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Defense witness who angered judge in Trump's hush money trial will return to the stand

May. 21, 2024 04:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A defense witness in Donald Trump's hush money case whom the judge threatened to remove from the trial over his behavior will return to the stand Tuesday as the trial nears its end. Trump's lawyers are hoping Robert Costello's testimony will help undermine the...

France is trying Syrian ex-officials for the torture and killing of a father and son. Here's why

May. 21, 2024 04:40 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Syrian soldiers came first, at night, for the son, Patrick, a 20-year-old psychology student at Damascus University, and said they were taking him away for questioning. They came back the next night for his father, Mazen. Five years later, in 2018,...

The Latest | France and Belgium support ICC request for arrest warrants of Israel and Hamas leaders

May. 21, 2024 03:44 AM EDT

France and Belgium released statements supporting the world’s top war crimes court’s request for arrest warrants for leaders of Israel and Hamas, after Israel and the United States both harshly condemned the effort. The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, Karim...

Hong Kong will keep watching internet platforms for non-compliance with ban on protest song

May. 21, 2024 02:04 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday his administration would keep monitoring for any non-compliance with a court order that bans a popular protest song, days after YouTube blocked access to dozens of videos of the tune in the city. The ban targets anyone who...

Former Arizona GOP chair Kelli Ward and others set to be arraigned in fake elector case

May. 21, 2024 01:06 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Arizona Republican Party chair Kelli Ward and at least 11 other people are set to be arraigned in a Phoenix courtroom on conspiracy, forgery and fraud charges stemming from their roles in an effort to overturn Donald Trump’s 2020 election loss in Arizona to Joe Biden. ...

Voters to decide whether prosecutor and judge in Georgia Trump election case keep their jobs

May. 21, 2024 00:06 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Voters will decide whether two key players in the Georgia election interference case against former President Donald Trump will keep their jobs. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee are both on the ballot for Tuesday's...

State Supreme Court and Republican congressional primary elections top Georgia ballots

May. 21, 2024 00:05 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's elections on Tuesday include a state Supreme Court race that's grown unusually heated by the sleepy standards of the state's nonpartisan judicial elections, as well as a five-way GOP primary for an open seat in the strongly Republican 3rd Congressional District south and...

War crimes prosecutor seeks arrest of Israeli and Hamas leaders, including Netanyahu

May. 20, 2024 23:48 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The chief prosecutor of the world's top war crimes court sought arrest warrants Monday for leaders of Israel and Hamas, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, over actions taken during their seven-month war. While Netanyahu and his defense minister,...

'Justice demands' new trial for death row inmate, Alabama district attorney says

May. 20, 2024 22:47 PM EDT

An Alabama district attorney on Monday asked a judge to order a new trial for a death row inmate, saying that a review found that the 1998 conviction was flawed and “cannot be justified or allowed to stand.” Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr filed a brief expressing...

Russian theater director and playwright go on trial over a play authorities say justifies terrorism

May. 20, 2024 21:55 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A Russian court on Monday opened the trial of a theater director and a playwright accused of advocating terrorism in a play, the latest step in an unrelenting crackdown on dissent in Russia that has reached new heights since Moscow sent troops into Ukraine. ...