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Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo is expected to find out whether he will be freed after seven years behind bars on charges of crimes against humanity.

ICC prosecutors to appeal Laurent Gbagbo’s acquittal

Prosecutors will appeal the International Criminal Court’s shock acquittal of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo over post-election violence, according to a court document seen by AFP on Wednesday.
FILE PHOTO- U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Pennsylvania, U.S., July 10, 2017. REUTERS-Charles Mostoller-File Photo

Turkey seeks over 200 arrests over Fethullah Gulen ties

Turkish police on Tuesday launched operations across the country to detain over 200 people, including soldiers, suspected of ties to the group blamed for the 2016 coup attempt, local media reported.
Carlos Ghosn

Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn faces ‘two new charges’ in Japan

Prosecutors in Japan have indicted former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn with two fresh charges, according to local media.

Uber driver pleads guilty to killing six people in US shooting spree

An Uber driver who went on a shooting spree that killed six people in the Midwestern US state of Michigan pleaded guilty to all charges Monday.
Carlos Ghosn, who led an alliance of Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi, at a factory several days before his arrest in November. On Tuesday, he told a Tokyo court he was falsely accused. Etienne Laurent

Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn insists he has been wrongly accused

Ousted Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn insisted that he had been "wrongly accused and unfairly detained" as he appeared publicly in court for the first time since his arrest over financial misconduct claims.
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon, arrives for his trial on Monday. Emmanuel Foudrot-Reuters

Cardinal faces trial in France’s biggest church sex abuse case

A Catholic cardinal and five other people went on trial Monday, accused of covering up for a paedophile priest who abused Boy Scouts — France’s most important church sex abuse case to date.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. - AFP PHOTO - POOL - JIM HOLLANDER

Israeli premier rules out resigning if prosecutors move to indict him

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he would not resign if prosecutors moved to indict him on corruption charges, as authorities probe several cases involving him ahead of April polls.
Protesters hold banners reading 'David's Heart', during a peaceful demonstration in Banja Luka, Bosnia in support of David Dragicevic [Amel Emric-Associated Press]

Police free Bosnian Serb who led protests over son’s death

Bosnian Serb authorities have released from detention the man who has sparked anti-government protests with his demands for the truth about his son's death.

Drug smugglers caught with $195 million heroin

Nearly half a tonne of heroin from Southeast Asia was seized in Taiwan moments after a drug smuggling gang using diving equipment brought the shipment to shore, officials announced Wednesday.
(FILES) This file photo taken on June 21, 2012 in Johannesburg shows Rwanda’s former army chief Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa walking into the court.French judges will hear the former Rwandan army chief Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, living in exile in South Africa, who accused the incumbent Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame to be involved in the attack against the late president Juvenal Habyarimana in 1994, that marked the beginning of the Rwandan genocide, reported AFP on October 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE

France drops probe into attack that sparked Rwanda genocide

French judges have dropped their long-running investigation into the deadly 1994 attack on former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, which sparked the country’s genocide, a legal source told AFP on Wednesday.
Greg Kelly

Nissan’s Greg Kelly examined at Japanese hospital after securing bail

Nissan director Greg Kelly was being examined in a hospital on Wednesday, a source said, a day after he was released on bail from a Tokyo jail.
More than 30 men had said they were victims of unwanted sexual advances by Kevin Spacey. [Reuters]

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey charged with indecent assault

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has been charged over allegations of sexually abusing an 18-year-old boy, prosecutors in the US state of Massachusetts said.
Maren Ueland

Police: Morocco tourist murder video ‘real’

A video appearing to show the murder of one of two tourists killed in Morocco is almost certainly real, Norwegian police have concluded.
Carlos Ghosn

Auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn may get bail after Japan’s detention extension fails

Former Nissan Motors Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn could soon be freed on bail after a Japanese court on Thursday threw out a bid by prosecutors to extend his detention, in a move nearly as unexpected as the auto tycoon’s sudden arrest.
Husky Dmitry Kuznetsov

Russia’s Vladimir Putin wants rap music controlled

Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown concern at the growing popularity of rap music. Due to its growing popularity, he advised that the government control it and channel it to ensure that it does not promote moral decadence.
Prabhu Ramamoorthy

Man lands in jail for nine years over airplane sex assault

An Indian national has been sentenced to nine years in prison in the US for a brazen sexual assault of a woman on an airplane while his wife sat next to him.

Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

Spanish prosecutors are charging pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has inaugurated a massive new airport project in Istanbul, which, once complete, is expected to become one of the world's largest.

Turkey orders arrest of 219 soldiers in Fethullah Gulen investigation

Turkish prosecutors ordered the detention of 219 soldiers with suspected links to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric.

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Ethiopia has deployed soldiers against an armed faction of a recently-legalised opposition group that is robbing banks and attacking residents in the country’s remote west, the government said Wednesday.

Ethiopia deploys military against armed opposition faction

Ethiopia has deployed soldiers against an armed faction of a recently-legalised opposition group that is robbing banks and attacking residents in the country’s remote west, the government said Wednesday.

Chelsea to offer role to Petr Cech after retirement

Chelsea are open to offering former goalkeeper Petr Cech a role at the club after he retires from playing at the end of the season.

AGF orders freezing of Justice Onnoghen’s accounts

The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation has asked the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit to freeze the bank accounts of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

VP Osinbajo: Atiku Abubakar, PDP have always opposed restructuring

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate in February 16 presidential election, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku have always opposed restructuring of the country.
Oby Ezekwesili

Oby Ezekwesili: APC, PDP playing politics with Nigerians’ plight

The presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has again taken a swipe at both the ruling All Progressive Congress, (APC), and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), of playing politics with the plight of the Nigerian people, lamenting that Nigeria was now known as “the world capital of poverty.”