Turkish pop star jailed for mocking religious schools

Ankara, Turkey – Turkish pop star Gulsen has been arrested for “inciting hatred and enmity” by joking about Turkish religious schools, the country’s state-run news agency reported. The 46-year-old singer and songwriter, whose full name is Gulsen Kolakoglu, was taken from her home in Istanbul for questioning and formally arrested late Thursday. He was then … Read more

Russian shells in eastern Ukraine, 3 killed

Kyiv, Ukraine — Ukrainian officials said on Monday that at least three Ukrainian civilians have been killed and about 20 others wounded in the Russian military’s latest artillery barrage. The eastern region of Donetsk, one of the two provinces that make up the country’s industrial heartland Donbass, which has been the center of the Russian … Read more

Rapper Mystical again accused of rape; held without bond

Rapper Mystical was jailed in Louisiana on Monday for more than a year on rape charges after prosecutors dropped charges that had jailed him for 18 months in another part of the state. Michael “Mystical” Tyler was arrested on charges including rape and domestic abuse battery, outside Baton Rouge, Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webere said … Read more

American basketball star Griner due on Russian court

Moscow — More than four months later he was arrested at Moscow airport for cannabis possession, US Basketball Star Brittany Griner is due to appear in court on Monday for a preliminary hearing ahead of her trial. The Phoenix Mercury star, considered by some polls to be the United States’ most talented female athlete, could … Read more

Bill Cosby Civil Trial Jury Should Begin Deliberations

Santa Monica, Calif. , After two days of deliberation, in which they reached a verdict on almost all the questions put before them, the jury in a civil trial to decide on the sexual abuse allegations against Bill Cosby will begin Monday. By the end of the court’s day on Friday, a Los Angeles County … Read more