World Bulletin / News Desk
An Egyptian court sentenced former oil minister Sameh Fahmy to 15 years in prison on Thursday for selling cheap gas to Israel and squandering public funds, a judicial source said.
Fahmy was arrested and held in custody in April 2011 and his trial began the next month.
Prosecutors said former president Hosni Mubarak's government sold gas at preferential rates to Israel and other countries, costing Egypt billions of dollars in lost revenue.
Suspicions of high-level corruption helped drive protests that unseated Mubarak in February 2011 and led to a string of lawsuits against him and several of his associates.
Mubarak was tried and handed a life prison sentence this month for his role in the killing of hundreds of protesters against his rule.
Hussein Salem, a major shareholder in East Mediterranean Gas (EMG), which exported the gas to Israel, was given a 15-year prison sentence in absentia by the court. Salem fled to Spain after the uprising.
Ten other petroleum ministry officials received jail terms of between three and 10 years in prison and fines totalling 2.5 billion Egyptian pounds ($412.47 million) on Thursday, the judicial source said. ($1 = 6.0610 Egyptian pounds)
Rescue workers feared the continuing rain could set off further landslides in the area after a month's worth of rain fell in one night
The airbase at Tabqa, some 40 km (25 miles) east of the city of Raqqa in northeast Syria, represents the government's last foothold in an area
In Washington, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill announced she would lead a Senate hearing next month to look at the militarization of local police departments.
Ugandan officials explained to the visiting rebels that Uganda had not deployed its troops to take sides in the conflict, but rather it went "in to stop a genocide".
Long-anticipated parliamentary report shows that 10 racist murders could have been prevented, underlines grave failures of intelligence.
As approval for president Maduro falls by 18 percent since last December, Venezuela plans to install biometric checks in supermarkets in a bid to stop government-subsidized goods from being smuggled out of the country.
Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan criticized the United States for issuing a statement supporting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The ongoing unrest centers on a territorial dispute along the border of two Indian states, Assam and Nagaland.
Nationals from Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Yemen were among those injured in the accident.
Boko Haram rebels ovverun one of Nigeria's two mobile police schools.
Mahmoud Taha Tolba, 25, was shot in the back as security forces broke up a protest staged by Morsi supporters in Dalga village.
Ismail Haniyeh's comments come after three senior commanders of Hamas's armed wing, Qassam Brigades, were assassinated by Israel on Thursday.
The World Food Programme says deliveries of basic supplies to more than 1 million people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are intended to avoid a food crisis in those West African countries
The crisis threatens to topple Humala's sixth cabinet as opposition lawmakers attack the new prime minister, as well as the finance minister and energy and mines minister.
Bachelet has pledged to make major changes to Chile's education system, which was privatized under the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, and is often poor quality and expensive
"If we agree to do something in Iraq, the other side in the negotiations will need to do something in return," Zarif said