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Former Liberal senator cleared of sexual harassment by investigator

OTTAWA - An independent investigation has cleared Sen. Colin Kenny of allegations of sexual and workplace harassment, as well as abuse of authority. The probe was ordered by the Senate after a former staffer in Kenny's office complained he'd required her to do personal business and errands for him on business time. In addition, Pascale Brisson, who later quit her job, claimed that the longtime Liberal made comments about her appearance and invited her to his Ottawa condo.

Supreme Court conundrum: Do you have to intend to defraud bank to be guilty of bank fraud?

WASHINGTON - The question at the Supreme Court on Tuesday was whether you have to intend to defraud a bank to be guilty of bank fraud under federal law. That question, perhaps surprisingly, has produced different answers in federal appeals courts around the country. The justices wrestled with how to arrive at a decision that would apply nationwide, amid concerns that a broad application of the federal law would sweep under it many crimes that are usually prosecuted by state authorities.

Kenya to charge men in 'grasscutter' case with gang rape

A group of men in Kenya accused of ferociously gang raping a schoolgirl and originally punished by being made to cut grass around a police station are to be formally charged, the public prosecutor said on Tuesday. Worldwide outrage over the punishment last year prompted over 1.6 million people to sign a petition demanding justice, with the office of the director of public prosecution then ordering an investigation into the handling of the case.

Journalist's father says Egypt trial 'mental torture'

The father of Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste said Tuesday that the Australian's trial in Egypt over alleged links to the banned Muslim Brotherhood was "psychological torture" for his family. Greste has denied charges of spreading false news and supporting the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi but was refused bail on Monday after appearing in court in a caged dock.

Tunisia police deny rape, accuse 'victim' of seeking sex

Two Tunisian policemen accused of raping a young woman denied the charge Monday, instead accusing her of seeking to have sex with them, provoking an emotional outburst from the alleged victim. "They denied everything," Radhia Nasraoui, a lawyer of the young woman known by her pseudonym Meriem Ben Mohamed, told AFP. One of the accused claimed instead that the young woman had tried to perform oral sex, Nasraoui added. Koutheir Bouallegue, another of the victim's lawyers, confirmed the policemen denied raping her.

Iran director screens film to save man on death row

An Iranian film director is to held a private screening of his latest movie on Saturday to raise funds to save the life of a 26-year-old on death row. Mostafa Kiaei, director of "Special Line", said he had learnt by accident of the young man's case and wanted to help raise the "blood money" to be paid to the family of a murder victim. "I didn't know the convict before and I learned about the case through a contact in the judiciary," Kiaei told AFP.

Iran director screens film to save man on death row

An Iranian film director is to hold a private screening of his latest movie on Saturday to raise funds to save the life of a 26-year-old on death row. Mostafa Kiaei, director of "Special Line", said he had learnt by accident of the young man's case and wanted to help raise the "blood money" to be paid to the family of a murder victim. "I didn't know the convict before and I learned about the case through a contact in the judiciary," Kiaei told AFP.

Japan, Malaysia agree on need for "flexibility" in TPP talks

Koya Nishikawa, a House of Representatives member of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, on Monday held talks in the Malaysian capital with Malaysian Trade Minister Mustapa Mohamad. The two officials agreed on the importance of the countries involved in stalled negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, including the United States, exhibiting "flexibility" toward each others' positions in order to advance the talks.

Conservatives to roll out Victims Bill of Rights within "next few days," MacKay

OTTAWA - A long-promised victim's bill of rights is about to be introduced in Parliament, The Canadian Press has learned. The arrival of the legislation is bound to drive another political lightning rod into the already fractured ground in the House of Commons. Justice Minister Peter MacKay, in a letter to the Conservative caucus on Sunday, said he looks forward to delivering on the throne speech commitment "over the next few days."

Microsoft beefs up customer privacy policy

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp, under fire for accessing an employee's private Hotmail account to prove he was leaking computer code to a blogger, has said it will now refer all suspicions of illegal activity on its email services to law enforcement. The decision, announced by head lawyer Brad Smith on Friday, reverses Microsoft's initial reaction to complaints last week, when it laid out a plan to refer such cases to an unidentified former federal judge, and proceed to open a suspect email account only if that person saw evidence to justify it.
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