Johnny Depp’s attorneys challenge Amber Heard on abuse claims

May 16 (Reuters) – Attorneys for actor Johnny Depp began their questioning of Amber Heard in the couple’s defamation trial on Monday and challenged the “Aquaman” star’s claims that she suffered physical abuse before and during their brief marriage. Depp’s attorneys introduced photographs of Heard making public appearances on red carpets and “The James Corden … Read more

US Supreme Court backs Ted Cruz, dumps campaign finance curb

WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court on Monday further undermined campaign finance restrictions, striking down as a free speech violation part of a bipartisan 2002 law challenged by Republican Senator Ted Cruz that federal officials had touted as an anti-corruption safeguard . The justices, in a 6-3 ruling, found that a $250,000 … Read more

Italy prevents pro-Russian hacker attacks during Eurovision contest

Spectators watch the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy, May 14, 2022. REUTERS/Yara Nardi Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MILAN, May 15 (Reuters) – Italian police warned hacker attacks by pro-Russian groups during the May 10 semi-final and Saturday final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, … Read more

Thousands protest across the US to start ‘summer of rage’ to defend abortion rights

WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – Thousands of abortion rights supporters rallied across the United States on Saturday to express their anger over fears the Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide will be overturned by the US Supreme Court. The demonstrations to start what organizers said would be “a summer of rage” are in … Read more

Accused NY subway shooter pleads not guilty to terrorism, weapons charges

Frank James, charged with last month’s mass shooting in a Brooklyn subway, is sworn in before pleading not guilty to terrorism and weapons charges in a courtroom in New York City, New York, US, May 13, 2022 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NEW YORK, May … Read more

Celebrity chef Mario Batali acquitted of sexually assaulting woman in Boston

BOSTON, May 10 (Reuters) – Chef Mario Batali was acquitted on Tuesday of sexually assaulting a woman at a Boston bar in 2017 while posing with her for fan “selfie” photos, with the judge doubting the credibility of the accuser in the latest # MeToo was a trial involving a US celebrity accused of misconduct … Read more

Hong Kong’s next leader endorsed by pro-Beijing elites

HONG KONG, May 8 (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s leader-in-waiting, John Lee, was endorsed for the city’s top job on Sunday by a committee stacked with pro-Beijing loyalists, as the financial hub attempts to relaunch itself after several years of political upheaval. Lee, the sole candidate, received the votes of 1,416 members of a pro-Beijing election … Read more

Lula launches presidential bid, says to defend Brazil’s democracy

SAO PAULO, May 7 (Reuters) – Former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva launched his presidential bid on Saturday calling on Brazilians to unite behind him to defend Brazil’s democracy from the authoritarian government of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. Without mentioning Bolsonaro by name, Lula told supporters at a rally that his adversary was … Read more

Syrians in Berlin seek release of loved ones after presidential amnesty

Protesters unsure what Assad’s amnesty will mean Rights groups fear only small number will be freed Families desperate for news of loved ones missing for years BERLIN/DAMASCUS, May 7 (Reuters) – For ten years, Rojin Derki hoped her brother Mohammad was still alive and would one day be released from a Syrian government prison after … Read more

Former tennis champion Becker jailed in UK bankruptcy case

Former tennis star jailed by London court Becker convicted over bankruptcy offenses Judge says he showed no humility Becker’s reputation ‘is in tatters’, his lawyer says LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) – German tennis great Boris Becker was jailed for two years and six months by a London court on Friday for hiding hundreds of thousands … Read more