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Germany court dismisses case against former Nazi solider
December 9, 2014
A German court on Tuesday threw out a case against a former SS soldier who was accused of being involved in the largest massacre in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. German prosecutors claim that Cologne resident Werner C. was part of a firing squad that killed 25 men and aided in the burnin....... [more]

France ordered to compensate convicted pirates for arrest
December 4, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ordered France to compensate nine Somalis, most of whom are convicted pirates, for their arrest in 2008. After hijacking a French luxury vessel in 2008, the pirates held 30 people captive until the owner of the boat paid a two million dollar ransom. The....... [more]

Wanted Nazi war criminal died in Syria four years ago: report
December 1, 2014
Nazi-hunter and director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Efraim Zuroff told the BBC Monday that he is certain that wanted Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner died in Syria four years ago. Zuroff said that new information from a former German secret service agent indicates that Brunner died in 2010 and is....... [more]

France plans to recognize Palestinian state if peace talks fail
November 28, 2014
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in a speech before parliament Friday stated that France would recognize a Palestinian state if international efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fails. The French Parliament will hold a symbolic vote on December 2nd on whether the government should....... [more]

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]




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