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South Korea media divided over Samsung heir verdict

South Korean media were divided Monday over the jailing of the heir to the Samsung empire, with some newspapers condemning the ruling and others accusing rivals of «kneeling» before the rich.

Houdini act of Thai ex-PM Yingluck as unexpected as her rise

Yingluck Shinawatra departed the Thai political scene with a dramatic flourish befitting her roller-coaster six-year journey from political novice to premier -- finally falling victim to the army-backed establishment who loathe her family.

Like father, like son: Samsung heir convicted

Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong has spent his life trying to prove himself worthy of his father's legacy, and on Friday he followed in the older man's footsteps by being convicted in the same courtroom.

Taiwan ex-leader Ma found not guilty in leaks case

A Taiwanese court Friday found former president Ma Ying-jeou not guilty in a political leaks case, his second acquittal in a raft of lawsuits brought against him since he stepped down last year.

Convicted: the offences of Samsung's Lee

The heir to the Samsung business empire Lee Jae-Yong was convicted Friday of all five charges at his trial in connection with the scandal that brought down president Park Geun-Hye.

Who are the Shinawatras and why are they so polarising?

On Friday Thailand's ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra failed to show up for the verdict in her trial for criminal negligence, sparking an arrest warrant and feverish speculation as to her whereabouts.

Thai ex-PM Yingluck skips court, arrest warrant issued

Thai ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra missed a court appearance in a negligence trial on Friday that could have seen her jailed, prompting the Supreme Court to issue an arrest warrant fearing she is a flight risk.

Israel extends arrest of firebrand Islamic cleric

An Israeli court on Monday extended the remand of a firebrand Islamic cleric accused of inciting violence in connection with last month's deadly tensions over a Jerusalem holy site, his lawyer said.

Brazil's Lula: the five court cases

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil's hugely influential leftist president between 2003-2010, faces no fewer than five court cases -- each of which could thwart his dream of a comeback in 2018.

Neymar ordered to stand trial for corruption

Barcelona forward Neymar and his parents will stand trial over alleged corruption, making the Brazilian the latest football superstar to have to take the stand, a Spanish court ordered on Thursday.

Spain probes ex-HSBC executives over money laundering

A Spanish court is probing seven former executives of HSBC's private Swiss bank on suspicion of money laundering following an investigation of documents in the «Swissleaks» scandal on bank-supported tax evasion, legal sources told AFP Thursday.

Narcos in southern Spain increasingly brazen

Attacks on police, unloading drugs in broad daylight... Drug traffickers in southern Spain are operating in an increasingly brazen manner that has authorities worried.

US opens criminal investigation into Uber

The US government has launched a criminal investigation into Uber for the use of secret software that enabled the company to operate in areas where it was banned or restricted, The Washington Post reported.

UN expert seeks urgent review of Saudi terrorism law

Saudi Arabia should urgently review its definition of terrorism under a law used to prosecute non-violent journalists and human rights defenders, a United Nations special rapporteur said on Thursday.

US Supreme Court takes narrow view on tribal immunity

The US Supreme Court took a narrow view Tuesday on the immunity from lawsuits enjoyed by Native American tribes, which are treated in some respects like sovereign states that cannot be sued in American courts.

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