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Franco-era policeman in extradition hearing in Spanish court

By Sonya Dowsett MADRID (Reuters) - A former Spanish policeman denied he had carried out torture at a hearing in a Madrid court on Thursday, part of an extradition request from Argentina, where he is wanted for crimes allegedly committed during dictator General Francisco Franco's rule. Antonio Gonzalez, 67, spoke only to oppose his extradition and deny accusations of torture, radio station Cadena Ser said.

Chad dictator lawyers say war crimes trial 'political'

The lawyers for Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre said on Thursday his prosecution in Senegal for crimes against humanity was politically motivated and driven by the Chadian spy agency. The 71-year-old faces accusations of war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture during his regime in Chad between 1982 and 1990, when some 40,000 people were killed, according to rights groups.

French priest charged with rape, torture during exorcisms

A priest in an ultra-conservative Catholic sect has been charged with rape and torture for acts allegedly committed during exorcisms involving three schoolteachers. Versailles prosecutor Vincent Lesclous told AFP the 40-year-old priest with the Society of Saint Pius X, whose identity has not been released to protect the victims, was charged on Wednesday and is being held without bail. He is facing charges of aggravated rape, torture and "committing barbarous acts" for the alleged assaults on three teachers at a private religious school in the western suburbs of Paris.

Dutch school tries to block hidden camera bullying footage

A Dutch school is going to court to stop a television channel showing hidden-camera footage shot by a victim of bullying using equipment supplied by the broadcaster. A national furore has broken out over the programme with the privacy-sensitive country divided over the ethics of secretly filming children at school. "We are going to court," Peter Smit, spokesman for Rotterdam's Einstein Lyceum high school, told AFP on Thursday.

Top court rejects appeals for tobacco damages

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- The top court rejected the last legal appeals for ailing smokers seeking compensation from the nation's leading tobacco maker on Thursday, saying there is no causal connection between smoking and lung cancer. Upholding a lower court's ruling and ending a 15-year-long legal battle, the Supreme Court threw out two damages suits brought on by 30 lung cancer patients and their families against the government and KT

Top court rejects appeals for tobacco damages

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- The top court rejected the last legal appeals for ailing smokers seeking compensation from the nation's leading tobacco maker on Thursday, saying there is no causal connection between smoking and lung cancer. Upholding a lower court's ruling and ending a 15-year-long legal battle, the Supreme Court threw out two damages suits brought on by 30 lung cancer patients and their families against the government and KT

Top court rejects appeals for tobacco damages

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- The top court rejected the last legal appeals for ailing smokers seeking compensation from the nation's leading tobacco maker on Thursday, saying there is no causal connection between smoking and lung cancer. Upholding a lower court's ruling and ending a 15-year-long legal battle, the Supreme Court threw out two damages suits brought on by 30 lung cancer patients and their families against the government and KT

Top court rejects appeals for tobacco damages

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- The top court rejected the last legal appeals for ailing smokers seeking compensation from the nation's leading tobacco maker on Thursday, saying there is no correlation between smoking and lung cancer. Upholding a lower court's ruling and ending a 15-year-long legal battle, the Supreme Court threw out two damages suits brought on by 30 lung cancer patients and their families against the government and KT

Canadians: No appetite for the jobs that temporary foreign workers fill?

OTTAWA - Amid the uproar of yet another temporary foreign worker scandal, some observers insist that many Canadians in various regions of the country simply won't work the jobs coveted by those eager to start a new life in Canada. Hotel chambermaids and restaurant workers, particularly in regions of the country struggling with labour shortages, are among the positions that small businesses are having trouble filling, said Daniel Kelly, head of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

CVS kicks the tobacco habit - industry waits to see if it's a retail rebel, or the future

It has long been gospel among retailers that tobacco pulls so much business into stores, with smokers also picking up water, gum or a bag of chips, that dumping it would be a sales killer. However, with pressure from anti-smoking forces growing, tobacco use waning and now a national drugstore chain jettisoning cigarettes for good, is this calculus starting to crack?
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