ISTANBUL – A Turkish court on Friday sentenced a former local head of Amnesty International to more than six years in jail and convicted three other activists on terrorism-related charges for holding a meeting about digital security, the rights group said. Amnesty Turkey said on Twitter that seven other defendants, detained three years ago during a crackdown following an attempted coup in July 2016, were acquitted in a case which fuelled concern over Ankara’s human…"Turkish court convicts four rights activists on terrorism-related charges"
LONDON – The United Kingdom’s death toll from confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus rose by 137 to 44,131, government figures showed on Friday. The total included a revision for one death which had previously been counted twice."UK death toll from confirmed cases rises to 44,131, up 137"
OTTAWA – Canada is suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in the wake of China’s move to impose national security legislation on the former British colony, top officials said on Friday. In a statement, Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne also said Ottawa would not permit the export of sensitive military items to Hong Kong, which is home to around 300,000 Canadians. The new legislation came into effect this week despite protests from Hong Kongers and…"Canada says it will suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong"
WASHINGTON – A Democratic U.S. senator says he has written to Attorney General William Barr outlining his concerns about potential “political interference” by the Trump administration in an investigation of a private espionage firm that targeted environmental groups in the United States. Last month reported that U.S. law enforcement was investigating aspects of a seven-year-long hack-for-hire operation carried out by a New Delhi-based firm called BellTroX InfoTech Services on behalf of unknown clients. Senator Sheldon…"Senator warns of political pressure on U.S. probe into hackers of green groups"
ISTANBUL – A Turkish court put 20 Saudi officials on trial in absentia on Friday for the gruesome killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi which sparked international outrage and tarnished the image of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler. Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018 when he went there seeking papers for his marriage. Some Western governments, as well as the CIA, said they believed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman…"Turkish court tries Saudis in absentia for Khashoggi killing"
ISTANBUL – Seven suspects went on trial in Turkey on Friday over their alleged involvement in former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn’s dramatic escape from Japan to Lebanon via Istanbul at the end of last year. Ghosn, once a titan of the global auto industry, had been arrested in Japan in late 2018 and charged with underreporting his salary and using company funds for personal purposes, charges he denies. The ousted chairman of the alliance of…"Suspects in Ghosn’s Japanese escape stand trial in Turkey"
– The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower-court ruling that would have relaxed voting restrictions in Alabama state during the coronavirus pandemic. Alabama requires voters to submit a photo identification when they apply for an absentee ballot, and it requires that ballot to be returned along with the signature of two witnesses or a notary. A U.S. district court judge in Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city, issued a ruling in June that would have…"U.S. Supreme Court blocks Alabama order easing voting restrictions"
WASHINGTON – Geoffrey Berman, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan who was ousted from his job last month amid an investigation by his office into President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani, will appear for a closed-door interview before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee next week, a congressional aide said on Thursday."Ousted U.S. prosecutor Berman to appear for closed-door congressional interview"
WASHINGTON – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday he fully supports the Florida governor’s efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak, even as the state earlier reported the biggest one-day increase in cases since the pandemic started. “We fully support your prudent steps in working to slow the spread and the rising cases that are impacting Florida today,” Pence said at a media briefing in Tampa, Florida, with the state’s…"Pence says he fully supports Florida governor’s efforts to slow coronavirus spread"
BOSTON – Japan has formally asked the United States to extradite a former Green Beret and his son accused of helping former Nissan Motor Co boss Carlos Ghosn flee the country while he was awaiting trial on financial charges. Japan submitted a request to the U.S. State Department to extradite Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor, after they were provisionally arrested in Massachusetts in May, the U.S. Justice Department said in a court filing…"Japan asks U.S. to extradite men accused of helping ex-Nissan boss Ghosn flee"