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Egypt's ousted President Morsi buried after courtroom death

Jun. 18, 2019 3:30 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's first democratically elected president, Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi, was buried under heavy security early on Tuesday, a day after his dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom, a member of his defense team said. Morsi's family attended funeral prayers in the mosque of...

The Latest: Iran extends condolences in Egypt death of Morsi

Jun. 18, 2019 2:59 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments in Egypt after former President Mohammed Morsi's dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom (all times local): 8:35 a.m. Iran is extending condolences to the Egyptian nation over the death of Egypt's ousted former president, Mohammed Morsi. The Foreign...

Sharer of New Zealand mosque shooting video gets 21 months

Jun. 17, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A Christchurch businessman who shared a video of worshippers being slaughtered at a New Zealand mosque was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 months in prison. Philip Arps had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing the video, which was livestreamed on Facebook by a...

The Latest: Amnesty urges Egypt to investigate Morsi's death

Jun. 17, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's death during a court hearing (all times local): 9:50 p.m. A leading human right group is urging Egypt to investigate the death of former President Mohammed Morsi. Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader who rose to office in the country's...

Egypt's ousted president Morsi dies in court during trial

Jun. 17, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's first democratically elected president, Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi who was ousted by the military in 2013 after a year in office, collapsed in court while on trial Monday and died, state TV and his family said. The 67-year-old Morsi had just addressed the court, speaking from the...

Judge declares mistrial on remaining counts in Benghazi case

Jun. 17, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. judge has declared a mistrial on 15 remaining charges against a Libyan militant who was found guilty last week of playing an instrumental role in the 2012 Benghazi attacks. The mistrial in the case of Mustafa al-Imam was declared Monday in Washington after a jury could not reach a...

Closing arguments at trial of self-improvement group founder

Jun. 17, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A secret society billed as a "sisterhood" that would empower women instead was a scam used to put them under the control of the sex-crazed leader of a purported self-help group, a federal prosecutor said Monday in closing arguments at a New York City trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira...

Toomey wades into fight over $100M private schools bill

Jun. 17, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey waded into a budget fight in Pennsylvania on Monday over substantially expanding state taxpayer support for private and religious schools that is stoking pushback from public school advocates. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to veto the measure, but Toomey,...

'Emanuel' explores life after tragic church shooting

Jun. 17, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Pinckney was hiding under a desk holding the mouth of her then-6-year-old daughter when Dylann Roof fired more than 70 shots in Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine black worshippers. The new documentary, "Emanuel," explores life after the tragic...

Search warrant cites synagogue shooter's hatred of Judaism

Jun. 17, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The sole gunman in a Southern California synagogue shooting in which a woman was killed told an investigator he adopted his hatred of Judaism 18 months before the fatal attack, according to a federal search warrant. John T. Earnest, 19, also told a San Diego Sheriff's detective that he was...