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28 April 2015 - 13:29 pm
21 April 2015 - 14:30 pm
A criminal court in Cairo has sentenced Mohamed Morsi, the elected Islamist president ousted by the military in 2013, to twenty years in prison for the use of violence against protestors and torturing opponents held on the grounds of the presidential palace.
Twelve of his associates, most of them from the Muslim Brotherhood group, received a similar sentence. All were acquitted from murder and illegal possession of weapons. The verdict can be appealed.
The violence goes back to December 2012 when protests erupted in response to a decision by Mr Morsi, to grant himself exceptional powers in order to push through a controversial constitution rejected by liberal and left-wing groups.
17 April 2015 - 13:52 pm
16 April 2015 - 13:46 pm
14 April 2015 - 19:05 pm
The Kremlin confirmed on Tuesday that an oil-for-goods barter deal between Russia and Iran was being implemented and said all legal barriers had been removed to Moscow supplying S-300 missile systems to Tehran.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to give any details of the barter deal. But asked whether a senior Foreign Ministry official was correct when he said on Monday that the exchange had begun, Peskov told reporters: “Absolutely. Of course.”
Peskov also said no legal barriers remained to supplying the advanced Russian air defense system S-300 to Iran after President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday lifting a ban on such deliveries.
“One the whole you can say one thing — from the juridical point of view there are no longer any constraints [on deliveries] now that the decree has been signed,” Peskov said in a conference call with reporters.
Iran and six world powers, including Russia, reached an interim deal with Iran this month on curbing its nuclear program. They have until June 30 to work out a detailed agreement under which Tehran would allow international control in exchange for a lifting of economic sanctions. >> Read More
14 April 2015 - 6:46 am
Just days offer the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks the FBI began to look into a Saudi family residing in Florida who had fled precipitously — abandoning their luxury home, cars, and valuables — just days before the attacks.
But after years of investigation and an initial agent’s report citing the family’s “many connections” to “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001,” the new 128-page report from The 9/11 Review Commission dismisses the initial investigation as a dead-end without thorough explanation, the New York Post reports.
The Review Commission was tasked with assessing the FBI’s performance since the original investigation and to examine “any evidence now known to the FBI that was not considered by the 9/11 Commission.” The panel consisted of three members, appointed by FBI Director James Comey.
Abdulaziz and Anoud al-Hijji were living in a house belonging to Anoud’s father — Esam Ghazzawi — a nephew of then-King Fahd. Just two weeks before the 9/11 attacks, and after six years in the Sarasota, Fla. home, the couple fled to Saudi Arabia, notifying no one and leaving behind almost all their belongings.
Neighbors noticed the coincidence and alerted federal agents, who found that at least one of the family’s members had attended the same flight school in Venice, Fla. as some of the 9/11 hijackers. There were also reports of visitor logs and photos showing that hijackers had visited the gated community where the al-Hijji’s lived.
But the Florida investigation - active for years — was never shared with Congress or included in the 9/11 Commission Report.
Local journalists at the Florida Bulldog first published a story about the 2002 agent report in April of 2013, after receiving the document as part of a still-ongoing Freedom of Information Act request. >> Read More