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Tunisia ex-dictator's son-in-law sentenced to prison
November 19, 2014
Slim Chiboub, son-in-law of former Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was sentenced Tuesday to six months in prison for gun possession. Chiboub fled the country during the revolution, and has since been residing in exile in United Arab Emirates. He was convicted of two counts of gun possessio....... [more]

HRW: Chad courts must conduct fair trial of former dictator's security forces
November 10, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday called for the trial of 26 former state security agents of Chad dictator Hissene Habre to be carried out in a "fair and transparent manner." The defendants are accused of murder, torture, kidnapping, arbitrary detention, and assault and battery during Habre's rule....... [more]

UN urges end of impunity for crimes against journalists
November 2, 2014
The UN on Sunday observed the first International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists after the resolution to do so was adopted in December of last year. The date commemorates the assassination of two French journalists, Gislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, in Mali in 2013. The resoluti....... [more]

France appeals court approves extradition of former Kazakhstan energy minister
October 25, 2014
An appellate court in Lyon, France has upheld the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. This overrules a previous ruling in which another appellate court had stricken down Mukhtar's extradition after it was or....... [more]

Australia parliament lifts ban on facial coverings
October 20, 2014
Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a ban on face veils including burqas and niqabs. The short-lived ban was announced earlier this month, prohibiting persons with facial coverings from being in open public galleries. The ban was condemned for segregating Muslim women and potentially breac....... [more]

Three allies of former French president charged
October 5, 2014
Three allies of French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy were charged Saturday for their connection to a fraud investigation of Sarkozy's failed 2012 presidential campaign. Top aide Eric Cesari, party financial director Fabienne Liadze, and the former communications chief Pierre Chassat have been charged....... [more]

Airbus insider trading trial begins in France
October 3, 2014
The trial involving allegations of insider trading in shares of Airbus Group began on Friday after an eight-year investigation. Seven current and former managers at Airbus Group and two former industrial shareholders in Airbus' parent European Aeronautic Defense & Space Co. (EADS) are accused of....... [more]

France high court rules same-sex spouse can adopt child conceived through IVF
September 24, 2014
The French Court of Cassation ruled on Monday that a woman is allowed to adopt the child of her same-sex spouse conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF). The ruling by the French high court comes following recently enacted laws regarding same-sex marriage rights. The court held each spouse sho....... [more]

France court rules UBS must deposit guarantee of 1.1 billion euro in tax probe
September 22, 2014
A French appeals court ruled Monday that Swiss bank UBS must deposit a guarantee of 1.1 billion euro in an investigation of charges for aiding in tax evasion for wealthy French customers. In July UBS was put under formal investigation for allegations of laundering the proceeds of tax evasion. French....... [more]

EU court rules against France over water pollution
September 4, 2014
The EU's top court ruled Thursday that France had failed to fulfill its obligation to improve the quality of its groundwater, marking the third time since 2001 the European Court of Justice has ordered France to strengthen its regulations. The ruling says that French laws have not done enough to kee....... [more]

History of Guantanamo Bay
August 31, 2014
Cuban nationalists began pressing for independence from Spain in the mid-nineteenth century. Cuban guerrilla fighters initiated frequent skirmishes with the Spanish military between 1868 and 1878. Revolutionary activities picked up in the 1890s and Spain imposed martial law in 1896. International te....... [more]




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