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Egypt amends anti-terrorism law, eliminates jail time for journalists

Al-SisiEgypt's cabinet has amended a draft law so that journalists would be fined, rather than jailed, for contradicting the authorities' version of any armed attack, the state news agency reported. The bill, which sets up new courts for “terrorism trials,” was proposed after Egypt's top prosecutor died in a car bombing and 17 members of the security forces were killed by insurgents in the Sinai.

It has been condemned by rights groups, with Amnesty International saying it would grant President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi “absolute powers” to crush dissent. One provision of the bill would have made it a criminal offence for journalists or others to report on attacks in a way that contradicted the official version of events, with jail terms of at least two years.


The first victims of the A-bomb were American

First A bomb victimsThe explosion was seen nearly 200 miles away, the shock waves felt practically 100 miles away, and 70 years later, America’s first atomic bomb test – codenamed Trinity – still reverberates in the tiny towns and secluded hamlets that ring the edges of the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

Richard Lopez’s farm sits in a verdant valley at the feet of the Magdalena Mountains and 17 miles from ground zero. He believes radiation from the nuclear test permeated the area, contributing to the lymphoma he fought and won.


Family of Miss. police chokehold victim seeks indictment against officer

Jonathan SandersThe family of an unarmed black man killed after allegedly being choked by a Stonewall, Mississippi, police officer last week is pushing for criminal charges, attorneys representing the family of Jonathan Sanders said Wednesday.

A rally is planned on Sunday in Stonewall to protest the death, the attorneys said, and will coincide with Sanders’ funeral.


New species of feather-winged dinosaur unearthed in China

New species of dinosaurA nearly complete, new dinosaur fossil has been unearthed in China, the first in its family to have unusually short feathered wings.

The new species named Zhenyuanlong suni is a close cousin of the dinosaur predator Velociraptor.

Scientists said the new addition, which lived around 125 million years ago, had multiple layers of dense feathers covering both its wings and tail. Experts, however, believe the feathers are more for display instead of flying.


Most of Justice Department suit vs. Arizona sheriff settled

ArpaioCounty officials in metro Phoenix voted unanimously Wednesday to settle parts of a lawsuit that the U.S. Department of Justice brought against a sheriff known for cracking down on illegal immigration.

But the settlement by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors doesn't cover the largest allegation — that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's agency racially profiled Latinos in its regular traffic and immigration patrols.


Search resumes for 6 missing in Kentucky floods

Kentucky floodSearch crews are combing the hilly Appalachian terrain in Kentucky after floodwaters killed three people and left five others missing.

Here is a look at the latest developments: 6:20 p.m.

After the body of a third flood victim was found Wednesday, Johnson County Coroner J.R. Frisby identified him as 22-year-old Richard Blair of the Flat Gap area and said the cause of death was drowning.

Frisby said the body was found on a bank of Mud Lick Creek in a pile of tree debris a short distance from the mobile home where he lived.


The United States: Where Climate Change Is Not Seen as a Top Threat

USA and Climate ChangeThe Pew Research Center is out with the findings of a new global survey which shows that—in contrast to nearly half the nations surveyed—those in the U.S do not see climate change as a top threat.

Forty-two percent of respondents in the U.S. said they were very concerned about global climate change. Ranking higher were perceived threats from ISIS (68 percent), Iran's nuclear program (62 percent), cyber-attacks (59 percent), global economic instability (51 percent), and tensions with Russia (43 percent).


Former Auschwitz guard, 94, convicted as accessory to murder

Auschwitz guard sentencedOskar Groening confessed during his trial to feeling "moral guilt" for serving as an SS sergeant at Auschwitz. On Wednesday, a court ruled that he was guilty of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews and sentenced him to four years in prison.

The 94-year-old, who testified that he oversaw the collection of prisoners' belongings and ensured valuables and cash were separated to be sent to Berlin, listened expressionlessly to the verdict after a 2 1/2-month trial that could set a legal landmark.


NSA document: Israeli special forces assassinated top Syrian military official

Israelis killed Assad advisorEvidence has emerged from leaked US signals intelligence intercepts that Israeli special forces were responsible for assassinating a senior Syrian military official who was a close adviser to President Bashar al-Assad.

Brig Gen Mahmoud Suleiman was shot dead on a beach near the northern Syrian port of Tartus in August 2008. The Guardian reported at the time that the seaside murder was perpetrated by a sniper firing from a yacht moored offshore.


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