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Pedestrian pass by The Royal Courts Of Justice, in London, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex will ask a High Court judge to rule in her favour in her privacy action against the Mail on Sunday over the publication of a handwritten letter to her estranged father. The case will be heard remotely due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Meghan seeks court ruling over 'serious breach' of privacy

Jan. 19, 2021 11:40 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for the Duchess of Sussex asked a British judge on Tuesday to settle her lawsuit against a newspaper before it goes to trial by ruling that its publication of a “deeply personal” letter to her estranged father was “a plain and a serious breach of her rights of...

FILE - This June 29, 2010 file photo shows the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation in Burkeville, Va. Virginia lawmakers are being asked to consider repealing a 22-year-old law that allows the state to commit certain sex offenders to the psychiatric facility after they complete their prison sentences. Critics say civil commitment laws are fundamentally unfair and violate the constitutional prohibition against punishing someone twice for the same crime.  (AP Photo/Dena Potter, File)

Virginia bill would end civil commitment of sex offenders

Jan. 19, 2021 11:37 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Democratic lawmakers are spearheading a push to repeal a decades-old law that allows the state to hold certain sex offenders at psychiatric facilities indefinitely after their criminal sentences if they are deemed “sexually violent predators.” Critics say...

This screen shot from video, shows former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, during his Zoom hearing Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2020, in 67th District Court in Flint, Mich. Attorneys for Snyder are telling prosecutors that the Flint water case should be dismissed because he was charged in the wrong county. Snyder was charged last week with two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty. (67th District Court in Flint via AP)

Attorneys: Ex-governor charged in wrong county over Flint

Jan. 19, 2021 10:33 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Attorneys for former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are striking back, telling prosecutors Tuesday that the Flint water case should be dismissed because he was charged in the wrong county. Snyder was charged last week with two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty. He was indicted...

12 Kosovo officials acquitted of paying phony war veterans

Jan. 19, 2021 8:33 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A court in Kosovo on Tuesday acquitted a dozen former government officials of misusing public money in benefits payments to people who hadn't fought during the 1998-1999 war. The Pristina court said that the 12 defendants, who included former ministers and lawmakers, couldn't be...

A woman identified only by her first name Anchan, right, talks to her friend as she arrives at the Bangkok Criminal Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced the retired civil servant to a record 43.5 years in prison for insulting the monarchy by posting audio clips online of comments critical of the royal institution. (AP Photo)

Thai court gives record 43-year sentence for insulting king

Jan. 19, 2021 5:38 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a former civil servant to a record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country's strict law on insulting or defaming the monarchy, lawyers said. The Bangkok Criminal Court found the woman guilty on 29 counts of violating the...

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Nicaragua congress adopts life sentences; opposition opposes

Jan. 18, 2021 8:37 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua’s congress gave final approval Monday to change the constitution to permit life imprisonment. Congress is dominated by President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista party, and opposition legislators voted against the measure or abstained. Opponents say life...

Alexei Navalny and his wife Yuliastand in line at the passport control after arriving at Sheremetyevo airport, outside Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. Russia's prison service says opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained at a Moscow airport after returning from Germany. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

Kremlin foe Navalny jailed for 30 days; allies plan protests

Jan. 18, 2021 2:53 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian judge on Monday ordered opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days, after the leading Kremlin critic returned to Russia from Germany where he was recovering from nerve agent poisoning that he blames on President Vladimir Putin's government. The ruling followed a hastily...

President Faustin-Archange Touadera speaks to the media after casting his vote at the Lycee Boganda polling station in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. Touadera and his party said the vote will go ahead after government forces clashed with rebels in recent days and some opposition candidates pulled out of the race amid growing insecurity. (AP Photo)

Court in Central African Republic upholds election results

Jan. 18, 2021 1:57 PM EST

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic's constitutional court on Monday upheld President Faustin Archange Touadera’s re-election, raising the specter of more violence days after rebels attempted to overtake the capital. Touadera, meanwhile, told reporters that he was open...

This Nov. 19, 2019 booking photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows Phil Spector. Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his

Phil Spector's death resurrects mixed reaction from skeptics

Jan. 18, 2021 12:40 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phil Spector was viewed as a man with two distinct personas: The late music producer was regarded as a rock ‘n’ roll genius who elevated the genre with his “Wall of Sound” style in the 1960s and created hits for several big names from the Beatles to Tina...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2014 file photo, Vatican Gendarmes, background, take position prior to the start of a ceremony for the opening of the Vatican judicial year, outside the Vatican's Court Palace. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)

Vatican drops Italian extradition bid in test of fair trial

Jan. 18, 2021 12:28 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Monday abruptly abandoned its extradition request for an Italian woman wanted on embezzlement-related charges in a case that could have tested whether Italy considers the Vatican a place where someone can get a fair trial. At the hearing in a Milan court, the Vatican said it no...