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)
Son Chhay, a Buddhist member of Parliament for the Cambodia National Rescue Party, has claimed that those with extremist views could “stir up” tensions
11 Palestinian ministers have entered the Gaza Strip through the Israeli-controlled Erez border crossing for a one-week stay aimed at discussing the Gaza Strip's most pressing problems
Russian Minister for Sport Vitaly Mutko said the centres would act as warm weather training complexes for elite Russian athletes.
EU foreign policy chief urged after one of the worst migrant boat disastersafter.
A video released by ISIL armed group purportedly shows the execution of dozens of Ethiopian Christians by its affiliates in two separate areas of Libya.
Questions raised of northeast Australian police for abandoning investigation into anti-Muslim hate mail.
The eyewitnesses said the device went off near a headquarters of UNRWA in western Gaza City
In capital Khartoum, al-Bashir scored significantly higher than his competitors for the country's highest office, according to unofficial results.
Addressing the opening session of the forum, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn called for eradicating terrorism and extremism in the African continent.
The settlers toured the complex, passing through Al-Qibali and Dome of the Rock mosques before leaving from Al-Silsila Gate
The United Nations said on Sunday, more than 90,000 people fleeing violence in Iraq's Anbar province
Twenty eight people were rescued in the incident, which happened in an area just off Libyan waters, 120 miles south of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa
Gaza Interior Ministry said Saturday, this has been the longest closure of the crossing since 2009
Ondo State's Health Commissioner said the number of deaths so far stands at 17. It has not yet been established that this is an infectious disease
"I am happy about that for Greece, But I do not think that this would solve the problems " German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Saturday.