There are some 70,000 people in Germany's prisons, and many of the facilities are overcrowded. What’s more, prisoners also cost taxpayers money. That's why in many parts of Germany, criminals are allowed to do community service instead of hard time.
A Turkish court has given 40 ex-soldiers life sentences over a plot to kill President Erdogan during last year's failed coup. Erdogan has said the plot left him just minutes from death.
Roque M. had been tasked with surveilling Salafist organizations for the German domestic intelligence agency. But instead of protecting the public, he "regretfully" endangered it.
VW's emissions scam has stained the firm's reputation and even undercut Germany’s well-cultivated image as a bastion of excellence, precision and environmentalism. One of those behind the scandal is set to be sentenced.
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and two other student leaders have been sentenced for their role in the Umbrella Movement's 2014 demos. The Beijing-backed government has been seeking tougher sentences for protesters.
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