CAIRO (AP) - An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the latest twist in a long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.
The case against Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed embroiled their journalism into the wider conflict between Egypt and Qatar following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
It wasn't immediately clear how the sentence would affect the three men, although lawyers said they would be asking for a pardon from President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has personally spoken out against the case.
BERLIN (AP) - Twenty-three-year-old Leila, her husband and two small children spent their first week in Germany in a temporary shelter, an austere but desperately needed haven after a traumatic flight from Syria that began when her husband was told to fight for the government.
Among an expected 800,000 asylum seekers flowing into Germany this year - some four times last year's count - she and her family shared a small room built in a converted covered tennis court in downtown Berlin during their first week in the country in August, furnished with three Ikea bunk beds, a small table and a small closet. They received three meals a day in a common room for the 300 refugees in the facility, and bathrooms were shared.
BANGKOK (AP) - Thai authorities Saturday arrested a foreign man they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with stacks of passports and bomb-making materials, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago.
Police and soldiers raided the suspect's apartment in an eastern Bangkok suburb and then announced the arrest on all television channels Saturday evening. The arrest came 12 days after the bombing that authorities have called the most deadly attack in Thailand's modern history.
National police spokesman Prawuth Thavornsiri described the suspect as a 28-year-old "foreign man" who was believed to have been part of a network that carried out the Aug. 17 blast at the Erawan
KECSKEMET, Hungary (AP) - Four men accused of involvement in the trafficking of 71 migrants found dead in a truck in Austria were brought before a Hungarian court on Saturday as prosecutors sought to keep them in custody.
The refrigerated truck with the dead migrants was found Thursday in the safety lane of the main Budapest-to-Vienna highway. The suspects, three Bulgarians and one Afghan, were detained in Hungary later that day.
The case is being heard in Kecskemet, in central Hungary, because the truck set off from the city before picking up the migrants near the country's southern border with Serbia, Gabor Schmidt, a spokesman for the Bacs-Kiskun county chief prosecution office, told reporters outside the courthouse.
BEIRUT (AP) - To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism.
But for many Lebanese, it's a rotting state eaten away by a political class that has long used the country's sectarian power-sharing system to perpetuate corruption and nepotism.
And while recent protests over uncollected trash have challenged an arrangement almost universally denounced by Lebanese, they also can't seem to shake it. Many argue that system is what has allowed the country of 4.5 million people from 18 recognized and often rival sects to survive.
"You Stink," the main activist group behind the protest movement, has called for a massive demonstration on Saturday. Its
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