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prominent egyptian activist acquitted of illegal protest


cairo — an appeals court in the egyptian city of alexandria has acquitted a prominent activist and rights lawyer of charges of taking part in an illegal demonstration.mahienour el-masry was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison last month over participating last year in a protest against the government's transfer of two strategic red sea islands to saudi arabia.the 2016 deal between saudi arabia and egypt sparked rare protests in egypt, which has all but banned demonstrations since late 2013.el-masry, 31, is widely known for her activism in labor movements, and on behalf of syrian and palestinian refugees living in egypt. she has been outspoken on the rights of detainees and political prisoners.the alexandria court issued its verdict late saturday.






prominent egyptian activist acquitted of illegal protest


cairo (ap) — an appeals court in the egyptian city of alexandria has acquitted a prominent activist and rights lawyer of charges of taking part in an illegal demonstration.mahienour el-masry was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison last month over participating last year in a protest against the government’s transfer of two strategic red sea islands to saudi arabia.the 2016 deal between saudi arabia and egypt sparked rare protests in egypt, which has all but banned demonstrations since late 2013.el-masry, 31, is widely known for her activism in labor movements, and on behalf of syrian and palestinian refugees living in egypt. she has been outspoken on the rights of detainees and political prisoners.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the alexandria court iss






prominent nubian activist dies in detention in egypt


cairo — an egyptian lawyer and an activist say a prominent nubian activist has died in detention.they say gamal sorour died saturday shortly after he arrived at a hospital from prison in the southern city of aswan.sorour's death was reported sunday by prominent rights lawyer ragia omran and sorour's longtime friend and fellow activist, haggag oddoul. omran says his funeral will be held sunday.sorour was among 25 nubians arrested in aswan in september for staging a peaceful protest. they were demanding the return of nubians to their ancestral lands, from which they were evicted in the 1960s to make way for the lake behind the high dam on the nile.his death is likely to renew debate about poor conditions in egyptian prisons and lengthy detention without charges.






prominent nubian activist dies in detention in egypt


cairo (ap) — an egyptian lawyer and an activist say a prominent nubian activist has died in detention.they say gamal sorour died saturday shortly after he arrived at a hospital from prison in the southern city of aswan.sorour’s death was reported sunday by prominent rights lawyer ragia omran and sorour’s longtime friend and fellow activist, haggag oddoul. omran says his funeral will be held sunday.sorour was among 25 nubians arrested in aswan in september for staging a peaceful protest. they were demanding the return of nubians to their ancestral lands, from which they were evicted in the 1960s to make way for the lake behind the high dam on the nile.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.his death is likely to renew debate about poor conditions in egyptian prisons and l






egypt releases egyptian-irish after 4 years detention


cairo — egyptian authorities have released an irish-egyptian man who was detained for four years on charges related to a muslim brotherhood protest in cairo in 2013.ibrahim halawa's release comes a month after an egyptian court acquitted him of charges including murder, arson and illegal possession of weapons. his lawyer, darragh mackin, announced thursday.irish foreign affairs minister simon coveney welcomed the news, saying: "he will soon be able to return home and be reunited with his family."halawa's arrest in 2013 came following the ouster of islamist president mohammed morsi, who hailed from the now-outlawed muslim brotherhood group, after mass protests against his one-year divisive rule.since morsi's ouster, authorities have launched severe crackdown on brotherhood members and suppo






egypt court jails ousted president over insulting judiciary


cairo — an egyptian court has convicted former islamist president mohammed morsi and 18 others over insulting the judiciary, sentencing them to three years in prison.among defendants in the case are prominent rights activist alaa abdel-fattah and political analyst amr hamzawy, both of whom were fined 30,000 egyptian pounds ($1,688). abdel-fattah is serving a five-year sentence for taking part in an illegal protest in 2013. hamzawy lives in exile.saturday's verdict can be appealed.morsi, egypt's first freely elected president, was ousted by the military in 2013 following mass protests against his one-year divisive rule. he has since faced trial on a host of charges, including espionage and conspiring with foreign groups.egypt has since 2013 cracked down on islamists, jailing thousands of th






egypt releases egyptian-irish after 4 years detention


cairo (ap) — egyptian authorities have released an irish-egyptian man who was detained for four years on charges related to a muslim brotherhood protest in cairo in 2013.ibrahim halawa’s release comes a month after an egyptian court acquitted him of charges including murder, arson and illegal possession of weapons. his lawyer, darragh mackin, announced thursday.irish foreign affairs minister simon coveney welcomed the news, saying: “he will soon be able to return home and be reunited with his family.”halawa’s arrest in 2013 came following the ouster of islamist president mohammed morsi, who hailed from the now-outlawed muslim brotherhood group, after mass protests against his one-year divisive rule.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.since morsi’s ouster, authorities






egypt court jails ousted president over insulting judiciary


cairo (ap) — an egyptian court has convicted former islamist president mohammed morsi and 18 others over insulting the judiciary, sentencing them to three years in prison.among defendants in the case are prominent rights activist alaa abdel-fattah and political analyst amr hamzawy, both of whom were fined 30,000 egyptian pounds ($1,688). abdel-fattah is serving a five-year sentence for taking part in an illegal protest in 2013. hamzawy lives in exile.saturday’s verdict can be appealed.morsi, egypt’s first freely elected president, was ousted by the military in 2013 following mass protests against his one-year divisive rule. he has since faced trial on a host of charges, including espionage and conspiring with foreign groups.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.egypt ha






egypt court jails ousted president over insulting judiciary


cairo (ap) — an egyptian court saturday convicted former islamist president mohammed morsi and 19 others of insulting the judiciary, sentencing them to three years in prison in a court session aired on tv.the case involves 25 defendants, five of whom — including prominent rights activist alaa abdel-fattah and political analyst amr hamzawy — were fined 30,000 egyptian pounds each ($1,688). abdel-fattah is serving a five-year sentence for taking part in an illegal protest in 2013. hamzawy lives in exile.all the defendants are accused of insulting the judiciary by making statements that were made public either on tv, radio, social media or in publications that the court found to be inciting and expressing hatred toward the court and the judiciary.the court ordered morsi to pay 1 million egypt






egypt court jails ousted president over insulting judiciary


cairo — an egyptian court saturday convicted former islamist president mohammed morsi and 19 others of insulting the judiciary, sentencing them to three years in prison in a court session aired on tv.the case involves 25 defendants, five of whom — including prominent rights activist alaa abdel-fattah and political analyst amr hamzawy — were fined 30,000 egyptian pounds each ($1,688). abdel-fattah is serving a five-year sentence for taking part in an illegal protest in 2013. hamzawy lives in exile.all the defendants are accused of insulting the judiciary by making statements that were made public either on tv, radio, social media or in publications that the court found to be inciting and expressing hatred toward the court and the judiciary.the court ordered morsi to pay 1 million egyptian p






imprisoned kuwaiti activist announces hunger strike


kuwait city — a kuwaiti human rights activist sentenced to seven years in prison for taking part in a protest in 2011 has announced a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment.a statement issued to the associated press on saturday by sulaiman binjassem's family says he is on hunger strike to protest the court's "unjust ruling."he is among nearly 70 defendants sentenced to prison for briefly entering the parliament building during a protest seven years ago against corruption and allegations of bribery among officials. a lower court acquitted the defendants in 2013, but an appeals court in november found them guilty on a range of other charges, including protesting illegally.binjassem and three others announced earlier this week from prison the creation of a new political bloc.






us woman released from egypt prison after 3 years


a three-year old wait for egyptian-american charity worker aya hijazi, 30, who had been imprisoned, came to an end when an egyptian court acquitted her. hijazi and her husband had established a foundation to aid street children in 2013, but were arrested on charges of child abuse in 2014. six others were also arrested along with…






activists love and lose in the cairo novel, 'the city always wins'


“cairo is jazz: all contrapuntal influences jostling for attention, occasionally brilliant solos standing high above the steady rhythm of the street.” perhaps, but cairo is also where egyptian liberals recently found themselves lodged between the theocratic-minded muslim brotherhood and the power-hungry egyptian military. in a way, it was their beloved cairo (umm al-dunya, or “mother of the world” in arabic) that disabused them of their peculiarly noble hubris. consider the sobering title of omar robert hamilton’s debut novel: “the city always wins.”hamilton’s story portrays the street turmoil that followed dictator hosni mubarak’s ouster in early 2011 and provides a peek into the minds of a group of left-liberal youth. real-life egyptian blogger and activist alaa abd el-fattah, who has la






egypt releases irish-egyptian after 4 years in detention


cairo — egypt released early friday an irish-egyptian man detained for four years on charges related to a 2013 muslim brotherhood protest in cairo, his lawyer said.ibrahim halawa's release, announced by irish lawyer darragh mackin, came about a month after an egyptian court acquitted him of charges including murder, arson and illegal possession of weapons.halawa was tried along with nearly 500 defendants who received sentences up to life in prison in a mass trial that was slammed by rights groups as unfair.amnesty international welcomed halawa's release as a "resounding victory" in a statement. "he should never have been jailed in the first place," said the group's north africa campaigns director, najia bounaim.also, maya foa, director of the u.k.-based rights organization reprieve, said h






egypt activist sentenced to 3 years for government criticism


cairo (ap) — egyptian lawyers say a prominent activist and opposition figure has been sentenced to three years over his criticism of the government’s decision to transfer control over two red sea islands to saudi arabia.defense lawyers zyad el-elaimy and ahmed fawzy said in facebook posts on wednesday that islam marei had been held in pre-trial detention since his june arrest. charges against him included “funding terrorism” and inciting violence.they say the sentence was passed on tuesday. it wasn’t immediately clear if marei, who is a member of the small opposition social democratic party, will appeal his three-year sentence.the 2016 egyptian-saudi accord to hand the red sea islands to saudi arabia has drawn wide public criticism and triggered rare protests in egypt.most read storiesunli






7 arrested during mall protest in suburban st. louis


st. louis — a protest forced a large suburban st. louis shopping mall to close for an hour on one of the year's busiest shopping days, and renewed concerns by protest leaders about how police handle demonstrations.protesters marched friday at the st. louis galleria mall. richmond heights, missouri, police say seven people were arrested for failure to disperse. one of the seven also was cited for assaulting an officer. among those arrested was state rep. bruce franks jr.activist darryl gray says protesters were leaving when police forced a man to the ground. gray says franks tried to intervene on the man's behalf and was pushed to the ground and arrested.franks and gray are leaders of the protest movement that began in september after white former st. louis officer jason stockley was acquit






mexican man acquitted of san francisco murder denied bail


san francisco — the mexican man acquitted of murder in a san francisco case that prompted immigration debate has been denied release from jail pending trial on federal gun charges.jose ines garcia zarate appeared in federal court monday to face two illegal gun possession charges, which were filed after a san francisco jury acquitted him of murder for the july 2015 fatal shooting of kate steinle. garcia zarate has been deported five times and has spent a combined 17 years in u.s. prisons for three illegal re-entry convictions before the shooting.garcia zarate says he found the gun that killed steinle under a seat on a san francisco pier. he says it accidentally fired when he picked it up.he was transferred from san francisco jail to federal custody over the weekend.






nyc judge acquits activist charged after police protest


new york (ap) — a manhattan judge has acquitted a police reform activist in an unusual case where a new york police department lawyer prosecuted her.cristina winsor was arrested during a protest in july 2016 on a disorderly conduct charge. according to the daily news, (http://nydn.us/2yl3gwm ) the judge said monday during her brief trial that police witnesses misrepresented facts later seen on video. she was cleared of the charges.police department lawyers stepped in to prosecute the case because the low-level court where the proceeding was held doesn’t usually have prosecutors. nypd officials have said they are tired of being sued by people in cases that start in the court.winsor is one of two activists challenging the unusual arrangement where the nypd lawyers argue the cases with the bl






7 arrested during mall protest in suburban st. louis


st. louis (ap) — a protest forced a large suburban st. louis shopping mall to close for an hour on one of the year’s busiest shopping days, and renewed concerns by protest leaders about how police handle demonstrations.protesters marched friday at the st. louis galleria mall. richmond heights, missouri, police say seven people were arrested for failure to disperse. one of the seven also was cited for assaulting an officer. among those arrested was state rep. bruce franks jr.activist darryl gray says protesters were leaving when police forced a man to the ground. gray says franks tried to intervene on the man’s behalf and was pushed to the ground and arrested.franks and gray are leaders of the protest movement that began in september after white former st. louis officer jason stockley was a






egypt acquits us-egyptian citizen after 3-year legal ordeal


cairo — an egyptian court has acquitted aya hijazi, a dual u.s.-egyptian citizen, after nearly three years of detention over accusations related to running a foundation dedicated to helping street children.egyptian authorities arrested hijazi, her husband and six others in may 2014 on charges of abusing children in her care and engaging in human trafficking, kidnapping, sexual exploitation and torture. local human rights groups have said the charges are fabricated and part of a crackdown by egypt's government on civil society.the trial has been delayed multiple times on what human rights groups say are absurd pretexts, like the inability to turn on a computer at a court hearing.former democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton, along with several congressmen and international rights






egypt acquits us-egyptian citizen after 3-year legal ordeal


cairo (ap) — an egyptian court has acquitted aya hijazi, a dual u.s.-egyptian citizen, after nearly three years of detention over accusations related to running a foundation dedicated to helping street children.egyptian authorities arrested hijazi, her husband and six others in may 2014 on charges of abusing children in her care and engaging in human trafficking, kidnapping, sexual exploitation and torture. local human rights groups have said the charges are fabricated and part of a crackdown by egypt’s government on civil society.the trial has been delayed multiple times on what human rights groups say are absurd pretexts, like the inability to turn on a computer at a court hearing.former democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton, along with several congressmen and international r






shoukry: 'no legal reason' restricting ahmed shafiq | uae news


there is no legal reason restricting ahmed shafiq, the former egyptian prime minister, from contesting the 2018 presidential elections, according to the country's foreign minister.sameh shoukry made the remarks while participating in a meeting on the mediterranean in italy on friday, just days after shafiq announced his intention to run.shafiq, a former egyptian air force commander who currently lives in the united arab emirates, announced his intention on wednesday to run in the upcoming election.later in the day, he said in a video message that he had been blocked from leaving the uae.egypt's president abdel fattah el-sisi, a close ally of the uae, is widely expected to seek a second term but has yet to announce it."i see no reason why he should not run. i say that as a layman. i know he






shoukry: 'no legal reason' restricting ahmed shafiq | uae news


there is no legal reason restricting ahmed shafiq, the former egyptian prime minister, from contesting the 2018 presidential elections, according to the country's foreign minister.sameh shoukry made the remarks while participating in a meeting on the mediterranean in italy on friday, just days after shafiq announced his intention to run.shafiq, a former egyptian air force commander who currently lives in the united arab emirates, announced his intention on wednesday to run in the upcoming election.later in the day, he said in a video message that he had been blocked from leaving the uae.egypt's president abdel fattah el-sisi, a close ally of the uae, is widely expected to seek a second term but has yet to announce it."i see no reason why he should not run. i say that as a layman. i know he






egypt extends detention of prominent activist


cairo — an egyptian court has ordered the detention of an activist for failing to report to a police station because he had been detained elsewhere.abdel azim fahmy, a senior member of the secular april 6 movement known as zizo abdo, was detained for several hours last wednesday, causing him to miss the court-ordered visit to a different police station. he was detained again on saturday.his lawyer, mokhtar mounir, said the cairo criminal court ordered abdo returned to pre-trial detention tuesday on charges of inciting protests and belonging to an outlawed group, which date back to last may. mounir said he would appeal the order, calling it "inhumane and irrational."april 6 played a leading role in the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat hosni mubarak.






chinese court sentences prominent activist known as the ultra vulgar butcher to


share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressbeijing (ap) — chinese court sentences prominent activist known as the ultra vulgar butcher to eight years’ imprisonment for subversion.the associated press






egypt extends detention of prominent activist


cairo — an egyptian court has ordered the detention of an activist for failing to report to a police station because he had been detained by security agents elsewhere, his lawyer and a friend said wednesday.abdel azim fahmy, a senior member of the secular, now-outlawed april 6 movement, who is also known as zizo abdo, was detained for several hours last wednesday, causing him to miss a court-ordered visit to a police station, one of the conditions of his release from custody.he was detained again on saturday for breaching his provisional release conditions and prosecutors charged him the following day with breaching a court order, his lawyer, mokhtar mounir, told the associated press.on tuesday the court ordered that he remain in custody, mounir said.abdo was charged with incitement and me






egypt's ahmed shafik still considering presidential bid | news


ahmed shafik, former egyptian prime minister, says he is still considering running in next year's presidential elections but that he will need to explore the option further.appearing on egypt's dream tv channel on sunday evening, shafik denied that egyptian authorities had kidnapped him, as was claimed by his family after he vanished upon his arrival in cairo on saturday."today i am here in the country, so i think i am free to deliberate further on the issue, to explore and go down and talk to people in the street ... so there's a chance now to investigate more and see exactly what is needed ... to feel out if this is the logical choice," shafik said.the presidential hopeful landed in the egyptian capital on saturday after he was deported from the united arab emirates (uae), where he found






egypt detains 8 anti-trump protesters after cairo rally


cairo (ap) — a top egyptian rights lawyer says at least eight protesters were detained and accused of “association with a terrorist organization” after joining a small protest in cairo over the trump administration’s decision to recognize jerusalem as israel’s capital.khaled ali says the protesters were arrested on saturday in front of the egyptian press syndicate in downtown cairo after rallying against president donald trump’s move.it wasn’t immediately possible to reach the prosecutors on monday for a comment.ali says those detained, including a female activist, are accused of links to the muslim brotherhood group, egypt’s onetime largest islamist group which was outlawed after the ouster of the islamist president mohammed morsi in 2013.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for






china sentences ‘super vulgar butcher’ activist to eight years in prison


beijing—a prominent activist who called himself the “super vulgar butcher” as he mocked and pressured chinese officials was given an eight-year prison sentence tuesday for subversion, the harshest sentence handed down in a sweeping crackdown on rights campaigners.the tianjin no. 2 intermediate people’s court handed down the sentence after finding activist wu gan guilty of subverting state power. mr. wu will appeal the sentence, his lawyer ge yongxi told the associated press....






trump welcomes aid worker freed after years in egyptian jail


free after having been detained in an egyptian jail for nearly three years, aya hijazi was welcomed to the oval office on friday in what the trump administration cast as a diplomatic triumph."we are very happy to have aya back home and it's a great honor to have her in the oval office," president trump told reporters.hijazi, a dual american egyptian citizen who founded a non-governmental organization to help egyptian street children, was imprisoned in 2014 on what u.s. officials and human rights advocates said were unsubstantiated charges of human trafficking.after multiple delays, hijazi's case finally was heard in an egyptian court sunday and she and co-defendants were acquitted. she returned to the u.s. on thursday on a u.s. government plane, accompanied by deputy national security advi






jury convicts activist who targeted north dakota pipeline


cavalier, n.d. (ap) — a north dakota jury has convicted an environmental activist who targeted an oil pipeline a year ago.the pembina (pem’-buh-nuh) county jury found michael foster of seattle guilty friday of conspiracy to commit criminal mischief, criminal mischief and trespass. foster was acquitted of reckless endangerment.foster’s actions were part of a broader four-state effort last october to draw attention to climate change. foster did not deny using a bolt cutter to get through a chain link fence so he could turn the pipeline’s shut-off valve. he contended his law-breaking was in the public’s interest.samuel jessup of winooski, vermont, who filmed foster’s protest, also stood trial and was convicted of conspiracy.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.sentencing






trump welcomes aid worker freed after years in egyptian jail


free after having been detained in an egyptian jail for nearly three years, aya hijazi was welcomed to the oval office on friday in what the trump administration cast as a diplomatic triumph."we are very happy to have aya back home and it's a great honor to have her in the oval office," president trump told reporters.hijazi, a dual american egyptian citizen who founded a non-governmental organization to help egyptian street children, was imprisoned in 2014 on what u.s. officials and human rights advocates said were unsubstantiated charges of human trafficking.after multiple delays, hijazi's case finally was heard in an egyptian court sunday and she and her co-defendants were acquitted. she returned to the united states on thursday on a u.s. government plane, accompanied by deputy national






berkeley killing renews debate over gender pronouns


berkeley  — pablo gomez jr. was a university of california, berkeley, senior majoring in latino studies and a prominent campus activist when authorities say he stabbed to death a popular elementary-school teacher.soon, the crime that police described as “very brutal and unusual” in a city that reported just two homicides last year was sucked up into the debate over gender identity when it was reported that gomez preferred to be called “they” rather than “he.”this undated department of motor vehicles california photo provided by the berkeley police department shows pablo gomez jr., a university of california, berkeley, senior majoring in latino studies and a prominent campus activist. authorities said gomez stabbed to death a popular elementary school teacher. soon, the crime that police de






rose mcgowan bashes wearing black at globes to protest scandals: 'silence i


outspoken activist about sexual harassment in hollywood says "silent" protest doesn't help victims.        






egypt acquits irish-egyptian after 4 years in prison | egypt news


an egyptian criminal court has acquitted an irish-egyptian man kept in pre-trial detention for four years who says he was regularly tortured during his incarceration.ibrahim halawa - arrested at age 17 as part of a deadly crackdown on protests in cairo and who faced the death penalty - has yet to walk free following monday's verdict, said defence lawyer yasmeen said.he is the son of a senior muslim brotherhood member - a group that swept to power in elections after the 2011 uprising, but is now outlawed by the government of abdel fattah el-sisi. in pictures: bloodbath in egypt us to withhold $290m in aid to egypt over human rights abuseshawala and his three sisters were arrested along with hundreds of others in august 2013, days after security forces violently broke up a sit-in by supporte






can black lives matter be sued? activist’s attorney says no.


baton rouge, la. (ap) — black lives matter is a movement and not an organization that can be sued by a louisiana police officer who was injured at a protest after a deadly police shooting, a prominent activist’s attorney claims.a federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments wednesday on whether to dismiss a baton rouge police officer’s lawsuit against black lives matter and deray mckesson, a baltimore-based activist. mckesson was one of nearly 200 protesters arrested after the july 2016 shooting death of alton sterling, a black man shot and killed by a white officer during a struggle outside a convenience store.mckesson’s attorney, william gibbens, said in a court filing that black lives matter doesn’t have a governing body, dues-paying members, bylaws, “or even a central location.” at bes






candle-powered phone charger / boing boing


the stower candle charger, in addition to being a basic emergency stove, powers usb gadgets with fire: put a fuel canister under it and it'll transmute heatrons into juicetrons as described in the codex ifritanimus. one canister will charge a smartphone twice; actual wax candles will presumably not stretch so far. when power outages hit, staying connected to family, friends, and emergency services is critical. but how to keep charged? - batteries store power - they don't make it - we love solar, but it doesn't work at night or indoors - hand cranks produce minimal power. 10 hours cranking to charge a phone? that's tough. we want a reliable solution, and the candle charger is the first indoor generator designed to charge smartphones and keep them charged.report this adthe gpd pocket is a we