KSA, US push Syria truce

Updated 09 February 2016
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KSA, US push Syria truce

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia and the US will push for an immediate cease-fire in Syria at international talks this week, their top diplomats said Monday.
Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and US Secretary of State John Kerry met in Washington to prepare for broader negotiations in Munich in Thursday, said AFP.
“We have a tremendous stake in trying to resolve the problems in the region before they consume all of us,” Al-Jubeir said, giving brief remarks with Kerry.
Both Kerry and Al-Jubeir cited UN Security Council resolution 2254, which calls for a cease-fire and humanitarian access to besieged Syrian towns.


Egypt court sentences 65 people over 2013 violence

Updated 23 September 2018
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Egypt court sentences 65 people over 2013 violence

  • The Sunday decision by the Minya Criminal Court included a life sentence for Mohammed Badie
  • The case which ran for over three years included more than 35 hearings

CAIRO: An Egyptian court has sentenced 64 people to varying prison terms and one man to death over violence in 2013 when the military overthrew the elected Islamist president.
The Sunday decision by the Minya Criminal Court included a life sentence for Mohammed Badie, the spiritual guide of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, over events in the city of el-Adwa, south of Cairo, where a crowd raided a police station and a sergeant was killed.
The case which ran for over three years included more than 35 hearings, with testimony by the defense and witnesses.
The death sentence, issued to a man named Ahmed Ashour, will now be reviewed by Egypt’s top religious authorities for their non-binding opinion. The ruling can still be appealed.