Trump: ‘I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCohen walked free from court – but will have to report to jail in March US President Donald Trump has said he never directed his former private lawyer to break the law, a day after he was was sentenced to prison. “He was a lawyer and he…

Hungary ‘slave labour’ law sparks protest on parliament steps

Image copyright EPA Image caption There were some clashes between police and protesters on the steps of parliament Protests have broken out in Hungary after the country’s parliament passed new labour laws, which have been labelled “slave labour” by opponents. New rules mean companies can demand up to 400 hours of overtime a year and…

Australian Government Passes Contentious Encryption Law

CANBERRA, Australia — The Australian Parliament passed a contentious encryption bill on Thursday to require technology companies to provide law enforcement and security agencies with access to encrypted communications. Privacy advocates, technology companies and other businesses had strongly opposed the bill, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government said it was needed to thwart criminals and…

Law officer says UK can cancel Brexit

Image copyright ECJ Image caption The case was heard by the full court of European judges last week The UK should be able to unilaterally cancel its withdrawal from the EU, according to a top European law officer. The non-binding opinion was delivered by the European Court of Justice’s advocate general. A group of Scottish…

Ukraine lawmakers approve martial law as tensions with Russia escalate

It’s the first time Ukraine has enacted martial law since the conflict with Russia began in 2014, indicating a major escalation in tensions between the two former Soviet Republics. The law — which could give the government extraordinary powers over civil society — will start on November 28 and will last 30 days. In Parliament,…

Ukraine backs martial law after sea clash

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage of the collision was posted by the Ukrainian Interior Minister Ukraine has declared martial law, after Sunday’s capture of three of its naval vessels and 23 crew members by Russia. After heated debates, lawmakers backed President Petro Poroshenko’s request to bring in martial law that would…

Ukraine, After Naval Clash With Russia, Considers Martial Law

MOSCOW — A dispute between Ukraine and Russia in which each accuses the other of violating laws of the sea escalated sharply on Sunday when the Ukrainian Navy said the Russian military opened fire on several of its ships, wounding six sailors, and seized the vessels. The incident in and around the Kerch Strait, a…

Spain rape law: Outcry as court rules attack not violent

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption After the “wolf pack” trial, demonstrations spread across Spain – this sign reads: “We want to be free” A court’s decision to clear two men of rape despite the victim begging them to stop has prompted outrage in Spain. The court in Lleida in north-eastern Spain jailed the uncle…