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Ivory Coast former first lady makes first court appearance
February 24, 2015
Former Ivory Coast first lady Simone Gbagbo made her her first appearance before a domestic court Monday, questioning charges against her. Gbagbo is on trial for her role in the violence following the disputed 2010 election between her husband, Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara. Ouattara was dec....... [more]

IAEA: Iran violated Joint Plan of Action
February 21, 2015
The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Friday condemned Iran for violating its duties under the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), a negotiation between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia, whereby Iran has agreed to expand its nuclear program peacefully. T....... [more]

France high court stays extradition of Argentine ex-police officer
February 18, 2015
France's highest appeals court on Wednesday overturned a lower court decision to seek the extradition of a former police officer to Argentina for alleged crimes against humanity during the country's "dirty war." The Cour de Cassation ruled that the case should be reexamined, sending it back for rehe....... [more]

Chile lawmakers give final approval for same-sex civil unions
January 29, 2015
Chilean lawmakers on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples. The legislation will now go to President Michelle Bachelet next, who is expected to sign it. The bill's passage will give same-sex couples many of the rights granted to married couples....... [more]

France top court rules same-sex French-Moroccan couple may marry
January 28, 2015
France's highest court ruled Wednesday that a same-sex French-Moroccan couple may legally marry. Although Morocco refuses to recognize marriage between two men, France legalized same-sex marriage in 2013. The case was originally brought after a French city hall refused to marry the couple, arguing....... [more]

Turkish court orders Facebook to censor pages insulting Prophet Muhammed
January 26, 2015
A Turkish court on Sunday ordered a ban on Facebook pages that contain materials insulting the Prophet Muhammed. The Golbasi Duty Magistrate Court ruled that Facebook would be blocked in Turkey if the order is not implemented. The Anadolu Agency, Turkey's official press agency, reported that the co....... [more]

France court convicts 3 people for anti-gay Twitter posts
January 23, 2015
A criminal court in Paris convicted three people of hate crimes on Tuesday for tweeting homophobic messages on the social media site Twitter. The offenders received fines between 300 and 500 euros for inciting anti-gay sentiments by creating hashtags with messages such as "let's burn the gays," and....... [more]

Congo senate amends electoral law to allow 2016 election
January 23, 2015
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Senate on Friday amended the country's electoral law to permit the 2016 presidential election to go forth as scheduled, without the requirement of conducting a census. The change comes after four days of violent nationwide protests resulted in dozens of deaths....... [more]

France top court approves stripping nationality of convicted Franco-Moroccan terrorist
January 23, 2015
France's top court, the Conseil Constitutionnel on Friday upheld a decision from 2013 to strip Franco-Moroccan terrorist Ahmed Sahnouni el-Yaacoubi of his French nationality following a conviction for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts. Sahnouni, a naturalized citizen since 2003, appealed to the Co....... [more]

UN holds first-ever meeting in response to anti-Semitism
January 22, 2015
The UN General Assembly is holding a daylong informal meeting Thursday devoted to anti-Semitism in response to a global increase in violence against Jews. The meeting was requested by 37 countries in a letter to the General Assembly president in October. The meeting will include a keynote address by....... [more]

HRW: France police abusing asylum seekers in Calais
January 20, 2015
French police are abusing and harassing asylum seekers in the port city of Calais, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. These asylum seekers and migrants are reportedly living in destitution in Calais and have been subjected to "routine abuses by police officers," including "beatings and attac....... [more]




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