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Italy’s ex-PM gets 3 years in jail

Italy’s ex-PM gets 3 years in jail

An Italian court has sentenced former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to three years in prison for bribing a senator. The court in Naples on Wednesday also banned Berlusconi from holding public office for 5 years. The former prime minister was found guilty of paying a total of three million euros ($3.3 million) in bribes to Senator Sergio [&hellip

Auschwitz trial: German justice system slammed

Auschwitz trial: German justice system slammed

​Plaintiffs’ lawyers in a case against the so-called “bookkeeper of Auschwitz” have condemned a prosecution sentencing demand as too low. Oskar Gröning is accused of complicity in the murder of 300,000 people. Lawyers acting for the joint plaintiffs on Wednesday strongly criticized the sentencing demand of three-and-a-half-years for Gröning’s alleged complicity in the deaths at Auschwitz. Christoph Rückel [&hellip

Samsung profits hit by falling mobile sales

Samsung profits hit by falling mobile sales

​South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics has reported its first annual earnings decline in three years, in part due to a sharp drop in sales of mobile phones. Net profit fell to 23.4 trillion won ($21.3bn; £14bn) last year, a 27% fall from 30.5tn won in 2013. Mobile phone sales for the year fell 21% [&hellip

‘NSA spied on 3 German chancellors’

‘NSA spied on 3 German chancellors’

The US National Security Agency spied on the last three German chancellors and their offices for decades, according to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. The WikiLeaks documents leaked on Wednesday suggested that the NSA spooked on Angela Merkel, Gerhard Schroder, and Helmut Kohl. The documents showed that the NSA had spied on Merkel and her staff [&hellip

Van Persie deal ‘agreed’

Van Persie deal ‘agreed’

Fenerbahce have agreed a four-year deal to sign Robin van Persie from Manchester United. The Turkish club now hope to officially announce the transfer before the weekend, but there are still some details that need to be finalised and agreed with Van Persie himself. Fenerbahce director Guiliano Terraneo travelled to London recently to discuss a [&hellip

Israel blocks reconstruction in Gaza: UN

Israel blocks reconstruction in Gaza: UN

​A top official in the United Nations has called on the Israeli regime to end its “inexcusable” siege on the Gaza Strip as the blockade has hampered reconstruction in the coastal enclave just one year after Israeli raids on the area devastated hundreds of homes. “The blockade remains in place and its crippling effect on [&hellip

Arab-Berber clashes kill 22 in Algeria

Arab-Berber clashes kill 22 in Algeria

Clashes between Berber and Arab communities in southern Algeria have claimed at least 22 lives, state media outlets report. According to a Wednesday report by the national news agency APS, the deadly fighting erupted between Chaamba Arabs and Mozabite Berbers in the M’zab valley, on the edge of the Sahara. The report said 19 people [&hellip

Afghans, Taliban to continue peace talks

Afghans, Taliban to continue peace talks

Representatives from the Afghan government and the Taliban militant group have agreed to continue peace talks after landmark negotiations in Pakistan, Islamabad says. Following talks in the Pakistani town of Murree, north of the capital, Islamabad, on Tuesday night, the two sides decided to continue negotiations after the holy month of Ramadan, which most probably [&hellip

South Carolina to remove Confederate flag

South Carolina to remove Confederate flag

​The South Carolina Senate has voted to take down the Confederate flag in the Capitol grounds, which symbolizes the racist motivation behind a deadly church shooting in Charleston. The state Senate voted 37-3 on Monday, with one more vote needed in the House on Tuesday, to remove the flag after it was first flown above [&hellip

‘Russia policy on Assad unchanged’

‘Russia policy on Assad unchanged’

​Russia says it has not changed its position regarding the necessity of contribution of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the resolution of the crisis in his country. The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed in a telephone conversation with US President Barack Obama on June 26 that Assad [&hellip