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French lawyer convicted of murdering heiress after 36 years
French lawyer convicted of murdering heiress after 36 years

A former Riviera lawyer was convicted on Friday of killing a glamorous casino heiress 36 years ago, after a legal battle that has gripped France.

French lawyer convicted of murdering heiress after 36 years
Italy's Berlusconi headed for community service
Italy's Berlusconi headed for community service

Italian prosecutors on Thursday approved a request by Silvio Berlusconi's lawyers for the three-time prime minister to do community service rather than face house arrest following a tax fraud conviction.

Italy's Berlusconi headed for community service
President Barack Obama and baseball star David Ortiz. Photo courtesy of liveinternet.ru
Samsung 'selfie' flap now in hands of lawyers: White House

The controversy over a "selfie" photo of President Barack Obama and baseball star David Ortiz now is in the hands of attorneys, a White House official said on Sunday.

Samsung 'selfie' flap now in hands of lawyers: White House
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Pakistan couple gets death over 'blasphemous' text message

A court in eastern Pakistan has sentenced a Christian couple to death for sending a blasphemous text message insulting to the Prophet Mohammed, their lawyer said Saturday.

Pakistan couple gets death over 'blasphemous' text message
UK tabloid ex-editor tells of payments to public officials
UK tabloid ex-editor tells of payments to public officials

Rebekah Brooks, who edited Rupert Murdoch's British tabloids, told her trial Thursday that she had sanctioned payments to public officials for stories with an "overwhelming public interest".

UK tabloid ex-editor tells of payments to public officials
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No release on bail for British corruptor of minors in Kazakhstan

The Criminal Appeals Board of Western Kazakhstan Oblast has dismissed a motion of Peter Baruch’s lawyer.

No release on bail for British corruptor of minors in Kazakhstan
Actor Tom Cruise. ©Reuters/Rick Wilking
Cruise lawyer dismisses 'bizarre' $1 billion lawsuit

A lawyer for Tom Cruise poured scorn on a $1 billion lawsuit alleging that filmmakers stole a screenwriter's work to create a blockbuster "Mission: Impossible" film, calling the legal action "bizarre."

Cruise lawyer dismisses 'bizarre' $1 billion lawsuit
Russian real estate tycoon Sergei Polonsky. ©Reuters/Samrang Pring
Cambodia court frees Russian tycoon wanted over alleged scam

A Cambodian court on Monday freed a Russian tycoon wanted by Moscow over allegations he embezzled tens of millions of dollars in a real estate scam, and suspended extradition proceedings against him, his lawyer said.

Cambodia court frees Russian tycoon wanted over alleged scam
Hollande backs ban on 'anti-Semitic' comedian
Hollande backs ban on 'anti-Semitic' comedian

President Francois Hollande has backed attempts to ban controversial French comedian Dieudonne as a furore intensified over his sketches that have been widely condemned as anti-Semitic.

Hollande backs ban on 'anti-Semitic' comedian
Pakistan court says it cannot lift Musharraf travel ban
Pakistan court says it cannot lift Musharraf travel ban

A Pakistani court on Monday said it was unable to lift a travel ban on former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, a day before his trial for treason was due to start.

Pakistan court says it cannot lift Musharraf travel ban
Pussy Riot punk Alyokhina freed from Russian prison: lawyer
Pussy Riot punk Alyokhina freed from Russian prison: lawyer

One of the jailed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina, was freed from prison on Monday after receiving amnesty.

Pussy Riot punk Alyokhina freed from Russian prison: lawyer
Actor Tom Cruise carries his daughter Suri. ©Reuters/Andrew Burton
Tom Cruise settles lawsuit over 'abandoning' daughter

Tom Cruise has reached a settlement with a magazine publisher he sued for $50 million in libel damages over claims he abandoned his daughter Suri after his divorce, the star's lawyer said Friday.

Tom Cruise settles lawsuit over 'abandoning' daughter
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Australia deli sued over 'semen' in bottled water

An Australian woman is suing a deli after drinking bottled water that allegedly contained semen, lawyers said Friday, with claims that DNA showed it matched the owner of the business.

Australia deli sued over 'semen' in bottled water
Azamat Tenizbayev (L). Photo courtesy of the sportsman's personal page in VKontakte
Kazakh teen released on bail is electronically tagged in London

The Kazakh teenager, arrested on charges of sexual harassment, was released on bailed but has to wear an ankle monitoring bracelet.

Kazakh teen released on bail is electronically tagged in London
Chinese director Zhang Yimou. ©Reuters/Barry Huang
Chinese filmmaker faces billion-yuan lawsuit over children

Top Chinese film director Zhang Yimou is facing a billion-yuan lawsuit after violating the country's controversial one-child policy, state media reported Friday.

Chinese filmmaker faces billion-yuan lawsuit over children
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China anti-corruption activist beaten by police: lawyers

A Chinese anti-corruption activist put on trial in what campaign groups say is a crackdown on dissent was beaten by police while in detention, lawyers said Thursday.

China anti-corruption activist beaten by police: lawyers
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Anger in New Zealand at 'close your legs' rape defence

Victims' rights advocates in New Zealand on Thursday condemned a defence lawyer who told a rape victim she should have "closed her legs" if she wanted to avoid having sex.

Anger in New Zealand at 'close your legs' rape defence
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Spanish court confirms intention to extradite Ablyazov’s Security Chief

The Spanish National Court (SNC) has confirmed its decision to extradite Aleksandr Pavlov, the Chief of Security of the former Head of Kazakhstan's BTA bank Mukhtar Ablyazov.

Spanish court confirms intention to extradite Ablyazov’s Security Chief
Omar Khadr. ©Reuters/Janet Hamlin
Canadian 'child soldier' appeals Guantanamo conviction

Omar Khadr, the Canadian "child soldier" held for a decade at Guantanamo, appealed his terror conviction Friday.

Canadian 'child soldier' appeals Guantanamo conviction
Dias Kadyrbaev and Azamat Tazhayakov at the court. Photo ©REUTERS
Arrested Kazakhstan students in Boston transferred to same cell

Imprisoned in USA, Dias Kadyrbaev and Azamat Tazhayakov have been transferred to the same cell after months of solitary confinement.

Arrested Kazakhstan students in Boston transferred to same cell