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Former U.S. President Trump's criminal trial on charges of falsifying business records continues in New York

Trump trial jurors finish first day of deliberations without a verdict


Jurors in Donald Trump's hush money trial finished their first day of closed-door deliberations on Wednesday without reaching a verdict that would decide the fate of the only U.S. president to be charged with a crime. The 12 jurors and six alternates are due to return to the New York… Read


Prosecutor says Trump hush money payment undermined 2016 election as trial nears end


A New York prosecutor told jurors that Donald Trump engaged in a conspiracy to corrupt the 2016 election and then tried to cover it up, as lawyers made their closing arguments in the former U.S. president's criminal hush money trial on Tuesday. Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass told jurors they would need… Read


Executions worldwide jumped last year to highest number since 2015, Amnesty report says


The number of executions recorded worldwide last year jumped to the highest level since 2015, with a sharp rise in Iran and across the Middle East, Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday. The human rights group said it recorded a total of 1,153 executions in 2023, a 30%… Read


Macron urges a green light for Ukraine to strike targets inside Russia with Western weapons


Western countries should let Ukraine strike military bases inside Russia with the sophisticated long-range weapons they are providing to Kyiv, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday, pressuring his allies in the most recent sign of a potentially significant policy shift that could help change the complexion of the war. The… Read


Israeli strikes kill at least 37 Palestinians, most in tents, near Gaza's Rafah as offensive expands


Israeli shelling and airstrikes killed at least 37 people, most of them sheltering in tents, outside the southern Gaza city of Rafah overnight and on Tuesday — pummeling the same area where strikes triggered a deadly fire days earlier in a camp for displaced Palestinians — according to witnesses, emergency… Read


U.N. rights group says Japan needs to do more to counter human rights abuses


A group working under the U.N. Human Rights Council has issued a wide-ranging report about rights in Japan, including discrimination against minorities and unhealthy working conditions. The report, issued this week in Geneva, recommended various changes in Japan, such as more training in businesses to raise awareness of rights issues,… Read


De Niro slams Trump at press event outside courthouse


Actor Robert De Niro on Tuesday spoke outside the New York court where Donald Trump is standing trial, branding him a dangerous "clown" who will become a dictator for life if reelected. De Niro, a longtime political activist and critic of Trump, has taken a growing role in the campaign… Read


More than 10,000 people have reached UK in small boats since January


More than 10,000 asylum seekers have arrived in Britain in small boats so far this year, updated government data showed on Saturday, underlining a key challenge facing Prime Minister Rishi Sunak ahead of a July 4 national election. The number of people landing on England's southern beaches after making the… Read


Holes poked in mesh screen barrier at popular Mount Fuji viewing spot


A town that mounted a huge barrier to deter unruly tourists from taking photos of Mount Fuji said Tuesday that around 10 small holes have already been poked in the mesh screen. The barrier was put up a week ago in a popular photo spot in Fujikawaguchiko town, Yamanashi Prefecture,… Read


Netanyahu acknowledges 'tragic mistake' after Rafah strike kills at least 45 Palestinians


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged Monday that a “tragic mistake” had been made after an Israeli strike in the southern Gaza city of Rafah set fire to a tent camp housing displaced Palestinians and, according to local officials, killed at least 45 people. The strike only added to the… Read

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