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Witchcraft threatens Malawi albinos with extinction: UN expert

Lilongwe - Malawi's estimated 10,000 albinos face "systematic extinction" if they continue to be murdered for their body parts for use in witchcraft, a UN expert warned Friday.

Ex-SS Auschwitz guard, 94 tells court, 'I am truly sorry'

Berlin - A 94-year-old former SS guard on trial for complicity in 170,000 murders at Auschwitz broke his silence Friday for the first time since the war, telling victims: "I am truly sorry.

Russian artist on trial for torching security service HQ door

Moscow - Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky went on trial Thursday for setting fire to the door of the country's security service headquarters, a charge that risks three years in prison.

Sweden cuts sentence for doctor who held woman in bunker

Stockholm - A Swedish doctor who drugged and kidnapped a woman he planned to keep in a soundproof bunker for years had his prison sentence reduced on appeal Thursday, from 10 to eight years.

Costa Concordia captain shirks blame at Italy shipwreck appeal

Florence - Disgraced skipper Francesco Schettino Thursday began his battle to avoid prison for the 2012 cruise ship disaster off Italy in which 32 people died, his lawyers arguing that others should shoulder the blame.

Neo-Nazis on trial for plotting attack on refugee shelter

Munich - A group of neo-Nazis calling itself the "Old School Society" went on trial Wednesday in Germany charged with forming a terror group that planned attacks against an asylum seeker home.

French court jails 'dentist of horror' for eight years

Lyon - A French court on Tuesday sentenced a Dutch dentist to eight years in jail for deliberately mangling his patients' mouths in a case which saw him dubbed "the dentist of horror".

Turkish reporter in spy trial fined for 'insulting' Erdogan

Istanbul - Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of Turkey's leading opposition daily Cumhuriyet, was fined nearly 9,000 euros Monday for "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he was prime minister.

French court to rule in 'dentist of horror' case

Nevers - A French court will on Tuesday rule in the trial against a Dutchman dubbed "the dentist of horror", who is accused of causing severe injuries to dozens of patients.

Pilot jailed in Russia may return 'in weeks': Ukraine leader

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Sunday he hoped to see a Kiev-born pilot who received a 14-year jail sentence in Russia return home as part of a prisoner swap "in a few weeks".

Egypt court postpones Morsi espionage verdict

Cairo - An Egyptian court postponed on Saturday its verdict and sentence in the trial of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who is charged with spying for Qatar.

Turkey scholars freed as prosecutors seek to scale back charges

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Friday freed four academics from jail on the first day of their trial for spreading "terrorist propaganda", as prosecutors moved to scale back the charges against them.

Egypt cuts TV host's jail term over 'women are adulterous' slur

Cairo - A Cairo court on Wednesday reduced to three months a three-year sentence for a man imprisoned for saying many women in Egypt are adulterous, a judicial official said.

Head of German anti-Islam group on trial for hate speech

Dresden - The founder of Germany's xenophobic and anti-Islamic Pegida movement went on trial Tuesday on hate speech charges for allegedly branding refugees "cattle" and "scum" on social media.

Ukraine court jails alleged Russian soldiers, paving way for swap

Kiev - A Ukrainian court on Monday sentenced two alleged Russian soldiers to 14 years in prison for fighting in the rebel east, in a ruling that could prelude a swap for pilot Nadiya Savchenko jailed by Russia.

Police detain head of group that brought Spain's princess to trial

Madrid - Spanish police on Friday detained the head of a trade union that brought the high-profile tax evasion case against Princess Cristina for alleged extortion and other charges.

Belgium sets May 9 for failed Verviers plot trial

Brussels - Belgian judges on Friday set May 9 as the trial date for 16 people linked to a jihadist cell in the rust-belt town of Verviers that was dismantled by police in a deadly raid last year.

Anti-refugee knife man in court for slashing Cologne mayor

Berlin - Germany on Friday put on trial a man accused of stabbing Cologne's mayor in the neck in a suspected violent protest against her welcoming stance towards refugees.Frank S.

Moroccan man on trial in Germany for New Year's sex assault

Berlin - Germany put a 33-year-old Moroccan on trial for sexual assault Monday, the first man accused over a spate of such attacks at New Year's celebrations that shocked the country.

Attackers torch office of Ukraine judge in Russian troops' trial

Kiev - Unknown assailants on Friday threw Molotov cocktails and set alight the Kiev office of a Ukrainian judge overseeing the trial of two alleged Russian soldiers captured in the separate east.

Five sentenced for murder of Argentine singer in Guatemala

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan court on Thursday convicted and sentenced five men to prison for the 2011 murder of Argentine musician Facundo Cabral, who was hugely popular across Latin America.

Ex-Auschwitz guard dies a week before German trial: Court

Berlin - A 93-year-old former guard at Auschwitz has died one week before he was to stand trial in Germany, the court due to hear the case said Thursday.

I did not have sex with that priest, Vatican leaks trial told

Vatican City - An alleged night of sex at the centre of a controversial Vatican leaks trial never took place, accused former PR consultant Francesca Chaouqui told a Holy See court on Wednesday.

First UN soldiers on trial in C. Africa sex abuse scandal

Kinshasa - The first soldiers to face justice in a huge sex abuse scandal that has rocked the UN and France went on trial in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday.

Turkey's Erdogan rejects 'lessons in democracy' from West

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday lashed out at the West for giving Turkey "lessons in democracy", rejecting mounting US and EU criticism over an alleged clampdown on press freedoms under his rule.

Turkish reporters defiant over press freedom case

Istanbul - Two Turkish journalists accused of spying remained defiant on the second day of their trial Friday, in a case seen as a test of press freedom under the increasingly autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

ICC to rule next week on bid to throw out Kenya Ruto case

Den Haag - War crimes judges will rule on Tuesday whether to throw out a case brought against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto for his alleged role in post-election violence several years ago which left more than 1,300 dead.

Ex-head of Romania communist work camp jailed for 20 years

Bucharest - An 88-year-old Romanian communist-era labour camp commander was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday for crimes against humanity committed over half a century ago.

Somali pirates in French court over fatal hijacking

Paris - Seven suspected Somali pirates accused of hijacking a French yacht, killing its owner and putting his wife through a hellish kidnapping ordeal, appeared in a Paris court on Tuesday.

Five on trial in Guatemala for 2011 murder of Argentine singer

Guatemala City - Five men accused of the 2011 murder of an Argentine singer-songwriter-philosopher who had legions of fans across Latin America went on trial Monday in Guatemala's capital, after years of delays spurred by defense motions.
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