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Philippine court orders arrest of top Duterte critic

Senator Leila De Lima, one of the most outspoken critics of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, was on Thursday ordered arrested on illegal drug charges by a Philippine court.

Denmark to charge man with blasphemy over burning Koran

Danish prosecutors said Wednesday they have opened a rare blasphemy case against a man who videotaped himself burning a copy of the Koran.

German court rules against automatic refugee status for Syrians

Syrians fleeing the multi-sided civil war in their home country do not have an automatic right to refugee status under the Geneva Convention, a German court ruled Tuesday.

Zagreb businessman goes on retrial for causing accident at sea

Zagreb businessman Tomislav Horvatincic (70) on Monday went on retrial for causing an accident at sea five and a half years ago in which an Italian couple were killed.

Sweden sentences Syrian man to life over killing of Syrian soldiers

A Swedish court on Thursday sentenced a Syrian man to life imprisonment over his involvement in the 2012 killing of seven captive Syrian government soldiers.

Samsung's de facto boss hit by second arrest warrant

For the second time in a matter of weeks, South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday applied for an arrest warrant for the vice chairman of electronics giant Samsung, Lee Jae Yong.

Pakistani court bans Valentine’s Day celebrations in public

A Pakistani court on Monday issued a ruling against observing Valentine’s Day in public places across the country.

Bosnian courts deliver over 300 guilty verdicts in war crimes cases

Since the end of the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the country's courts have delivered over 300 guilty verdicts for war crimes, and many reported cases still await processing as at least 6,000 people are under investigation, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) says, citing data gathered by the country's High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council.

Turkey arrests alleged New Year's night club attacker

Turkish authorities have remanded in custody the man accused of the deadly New Year's attack on an Istanbul night club, state-run Anadolu news agency reported Saturday. 

French farmer gets token sentence for helping migrants cross border

A farmer from southern France, who had sought to aid migrants, escaped with a token sentence on Friday after being convicted of helping undocumented immigrants cross into the country from Italy, his lawyer said.

Kenyan court blocks government decision to close huge refugee camp

Kenya's High Court on Thursday ruled that the government's plan to close the world's largest refugee camp was unconstitutional, according to court documents seen by dpa.

Irish court hears challenge to Facebook's EU data transfer to US

A case that could settle whether Facebook can continue to send EU citizens' data to the United States should be referred to the European Court of Justice, argued the Irish government Tuesday as deliberations began in the High Court in Dublin.

Largest rallies since Ceausescu call on Romanian cabinet to resign

Romania's one-month-old government on Sunday scrapped a controversial decree on corruption, buckling under the pressure from demonstrations, only to find itself facing the largest protest so far, this time calling for resignations.

Eleven suspects remanded in custody over Istanbul night club attack

A Turkish court has remanded in custody 11 suspects accused of involvement in the attack on an Istanbul night club on January 1, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Saturday.

Romanians rally for third day against weakened anti-corruption laws

Tens of thousands of Romanians took to the streets across the country for the third day on Thursday to protest a decree, passed by the new government, that weakens anti-corruption laws.

Mass protest against Romania's new government turns violent

Four police and two demonstrators sustained minor injuries after a mass protest turned violent in front of the Romanian parliament in Bucharest on Wednesday night, police said.

Zimbabwe police arrest prominent social media campaigner

Zimbabwe police arrested a pastor who gained international attention with a social media protest against President Robert Mugabe, a human rights lawyer said Wednesday.

Greece extends detention of Turkish pilots pending asylum decision

Eight Turkish soldiers who applied for asylum in Greece after fleeing Turkey following a coup attempt in July must remain under temporary police custody, an Athens court ruled Wednesday.

EU warns Romania not to backtrack on fighting corruption

Romania should not backtrack on its efforts to fight corruption, the European Commission said Wednesday, warning that the country's newly approved decree decriminalizing certain abuse of power offences was of "great concern."

EU justice commissioner wants US reassurance on data protection deal

The European Union needs reassurance from the new US administration that an existing arrangement on protecting transatlantic data flows will continue, EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said on Friday.

Serbian citizens admit involvement in terrorism attack in Montenegro

Three Serbian citizens, suspected of having taken part in an attempted coup d'etat in Montenegro on 16 October 2016 and arrested on a Montenegrin warrant, have been released after striking a deal with the prosecution, pleading guilty and agreeing to a five-month prison sentence, the media in Podgorica reported Friday.

Greek Supreme Court blocks extradition of Turkish soldiers

Eight Turkish soldiers who sought asylum in Greece after a failed coup in the summer may not be extradited back to Turkey, the Greek Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, with Ankara quickly protesting the decision.

Trump Organization: President has no more role in businesses

Newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump, a New York-based real estate mogul and investor, has relinquished all involvement in his businesses, The Trump Organization said Monday.

Lawsuit accuses Trump of violating Constitution with foreign business

Newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump's failure to fully divest from his businesses is allowing him to illegally profit from foreign government, alleged a non-governmental watchdog group as it filed a lawsuit Monday.

Romanian president joins thousands in anti-government rally

Thousands of Romanians were joined by President Klaus Iohannis in a street protest in Bucharest on Sunday against plans by the government to relax anti-corruption laws.

Woman sues Trump for defamation over alleged sexual advances

A former contestant on the reality television show "The Apprentice" on Tuesday filed a defamation lawsuit against US president-elect Donald Trump.

Turkish prosecutor seeks up to 142 years in jail for Kurdish leader

A Turkish prosecutor is seeking up to 142 years behind bars for Selahattin Demirtas, the leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), the third-largest party in parliament, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Tuesday.

Report: EU anti-terrorism measures discriminate, "strip away" rights

Sweeping counter-terrorism laws introduced by several EU member states are disproportionate and undermine fundamental freedoms, according to a report by human rights watchdog published Tuesday.

No ban for Germany's far-right NPD, Constitutional Court rules

The Constitutional Court of Germany has rejected a bid by lawmakers to ban the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD), with judges ruling that - while its policies may be racist and unpalatable - the party poses no threat due to dwindling influence.

Zimbabwean pastor arrested after prophesying Mugabe's death

A prominent Zimbabwean pastor was arrested Monday after prophesying that President Robert Mugabe, 92, will die on October 17 this year, police and the pastor's lawyer said.

South Korean prosecutors request arrest warrant for Samsung heir

South Korean prosecutors on Monday requested the arrest of Samsung heir Lee Jae Yong on corruption charges linked to the ever-widening scandal surrounding President Park Guen Hye, local media reported.

S Korea investigation: Charges against Samsung head likely by Sunday

Investigators say they will decide by Sunday whether to seek the arrest of the de facto head of Samsung on corruption charges linked to the ever-widening scandal surrounding South Korean President Park Guen Hye, reports national media.

US inspector general launches review of FBI actions on Clinton emails

The US Department of Justice inspector general said Thursday he is launching an investigation of how the department and the FBI handled a probe of Hillary Clinton's private email server ahead of the presidential election.

Breivik says prison isolation made him "more radical"

Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik says he has become "more radical" during the roughly five years he has spent isolated in incarceration.

Court demands grounds for ban on female readers at key Jerusalem site

Jewish reform groups welcomed a ruling by Israel's highest court on Wednesday, which called for an explanation on why women are forbidden from reading the Torah at a Jerusalem holy site.

Thailand moves closer to death penalty for corrupt politicians

Thailand on Monday moved one step closer to approving the death penalty for politicians found guilty of corruption.

India court bars parties from using religion, caste in seeking votes

Politicians may not use references to religion or caste when seeking votes, ruled India's Supreme Court on Monday, weighing in on a clutch of petitions dating back to the 1990s.

Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse agree to huge fines in US mortgage probe

Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse have agreed to settle investigations into the fraudulent sale of mortgage-backed securities by paying 7.2 billion dollars and 5.3 billion respectively in the United States, the major German and Swiss banks said Friday.

Over 70 confirmed dead after drinking bath essence in Russia

Seventy-two people in the past week have died from drinking alcohol-based bath essence in the Siberian region of Irkutsk, local authorities said Thursday in the latest update to a rising death toll.

11 detained over Russian bath essence poisoning as death toll rises

Eleven people in the Siberian city of Irkutsk have been detained amid a rising death toll from locals drinking berry-scented bath essence, authorities said Wednesday.

Swedish court hears slander case filed by footballer Ibrahimovic

Lawyers for footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed Monday that the former coach of Sweden's athletics team slandered the footballer during a one-day trial in a Swedish court.

Italy court issues first-ever "foreign fighter" terrorism conviction

An Italian woman who has moved to Syria to join Islamic State was convicted of terrorism and jailed for nine years on Monday, in the first-ever ruling handed in Italy against a so-called foreign fighter.

Milan mayor expected to step aside amid probe into Expo contracts

Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala is expected to announce Friday that he is temporarily stepping down because he has learned that he is under investigation for his work organizing the 2015 Expo world fair, according to local media reports.

Crimean treasures must go to Ukraine, not Russia, Dutch court rules

A trove of Crimean treasures loaned to the Netherlands for a 2014 museum exhibit must be returned to Ukraine, a Dutch court ruled Wednesday, defying warnings from Russia.

Italy jails Tunisian for 18 years for huge deadly migrant shipwreck

A Tunisian man accused of causing a huge migrant shipwreck last year, in which at least 700 people are believed to have died, was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years' imprisonment, in a landmark ruling by an Italian court.

Jakarta's Christian governor goes on trial in blasphemy case

The Christian governor of the Indonesian capital went on trial Tuesday to face charges of blasphemy over remarks perceived as insulting to Muslims. 

German energy firms entitled to damages for nuclear shutdown policy

German energy companies are entitled to "appropriate" compensation for the government's 2011 decision to rush ahead with the shutdown of nuclear power plants, the country's top court ruled Tuesday.

Report: Secret detentions used to extract confessions in China

The Chinese government still uses a secretive detention system called "shuanggui" to extract confessions from Communist Party members suspected of corruption, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Tuesday.

Cambodia opposition leader Kem Sokha receives royal pardon

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha has received a royal pardon, according to a palace statement that was made public Friday.

Prosecutor files first indictment against soldiers over Turkish coup

An Istanbul prosecutor filed a first indictment to a Turkish court over the failed July 15 coup, accusing 62 soldiers of involvement in the attempt, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Monday.

Justice ministry gets HRK 37.7 mn from EU funds for computerisation

Seven contracts from the IPA 2012 pre-accession programme worth HRK 37.7 million (EUR 5 million), which will help the Justice Ministry upgrade its computer system, were signed at the Central Finance and Contracting Agency (SAFU) on Monday.

Turkish court accepts terrorism charge against writer Asli Erdogan

A court in Istanbul on Wednesday accepted the state prosecutor's charge of membership in a terrorist organization against writer Asli Erdogan.

Trump agrees to 25-million-dollar settlement in Trump University case

US president-elect Donald Trump and prosecutors reached a 25-million-dollar settlement in the Trump University fraud case, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Friday.

Spain faces hefty EU fine for failing to process sewage correctly

Spain was threatened Thursday with a fine of more than 46.5 million euros (49.8 million dollars) for failing to enact EU rules on sewage treatment, the bloc's executive said, as it referred the issue to the European Union's top court.

Zimbabwe drops charges in killing of Cecil the lion

A Zimbabwe court has dropped charges against a professional hunter who helped a US trophy hunter kill a well-known lion near a national park in 2015.

Turkey seeks life in prison for writer Asli Erdogan

A state prosecutor in Turkey is demanding life imprisonment for writer Asli Erdogan who was arrested this year on terrorism charges for her work with a Kurdish newspaper, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Thursday.

Turkey formally arrests nine from opposition paper Cumhuriyet

Nine journalists, staff members and executives from Turkish opposition daily newspaper Cumhuriyet were formally arrested by a court pending trial, on terrorism-related charges, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Saturday.

Erdogan: Turkey will propose law to bring back death penalty

The Turkish government will "soon" propose a draft bill to parliament to reinstate the death penalty, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday in a televised speech from Ankara.

China arrests two citizen journalists during Communist Party plenum

Chinese police arrested two citizen journalists this week while an important Communist Party meeting is underway, an international press freedom watchdog said Wednesday.

Swedish court grounds camera-equipped drones

A Swedish court ruling stating that drones equipped with cameras should fall under legislation regulating surveillance cameras triggered protests Monday from media organizations, professional drone flyers and politicians.

Court approves closure of shops, eateries near Calais migrant camp

France's highest administrative court approved Wednesday the clearance of 72 stores and eateries in a makeshift migrant camp near the northern port city of Calais.

Britain moves to end "vexatious" human rights claims against troops

The British government on Tuesday announced measures to end "vexatious" claims against its troops, saying it planned to remove the application of some European human rights law to future conflicts.

Congress overrides Obama, allows terrorism victims to sue Saudis

The US Congress voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to override a veto by President Barack Obama on a bill that would allow the families of September 11, 2001, terrorist attack victims to sue the Saudi government.

Islamist handed 9-year sentence for war crime of Timbuktu destruction

The International Criminal Court has sentenced a former Islamist militant leader to nine years in prison for overseeing the destruction of the World Heritage Site of Timbuktu in the West African nation of Mali.

Top search engines to block sex-determination ads in India

Top search engines Google, Microsoft and Yahoo will block advertisements related to prenatal sex determination services following an order by India's Supreme Court, a news report said Monday.

Egypt freezes activists' assets over illegal foreign funding case

An Egyptian court upheld an order to freeze assets of five leading human rights campaigners on Saturday in a case related to claims of accepting foreign funds without government authorization.

New York opens investigation into Trump charity

The state of New York has opened an investigation into the Donald J Trump Foundation, a charity belonging to the Republican nominee for US president, the New York attorney general said Tuesday.

EU court bans automatic deportation of migrant convicts with children

Non-EU citizens with a criminal record cannot automatically be evicted from the bloc if they are the sole custodian of a child with a European nationality, the bloc's top court found Tuesday in two cases relating to Britain and Spain.

Court advisor slams EU, Canada flight data-sharing deal

A deal between the European Union and Canada to share airline passenger information is in breach of fundamental EU rights and should not be implemented as agreed, an advisor to the European Union's top court recommended Thursday.

Report: Snowden reveals how he evaded capture in Hong Kong

US whistleblower Edward Snowden and a network of lawyers and refugees who helped him hide in Hong Kong in 2013 provided never-before-heard details about his two weeks on the run in an article published Wednesday.

Danish tax authority pays source for names mentioned in Panama Papers

Denmark will pay an anonymous source for information about hundreds of Danish nationals mentioned in a data leak from a Panama-based law firm linked to tax-dodging schemes, the Danish minister of taxation said Wednesday.

Turkmenistan to permit checks of prison conditions

The authoritarian government of Turkmenistan has said it will allow foreign diplomats to examine its prisons after criticism from human rights organizations.

US prosecutors expand accusations against Bosch in VW scandal

US prosecutors have expanded their accusations against German parts supplier Bosch in the emissions scandal that has shaken up Volkswagen over the last year.

Germany arrests man suspected of planning local festival attack

A 27-year-old German man has been arrested on suspicion of "planning a terrorist act," police and a state official said Wednesday.

New Zealand court: Mega must reveal user details to Kazakh government

Cloud storage company Mega is to supply sensitive IP addresses and email contact details to the Kazakhstan government as early as next week, Radio New Zealand reported Wednesday.

Turkish prosecutor wants Kurdish politicians jailed for PKK support

A Turkish prosecutor is seeking a five-year prison sentence for two leaders of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish political party who spread "terrorist group propaganda" three years ago, the Dogan news agency reported Friday.

Minister: Germany to target "wealthy criminals" with driving bans

German drivers who are found guilty of a crime could lose their driving licences as part of plans set out by the justice minister to deter "wealthy criminals" unfazed by cash fines.

LuxLeaks whistleblower trial heads for appeal

A Luxembourg court ruling in the so-called LuxLeaks tax scandal will be revisited in its entirety, the state prosecution said Tuesday, after two men were sentenced for leaking documents that implicated hundreds of multinational firms in tax avoidance schemes.

US Supreme Court justice regrets remarks against Trump

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday that she regrets criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in a series of recent interviews.

EU, US launch controversial new data-sharing deal

The European Union and the United States are set to implement a new deal to protect transatlantic data flows, after the European Commission on Tuesday adopted the controversial agreement.

Sprlje: Mention of 20 judges in SOA report shows not entire justice system is corrupt

Justice Minister Ante Sprlje says that the mention of 20 judges as a national security threat in a report by the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) shows that not the entire justice system is corrupt, as is often perceived by the Croatian public, but that only a small circle of individuals may be a problem.

Brussels airport was a target long before attack, Belgian court finds

The Brussels international airport, where suicide bombers launched a deadly attack in March, had been a target in early 2015 already, a Belgian court found Tuesday, as it wrapped up a trial against a terrorist cell foiled more than 18 months ago.

LuxLeaks whistleblowers get suspended prison sentences, fines

Two men behind the so-called LuxLeaks tax scandal were hit Wednesday with suspended prison sentences and fines, after being found guilty by a Luxembourg court of leaking documents that implicated hundreds of multinational companies in tax avoidance practices.

Egyptian court blocks island handover, in blow to al-Sissi

Egypt's plan to hand two Red Sea islands over to Saudi Arabia has been struck down by an administrative court, in a major blow to President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on one of the most controversial issues he's faced since taking office.

Germany's top court rules in favour of ECB bond-buying programme

A bond-buying programme devised by the European Central Bank (ECB) four years ago to fight financial crises in the eurozone is compatible with German law, the country's highest court ruled on Tuesday.

Egyptian court: Strategic islands' handover to Saudi "null and void"

Egypt's handover of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in April has been ruled “null and void,” an Egyptian judiciary source tells dpa.

German court upholds sport arbitration in ruling against Pechstein

German speed skater Claudia Pechstein has lost a damages claim at the country's highest civil court against governing skating body ISU in a ruling upholding the system of sport arbitration.

EU countries cannot jail foreigners for illegal entry, top court says

EU member states cannot imprison foreigners simply because they illegally entered the country, the bloc's top court ruled Tuesday, in a case involving a Ghanaian woman apprehended in France.

German federal court of justice rules against speed skater Pechstein

German speed skater Claudia Pechstein has lost a damages claim at the country's highest civil court against governing skating body ISU.

Convicted murderer jailed for Buckingham Palace intrusion

A man who had previously been convicted of murder was sentenced to four months in prison on Friday after he pleaded guilty to trespassing in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II's official London residence.

Norway appeals ruling on mass killer Breivik's prison conditions

Norway's attorney general on Friday appealed a court ruling that partially upheld the claims of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik that he is subjected to prison conditions that violate his human rights.

Abdeslam remains quiet as investigatory hearing on Paris attacks ends

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam refused to make a statement in his first appearance before French investigating judges on Friday, according to his lawyer.

Paris attacks suspect hearing ends; Abdeslam refuses to talk

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, appearing before French investigating judges for the first time on Friday, refused to speak, his lawyer told broadcaster BFM-TV.

Croatia voices concern over war crimes indictments issued by Bosnia

Croatian Justice Minister Ante Sprlje said on Friday that certain allegations in war crimes indictments issued by Bosnia and Herzegovina against Croatian citizens were unacceptable to Croatia.

Murderer of Palestinian teen handed life plus 20 years in prison

A radical Jew who kidnapped and slayed a Palestinian teen and helped trigger a cycle of violence that escalated into the 2014 Gaza war was sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison by an Israeli court on Tuesday.

Accused "LuxLeaks" whistleblowers reject charges in court

Three men accused of leaking documents that implicated hundreds of multinational companies in the LuxLeaks tax avoidance scandal rejected the charges brought against them Tuesday, in the first day of their trial before a Luxembourg court.

Turkish journalist fined 10,000 dollars for insulting Erdogan

A Turkish journalist was fined 28,650 liras (10,000 dollars) for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the journalist's lawyer said Monday, in the latest case of criticism leading to legal woes.

Oslo court says mass killer Breivik's living conditions are inhumane

A court in Oslo on Wednesday partially upheld the claims of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik that he is subjected to prison conditions that violate his human rights.

Court partially rules with Breivik on inhumane jail conditions claims

A court in Oslo on Wednesday partially upheld the claims of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik that he is subjected to prison conditions that violate his human rights.

EU privacy watchdogs worry over US snooping in data-sharing deal

A new EU-US deal aimed at protecting transatlantic data flows will still allow the bulk collection of information for national security purposes, European data protection authorities warned Wednesday.