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Egypt jails Brotherhood leaders for 15 years over lawyer's torture CAIRO: An Egyptian court Saturday jailed eight men, including two Muslim Brotherhood leaders, for up to 15 years over the torture of a lawyer during the 2011 uprising against ex-president Hosni Mubarak, judicial sources said.Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters have been jailed, with hundreds receiving lengthy prison terms, in a brutal government crackdown since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July.The court in Cairo on Saturday sentenced Brotherhood leaders Mohamed al-Beltagy and Safwat Hegazy as well as an Al-Jazeera journalist and one other defendant for 15 years, the sources said.Four other defendants, including Osama Yassin, youth minister during Morsi's turbulent one-year rule, were jailed for three years.The defendants were convicted of "torturing, electrocuting and sexually assaulting" a lawyer after locking him up for three days inside the office of a travel agency near Cairo's Tahrir Square on February 3, when the roundabout was packed with protesters ...

Morocco wants 2015 Africa Cup postponed over Ebola RABAT: The Moroccan government on Friday called for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to be postponed due to the deadly Ebola epidemic. The biennial competition is scheduled to be held in the North African country from January 17 to February 8.Morocco's health ministry made the plea in the wake of their decision "to avoid events which involve those countries affected by the Ebola virus," the MAP news agency quoted a government statement as saying.The ...
Mozambique to vote in economic boom election MAPUTO: Mozambicans go to the polls on Wednesday as the impoverished and long strife-torn country stands on the cusp of reaping vast oil and gas wealth.Frelimo, a once Marxist-Leninist party that has ruled since independence from Portugal in 1975, is almost certain to win.But it will emerge with a new president at the helm and, in all likelihood, a lower margin of victory.The party's nominee is little-known Filipe Nyusi, 55, who would be Mozambique's first ...
Militant announce blood-soaked return to northern Mali BAMAKO: From roadside bombs and rocket attacks to murderous ambushes launched on motorbikes, Mali's ousted militant have announced their return in a bloodbath of foreign troops in the desert north.Some 19 months since they were driven from the conflict-ravaged west African nation in a French-led military intervention, various militant groups have stepped up a campaign of violence which hit its gruesome nadir with the deaths of nine UN peacekeepers on Friday.The slaying of the soldiers, ...
US cameraman for NBC infected with Ebola in Liberia WASHINGTON: A 33-year-old American working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC News has been infected with Ebola and will be flown back to the United States, the network said Thursday."The freelancer came down with symptoms on Wednesday, feeling tired and achy. As part of a routine temperature check, he discovered he was running a slight fever," said NBC's website."He immediately quarantined himself and sought medical advice."The man, who was only hired on Tuesday, ...
Egyptian court jails 68 Muslim Brotherhood supporters CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced 68 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to jail terms on Tuesday, judicial sources said, in a case related to deadly violence a year ago after the army's ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.All were found guilty of killing 30 people and intending to kill others in Cairo on October 6, 2013, when more than 50 people died in clashes across the country between Mursi opponents and supporters.Judge Mohamed Ali Al-Faqi gave 63 ...
Khmer Rouge leaders lodge appeal of convictions PHNOM PENH: Two Khmer Rouge leaders have formally appealed convictions for crimes against humanity which saw them handed life sentences by Cambodia's UN-backed court.Their lawyers immediately vowed to appeal, but the details only emerged in documents posted on the tribunal's website dated Monday.In a 30-page document Nuon Chea's legal team alleged 223 errors in the case and judgement against their client and said this amounted to a "miscarriage of justice". They also accused the judges ...


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