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A police officer gives instructions to people to observe social distancing, as people walk outside a court in Istanbul, Friday, July 3, 2020, where the trial began for defendants accused of smuggling former Nissan Motor Co. chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan. A private airline official, four pilots and two flights attendants are on trial in Istanbul, accused of smuggling former Nissan Motor Co. chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan to Lebanon, via Turkey. Turkish prosecutors are seeking up to eight years in prison each for the four pilots and the airline official on charges of illegally smuggling a migrant, for helping Ghosn escape to Lebanon while he awaited trial in Japan. (AP Photo/Mehmet Guzel)

Turkey: pilots on trial over Ghosn escape released from jail

Jul. 3, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court on Friday released four pilots and a private airline official from jail, pending the outcome of their trial on charges of smuggling former Nissan Motor Co. chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan to Lebanon, via Turkey. The court, however, barred the five from leaving Turkey and...

Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks during a news conference to announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her alleged role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Epstein pal arrested, accused of luring girls for sex abuse

Jul. 2, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday on charges she helped lure at least three girls — one as young as 14 — to be sexually abused by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of victimizing dozens of girls and women over many years. According to the indictment,...

FILE - In this Monday, June 22, 2020 file photo, people gather in front of a mural showing Adama Traore and George Floyd, who both died in police custody, in Stains, north of Paris. Pressure mounted Wednesday, July 1 to disband a special police unit in one of France’s poorest regions because it is facing at least 15 investigations into officers suspected of drug trafficking, violence, theft or falsifying police reports. News of the investigations has re-ignited French anger over police abuse, after weeks of protests in France demanding racial justice and accountability for police officers who overstep their authority. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, file)

15 investigations into French police for abuse, drug deals

Jul. 1, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities came under mounting pressure Wednesday to disband a special police unit in one of the country's poorest regions because it is facing at least 15 investigations into officers suspected of drug trafficking, violence, theft or falsifying police reports. News of the...

FILE - This file photo shows a reward poster released on March 26, 2020, by the U.S. Department of Justice, for Venezuelan former General Cliver Alcala-Cordones after the U.S. Justice Department indicted Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and several aides on narcoterrorism charges. The former general, who was organizing a volunteer army to overthrow Maduro, claims he's unable to afford private counsel in the U.S. narcotics case, according to his attorney in late June. (Department of Justice via AP, File)

Venezuela general accused with Maduro unable to pay attorney

Jun. 30, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former Venezuelan general who was organizing a volunteer army to overthrow Nicolas Maduro says he is unable to afford a legal defense in a U.S. narcotics case that charges him alongside gis homeland's socialist president. Gen. Cliver Alcala surrendered in March to face U.S. accusations that...

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft waves to fans as he walks on the field prior to the team's NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. Florida prosecutors will try to save their prostitution solicitation case against Kraft when they argue before an appellate court Tuesday, June 30, 2020, that his rights weren't violated when police secretly video recorded him allegedly paying for sex at a massage parlor. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Patriots owner's prostitution case heads to appellate court

Jun. 29, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors charging New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with twice buying sex from massage parlor prostitutes will attempt to save their case this week by arguing to an appeals court that his rights weren't violated when police secretly video-recorded him in the act. ...

Group smuggling e-waste to Africa busted in Spanish islands

Jun. 29, 2020 8:04 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities announced Monday that they had dismantled a criminal network that smuggled some 2,500 tonnes of waste, including discarded and hazardous electronic equipment, from Spain's Canary Islands to several countries in Africa. Spain's Civil Guard arrested 34 people, including a...

In this December, 2018 photo released by the Stemberger family, Victor and his wife Han Stemberger, are shown at their home in Centreville, Va. Victor Stemberger sits in a Spanish jail, one year after flying into the country with 2.4 kilograms (more than 5 pounds) of cocaine expertly sewn into bubble jackets in a bag. His family says he knew nothing about the drugs. Though Spanish authorities are dubious, the U.S. Justice Department has advised Spain that it believes Stemberger was duped into acting as a drug mule for a West Africa criminal network, and has asked the country for evidence it's gathered, according to correspondence obtained by The Associated Press. (Victor Matthew Stemberger via AP)

American jailed in Spain was unwitting drug mule, US says

Jun. 27, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Victor Stemberger wasn't about to ignore the emails inviting him into a multimillion-dollar business opportunity, so he pitched himself as perfect for the job. In a way he was — but for all the wrong reasons. The 76-year-old Virginia man, whose family says he has cognitive issues,...

People shop for vegetables at the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Authorities in Bangladesh have confirmed the first death of a Rohingya refugee from the coronavirus, as infections rise in sprawling camps where more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims have been living since fleeing from neighboring Myanmar. The 71-year-old refugee died Saturday at Ukhiya in Cox's Bazar, and samples collected from him tested positive on Monday, said Abu Toha M.R. Bhuiyan, chief health coordinator of the office of the Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner. (AP Photo/Shafiqur Rahman)

4 Rohingya men killed in gunfight with Bangladesh police

Jun. 27, 2020 2:09 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Four suspected members of a Rohingya group allegedly involved in kidnapping for ransom were killed in a gunfight with Bangladeshi police near the sprawling refugee camps where refugees from Myanmar live, officials said. The gunfight took place Friday when a team of security...

Court orders abuse of post retrial for ex-Albanian minister

Jun. 26, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian appeals court on Friday ordered the re-trial of a former interior minister who was convicted of abuse of office last year. The basis for the Tirana Appeals Court judges' decision to overturn last year's conviction was not immediately clear. The former minister, Saimir...

Bulgaria: Anti-drug chief detained on corruption suspicion

Jun. 26, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian police have detained the head of the anti-drug trafficking unit and two other officers for allegedly taking bribes in exchange for protecting local and international drug trafficking rings. “The men are suspected of opening an umbrella above the activity of organized...