburg - A Russian historian and Napoleon enthusiast was sentenced to 12-and-a-half-years in prison for murdering and dismembering his young lover last year.

Turkey hands exiled journalist 27-year jail sentence

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced the exiled former editor-in-chief of the Cumhuriyet daily to more than 27 years in jail on espionage and terror charges for one of the reputable paper's stories.

Japan's top court offers retrial hope for 'longest' death row inmate

Apo - Japan's highest court has overturned a ruling blocking the retrial of a man described as the world's longest-serving death row inmate, raising new hope for the 84-year-old, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Two guilty in UK over Vietnamese migrant deaths

London - Two people were found guilty on Monday of manslaughter and people smuggling over the gruesome discovery of 39 dead Vietnamese migrants in the back of a lorry in England last year.

German man gets life in prison for deadly anti-Semitic rampage

Magdeburg - A German court on Monday handed down a life sentence to a neo-Nazi behind a deadly attack last year that nearly became the country's worst anti-Semitic atrocity since World War II.

Turkish court keeps rights defender Kavala in jail

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Friday ordered civil society leader Osman Kavala to remain in jail pending trial on charges that rights groups say are part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bid to stifle dissent.

'They're telling me I killed a cop,' US student in Rome told mother

Rome - The US student who admitted stabbing a policeman in Rome last year was shaking and crying inside a police station after learning the attack was fatal, his mother testified Thursday at his trial.

French court jails Moroccan for life over foiled 2015 train attack

Paris - A French court on Thursday jailed for life a Moroccan man who planned a terror attack on a Paris-bound international train in 2015 but was thwarted by passengers including off-duty US soldiers.

Verdict due over foiled Paris train attack

Paris - A French court was set Thursday to give its verdict against a Moroccan man charged with planning a terror attack on a Paris-bound international train, only to be thwarted passengers including off-duty US soldiers.

Iran executes opposition figure Ruhollah Zam

Tehran - Iran authorities on Saturday executed Ruhollah Zam, a former opposition figure who had lived in exile in France and was implicated in anti-government protests, days after his sentence was upheld.

California to bring antitrust lawsuit against Google

Washington - California will join the US government and 11 other states in bringing lawsuits against Google for abusing its market dominance, the state's top prosecutor said Friday.

Iran executes opposition figure Ruhollah Zam

Tehran - Iran on Saturday executed Ruhollah Zam, a former opposition figure who had lived in exile in France and was implicated in anti-government protests, state television said.

Trial over deadly Paris jihadist attacks to begin late 2021

Paris - The trial of 20 people charged over the November 13, 2015 jihadist attacks in Paris that were France's deadliest peacetime atrocity will get underway in late 2021, sources close to the case and prosecutors said on Friday.

French court to rule in ex-president Sarkozy's corruption trial

Paris - The court in the landmark corruption trial of French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy will deliver its verdict on March 1, 2021.The trial wrapped up on Thursday evening after the last of the defence was concluded.
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