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Venezuela quells soldiers' revolt, top court blasts congress

Venezuela quells soldiers' revolt, top court blasts congress

World
Venezuela plunged deeper into turmoil Monday as security forces put down a pre-dawn uprising by national guardsmen that triggered violent street protests, and the Supreme Court moved to undercut the opposition-controlled congress' defiant new leadership. Socialist party chief Diosdado Cabello said 27 guardsmen were arrested and more could be detained as the investigation unfolds. The mutiny struck at a time when opposition leaders have regained momentum in their efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro. They have called for a nationwide demonstration Wednesday, urging Venezuelans — especially members of the armed forces — to abandon Maduro. The uprising triggered protests in a poor neighborhood just a few miles (kilometers) from Venezuela's presidential palace. It was dispers...
South Korean court orders compensation to Sewol ferry survivors

South Korean court orders compensation to Sewol ferry survivors

World
SEOUL, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A South Korean court ordered the government and a ferry company to compensate survivors of a 2014 ferry sinking for their mental suffering. The Suwon District Court ruled Monday in favor of 20 victims and their family members in their compensation lawsuit against the South Korean government and Cheonghaejin Marine Co., the operator of the Sewol ferry. The court acknowledged that the government and the ferry operator were negligent in their rescue operations and caused survivors to experience severe psychological stress in the deadly ferry sinking that killed 304 passengers, mostly high school students on a school trip. A total of 172 passengers were rescued from the ferry, which capsized off South Korea's southern coast on April 16, 2014. The government and the sh...
Losing DR Congo presidential candidate Martin Fayulu challenges results in court

Losing DR Congo presidential candidate Martin Fayulu challenges results in court

World
Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Martin Fayulu, the runner-up presidential candidate in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has gone to court to challenge the election results. Another opposition candidate, Felix Tshisekedi, was declared the winner Thursday by the electoral commission but Fayulu's coalition said Friday he captured 61 percent of the vote in the Central African nation, Voice of America reported. They cited figures from the Catholic Church, which placed 40,000 election observers across the country. The coalition said Tshisekedi won 18 percent of the vote. The commission's report said Tshisekedi received 39 percent of the vote, Fayulu had 35 and 24 percent went to outgoing President Joseph Kabila's preferred successor Emmanuel Shadary The results from the Dec. 30 election are due to be publis...
Kevin Spacey in court to face charges of groping teenager

Kevin Spacey in court to face charges of groping teenager

Entertainment
Media playback is unsupported on your device Actor Kevin Spacey has appeared in court to face a charge of indecent assault and battery stemming from an allegation of groping in 2016.A not-guilty plea was entered on the two-time Oscar winner's behalf by his lawyers during the hearing in the US state of Massachusetts.He is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old male after plying him with alcohol at a bar in Nantucket in 2016.Assault claims against him have also surfaced in London and Los Angeles. What happened in court?Mr Spacey, 59, was mobbed by media as he arrived at the packed courtroom on the normally sleepy resort island of Nantucket on Monday after arriving by private jet. The actor nodded when Judge Thomas Barrett told him he was ...
Uber loses Appeal Court battle to deny drivers rights

Uber loses Appeal Court battle to deny drivers rights

Technology
Uber has lost a Court of Appeal battle against giving its drivers basic employment protections, including minimum wage and holiday pay. The judgement could put Uber's business model in the UK at risk, requiring it to recognise drivers as "limb (b)" workers - crucially allowing them to collective bargaining rights.The company has been engaged in legal appeals since 2016, when an employment tribunal found it unlawfully classed drivers as independent contractors.Sir Terence Etherton, the second most senior judge in England and Wales, told the court that the tribunal was "not only entitled, but correct" to class Uber drivers as workers. He added: "Not only do we see no reason to disagree with the factual conclusions of the [tribunal] as to the working relationship between U...