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Health care fraud trial: Doctor acquitted on 7 of 8 counts

Nov. 23, 2020 3:33 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi doctor has been acquitted on seven of eight counts against him in what prosecutors said was about $18 million in health care fraud involving expensive prescription pain cream. His secretary was acquitted on all five counts against her. Jurors were unable to agree on the...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2020, file photo, demonstrators gather near the Lincoln Memorial as final preparations are made for the March on Washington, in Washington, on the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s

Black Lives Matter faces test of its influence in election

Oct. 31, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Lives Matter has been a lot of things in its brief, fiery life. It has been a slogan, a rallying point. A movement that led protests coast to coast, calling for America to get serious about preventing Black deaths at the hands of law enforcement. A heaven-sent resource for people like...

Faisal Siddiqi, center, a lawyer for the family of Daniel Pearl, an American reporter who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan, leaves after an appeal hearing in the case, at the Supreme Court, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Pakistan's top court on Thursday adjourned for four weeks the hearing of an appeal from the family of American journalist Daniel Pearl against the acquittal of a British-born Pakistani man convicted over the 2002 beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistan court adjourns Daniel Pearl murder case for 4 weeks

Oct. 22, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's top court on Thursday adjourned for four weeks the hearing of an appeal from the family of American journalist Daniel Pearl against the acquittal of a British-born Pakistani man convicted over the 2002 beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter. The key suspect in...

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2017 file photo, Catalan regional police chief Josep Lluis Trapero, centre, leaves the national court in Madrid, Spain. A Madrid court on Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020 acquitted Trapero and the heads of Catalonia's regional police of charges of sedition and disobedience for what state prosecutors had argued was their alleged role in the northeast region's 2017 secession attempt. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)

Spain court acquits Catalan police for role in secession bid

Oct. 21, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Madrid court on Wednesday acquitted the heads of Catalonia’s regional police of charges of sedition and disobedience for what state prosecutors had argued was their alleged role in the northeast region’s 2017 secession attempt. Spain’s National Court ruled in a 2-1...

Pope Francis, right, sits at a table with Cardinal George Pell on the occasion of their private meeting at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The Pope warmly welcomed Cardinal for a private audience in the Apostolic Palace after the cardinal’s sex abuse conviction and acquittal in Australia.  (Vatican News via AP)

Pope warmly greets redeemed Cardinal Pell after abuse trial

Oct. 12, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis met Monday with Cardinal George Pell and thanked him for his witness, warmly welcoming him for a private audience in the Apostolic Palace after the cardinal’s sex abuse conviction and acquittal in Australia. The Vatican released photos and a brief video clip of the meeting,...

One of best-known tycoons and one of the richest men in the Balkans, Ivica Todoric, stands before the county court in Zagreb, Croatia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. A Croatian court has acquitted the country’s best-known tycoon in one of the cases related to the collapse of a retail company that has shaken the Balkan region. The County Court ruled that Ivica Todoric and three others were not guilty of charges that they syphoned 1,25 million euros ($1,47 million) from the Agrokor firm. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Croatia tycoon Todoric acquitted in one trial, more pending

Oct. 7, 2020 8:59 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A Croatian court on Wednesday acquitted the country's best-known tycoon in one of the cases related to the collapse of a retail company that has shaken the Balkan region. The County Court in the capital, Zagreb, on Wednesday ruled that Ivica Todoric and three others were not guilty...

Farooq Naek, center, prosecutor from Sindh provincial government, leaves with his team from the Supreme Court after an appeal hearing of the Daniel Pearl case, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who has been on death row over the 2002 killing of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl, will remain in jail for another three months under a government order, a prosecutor told the country's top court Wednesday, as it took up appeals of Pearl’s family and government against acquittal of all accused of murder charges by another court. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistan to keep top suspect in Daniel Pearl murder in jail

Oct. 7, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A British-born Pakistani man who has been on death row over the 2002 killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl will remain in jail for another three months despite his acquittal by a lower court earlier this year, according to a government order on Wednesday. The development was...

Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives at Rome's international airport in Fiumicino, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Pell took a leave of absence from his job in 2017 to stand trial in his native Australia on historic child sexual abuse charges, for which he was ultimately acquitted. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Cardinal Pell returns to Vatican mired in financial scandal

Sep. 30, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, who left the Vatican in 2017 to face child sexual abuse charges in Australia, returned to Rome on Wednesday to find a Holy See mired in the type of corruption scandal he worked to expose and clean up. The 79-year-old Pell arrived at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport...

Cardinal George Pell returns to Rome after acquittal on sex abuse charges to find Vatican mired in financial scandal

Sep. 30, 2020 8:15 AM EDT
ROME (AP) — Cardinal George Pell returns to Rome after acquittal on sex abuse charges to find Vatican mired in financial scandal.
Jai Bhagwan Goyal, a leader of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and an accused in the 1992 attack and demolition of a 16th century mosque, celebrates outside a court in Lucknow, India, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted all 32 accused, including senior leaders of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, in the case. The demolition sparked Hindu-Muslim violence that left some 2,000 people dead. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

32 acquitted in razing of India mosque that set off violence

Sep. 30, 2020 6:43 AM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted all 32 people accused of crimes in a 1992 attack and demolition of a 16th century mosque that sparked Hindu-Muslim violence leaving some 2,000 people dead. Four senior leaders of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, were...