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Court sentences journalists to prison

CAIRO — An Egyptian court sentenced three Al Jazeera TV journalists to three years in prison on Saturday for operating without a press license and broadcasting material harmful to Egypt, a case that has stirred an international outcry.

Thousands rally to pressure Malaysia’s PM

KUALA LUMPUR — Tens of thousands joined a peaceful protest in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak, bringing to the streets a political crisis over a multi-million-dollar payment made to an account under his name.

U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan, Taliban seizes district

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan — Taliban fighters seized a district headquarters in Afghanistan’s Helmand province on Monday despite repeated U.S. air strikes to repel them, adding to the insurgents’ recent advances in a heavily fought over region of opium farms and trade routes.

Tropical storm Erika headed for eastern Caribbean

MIAMI — Tropical storm watches were issued early Tuesday as Erika, the fifth named storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, moved towards the Eastern Caribbean, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

ISIL shows images of temple destruction

BEIRUT/DAMASCUS — Islamic State militants published photos on Tuesday purporting to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, an act the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO has called a war crime.

China cuts rates, reserve ratio after stocks plummet again

SHANGHAI/BEIJING — China’s central bank cut interest rates and lowered the amount of reserves banks must hold for the second time in two months on Tuesday, ratcheting up support for a stuttering economy and a plunging stock market that has sent shockwaves around the globe.

Protests over draft Nepal charter turn violent, 9 dead

KATHMANDU -- At least nine people were killed in Nepal on Monday when demonstrators attacked police with spears, knives, axes and scythes during a protest against proposals for administrative reform in the Himalayan country.

South Korea talks tough amid heightened tensions with North

SEOUL — South Korean President Park Geun-hye demanded on Monday that North Korea apologize over recent landmine blasts, even as the bitter rivals held marathon talks to defuse tensions that have brought the peninsula back to the brink of armed conflict.

U.K.: Iran sanctions could be lifted in 2016

TEHRAN — International sanctions on Iran could start to be lifted as early as spring next year, Britain’s foreign minister said on Monday, as Tehran and the West rebuild their ties and potentially open up billions of dollars of trade deals.

U.S., British citizens honored for disarming gunman

PARIS -- French President Francois Hollande bestowed France's highest honour on Monday on three Americans and a Briton who helped disarm a gun-toting suspected Islamist militant on a train last week.

Two people may have committed suicide after hack

TORONTO -- At least two people may have committed suicide following the hacking of the Ashley Madison cheating website, Toronto police said on Monday, warning of a ripple effect that includes scams and extortion of clients desperate to stop the exposure of their infidelity.

U.S., Turkey to launch ‘comprehensive’ operation

ANKARA — Turkey and the United States will soon launch “comprehensive” air operations to flush Islamic State fighters from a zone in northern Syria bordering Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Reuters on Monday.

Train gunman ID’d as Islamist militant

PARIS — A gunman overpowered by passengers on a train in France is known to European authorities as a suspected Islamist militant if the identity he has given is correct, France’s interior minister said on Saturday.

Egyptian Brotherhood leader gets 6th life prison sentence

CAIRO — Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and several other prominent Islamists were sentenced to life in prison on Saturday for murder and inciting violence, judicial sources said, part of an ongoing crackdown on the outlawed group.

North and South Korea exchange artillery fire

SEOUL — South Korea fired dozens of artillery rounds towards North Korea on Thursday after the North shelled across the border to protest against anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by Seoul — the first exchange of fire in 10 months.

Typhoid breaks out in Syria

LONDON — Typhoid has broken out among residents of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, the United Nations said on Wednesday, warning of further disease outbreaks unless aid reached the camp because of the appalling conditions there.

Thai officials focus on suspect

BANGKOK — Thai authorities said on Tuesday they were looking for a suspect seen on closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage near a popular shrine where a bomb blast killed 22 people, nearly half of them foreigners.