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Madagascar: four sentenced to hard labour for life over mob lynching

Antananarivo - A Madagascar court handed four men the maximum sentence Friday of hard labour for life over the mob lynching in 2013 of two Europeans and a local man, who were beaten and then burned on a beach.

Pistorius release delayed as victim's family to be consulted

Pretoria - The South African parole board on Friday again postponed a decision on whether to release Oscar Pistorius, saying that it would consult the family of his girlfriend whom he shot dead two years ago.

New S. African parole meeting to decide on Pistorius's release

Johanesburg - The South African parole board will meet Friday to reconsider whether to release Oscar Pistorius in the latest stage of a lengthy battle over the length of his jail sentence.

Pistorius ordered to undergo psychotherapy

Johanesburg - Paralympian star Oscar Pistorius will have to undergo psychotherapy, South Africa's parole review board said Tuesday after blocking his release from prison just 10 months into his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend.

AFP award recognises Thai journalist for recording lese-majeste cases

Hong Kong - Thai journalist Mutita Chuachang has won the 2015 Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize for her powerful and persistent reporting of royal defamation cases that have multiplied under the country's military rulers.

Pistorius to stay in jail as parole decision delayed

Johanesburg - Oscar Pistorius will stay in jail after a decision to grant him parole was again delayed Monday, his lawyer told AFP, in a long battle over whether he should be released early from a prison sentence for killing his girlfriend.

Paralympian star Pistorius parole back under review after delays

Johanesburg - A South African parole board is due to meet Monday to determine whether Paralympian star Oscar Pistorius should be released early from a prison sentence for killing his girlfriend.

Greek neo-Nazi lawmaker 'approved' rapper's murder: Mother

Atenas - A leading Greek neo-Nazi parliamentarian "approved" the murder of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas in 2013, the victim's mother told a court on Friday.

Spanish woman tells court she did not kill adopted Chinese girl

Madrid - A Spanish mother accused with her ex-husband of drugging and suffocating their adopted Chinese daughter denied they gave the child sedatives, in a tearful first testimony at their trial Thursday.

Ukrainian pilot tells court she was smuggled into Russia at gunpoint

Russia - Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, on trial for the murder of two Russian journalists, said Tuesday she was captured by pro-Kremlin separatists and then smuggled into Russia by armed, masked men.

Deadly neo-Nazi attack on Greek rapper was 'professional': father

Atenas - The fatal stabbing of a Greek anti-fascist rapper by a neo-Nazi supporter in 2013 that shocked the country was a "professional" attack, his father told court on Tuesday.

Ukraine opens high-stakes trial of captured Russians

Kiev - Ukraine on Tuesday launched the criminal trial of two captured Russian soldiers it claims will prove Moscow's direct but covert involvement in the conflict in the war-torn former Soviet state.

German court convicts Rwandan rebel leaders in landmark trial

Stuttgart - A German court Monday sentenced two Rwandan rebel leaders to long jail terms for masterminding massacres in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo from their homes in Germany, capping a trial hailed by the UN as a breakthrough.

Zimbabwean behind Cecil hunt due back in court

Hwange - The trial of professional Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst, who led the expedition that killed Cecil the lion, is due to start Monday but his lawyers say they will attempt to have the case thrown out of court.

Rwandan rebels' verdict due in 'breakthrough' German trial

Berlin - A German court will rule Monday on a long-running case against two Rwandan Hutu leaders accused of masterminding from their homes in Germany massacres in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jazeera journalists walk free in Egypt after Sisi pardon

Cairo - Canadian Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy and colleague Baher Mohamed walked free after being pardoned along with scores of others Wednesday by Egypt's president, following criticism of his government for jailing opponents.

Oscar Pistorius' appeal hearing set for November 3

Johanesburg - The South African state's appeal to have Oscar Pistorius convicted of murder instead of culpable homicide will be heard on November 3, officials said Tuesday, as the Paralympian waits to be released on parole.

Ukraine helicopter pilot slams 'lies' as murder trial starts in Russia

Ukrainian airforce helicopter pilot Nadiya Savchenko on Tuesday blasted Russian prosecution 'lies' against her at the start of a trial over the murder of two journalists that has caused outrage in Kiev and the West.

Ex-Auschwitz worker, 91, accused of complicity in 260,000 WWII murders

Berlin - A 91-year-old woman who worked at Auschwitz has been accused of complicity in the murders of at least 260,000 Jews during World War II, the German news agency DPA said Monday.

Italian prosecutors want eight months for writer tried for sabotage

Turin - Italian prosecutors called Monday for Erri de Luca, a writer on trial for inciting criminal damage to a controversial high-speed rail link through the Alps, to be thrown behind bars for eight months.

Romanian PM shuns first graft hearing, faces no confidence vote

Bucharest - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta did not attend the first hearing in his corruption trial Monday but said he was prepared to testify, as the opposition piled on the pressure by pushing for a vote of no confidence against him.

Romania PM's corruption trial to start Monday: Report

Bucharest - The corruption trial of Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta will begin on Monday, state news agency Agerpress said on Friday.

Pistorius hopes for parole as panel reviews case

Johanesburg - A South Africa parole board was meeting Friday to determine if champion Paralympian Oscar Pistorius should leave jail, weeks after the justice minister blocked his release.

Romanian PM Victor Ponta facing graft trial

Bucharest - Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta is be tried for corruption, anti-graft prosecutors said Thursday -- the first head of the country's government ever to be put in the dock while still in office.

Kuwait court sentences 7 to death for Shiite mosque bombing

Kuwait City - A Kuwaiti court sentenced seven men to death on Tuesday, five of them in absentia, for their roles in a deadly Shiite mosque bombing claimed by the Islamic State group.

Khmer Rouge cadres held killing competitions, court hears

Phnom Penh - Guards at a Khmer Rouge death camp held competitions to see how many prisoners they could murder in an hour, a court heard Monday, the latest harrowing testimony at the trial of two top regime leaders.

Serbia charges 8 over Srebrenica massacre

Belgrade - Serbia's war crimes prosecutor on Thursday charged eight men with participation in the 1995 slaughter of some 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica, the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II.

Senegal trial hears grim torture methods of Habre regime

Dakar - Prosecutors in Senegal spelled out on Tuesday some of the cruel abuses meted out to detainees of Chadian ex-dictator Hissene Habre's brutal regime, including the infamous "Arbatachar" torture method.

Italy's top court says Knox investigation had 'major flaws'

Rome - Italy's high court said on Monday that the investigation into the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, of which American Amanda Knox was convicted but acquitted on appeal, had "major flaws".

Iranian official hints at prisoner swap for U.S. reporter

Washington - The speaker of Iran's parliament hinted in a US radio interview at the possibility of a prisoner swap to free detained Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian.
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