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Egyptian court confirms 20-year prison sentence for ex-president Mohamed Morsi

Morsi sentencedAn Egyptian appeals court upheld a 20-year prison sentence Saturday for ousted President Mohamed Morsi, convicted of inciting violence during a 2012 demonstration.

The decision by the Court of Cassation, Egypt's highest appellate court, is final and cannot be further appealed, but it can be overturned by a presidential pardon. The court also upheld verdicts against eight co-defendants, including seven who received the same sentence.


Cameroon train crash death toll as high as 73, rescuers say

Cameroon train crashThe death toll from an overloaded train that derailed in Cameroon has risen, rescue workers and hospital staff said Saturday, estimating that at least 73 people had been killed.

Bodies were strewn along the tracks as workers continued looking for others injured and dead in Friday's crash.


Egypt: Senior military official shot dead in Cairo

Egyptian general assassinatedA senior Egyptian army officer was shot dead outside his home in a Cairo suburb, AFP news agency reported, citing a military official and a relative.

Brigadier General Adel Ragaei, who commanded an armoured division deployed in the Sinai, died in a hail of bullets on Saturday, as he left his home in the Obour City suburb, according to his sister-in-law Huda Zein Elabedine.


Gunfire, blasts as ISIL attacks Kirkuk amid Mosul push

ISIL attacks KirkukISIL fighters have attacked multiple targets in and around the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, in a major assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi and Kurdish forces from a massive push against Mosul, the armed group's last major stronghold in Iraq.

The coordinated attacks began early on Friday when fighters armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked a power station and government buildings, including the police headquarters.


U.S. service member killed in northern Iraq

Us sservice member killed in IraqA U.S. service member has been killed by a bomb in northern Iraq, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

The service member was hit by an improvised explosive device, the Pentagon said in a short statement without elaboration. A Defense Department spokesman said there was nothing more to add now. And the name of the dead service member was not released.


Inside Iraq's Mosul: 'We fear for our lives'

Mozul inhabitants fear for their livesFamilies inside Iraq's Mosul say they are living in fear and desperation as the military operation to retake the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) pushes on.  

Speaking to Al Jazeera on the phone from inside Mosul, Abu Yazan, 36, who didn't want his real name used fearing reprisals from the group also known as ISIS, said fleeing the city was "not possible" at this stage.


Philippine President Duterte announces separation from U.S.

Philippine president Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared Thursday that he’s breaking from the United States, saying that he is strengthening ties with China and that America “lost.”

“I announce my separation from the United States," said Duterte in Beijing, where he’s meeting with business leaders and elected official. "I have separated from them. So I will be dependent on you for all time. But do not worry. We will also help as you help us."


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