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3 Al-Jazeera journalists sent to prison


3 Al-Jazeera journalists sent to prison

A Cairo court sentenced three journalists from Qatar's Al-Jazeera satellite news channel to at least seven years in prison Monday on charges of collaborating with "terrorists," a move that drew condemnation from Secretary of State John Kerry, who called the verdicts "chilling and draconian." Judge Mohamed Nagy delivered the verdict against the journalists and five students also charged in the case in a brief session at Cairo's Tora prison complex Monday morning, following a monthslong trial. Observers said prosecutors presented no evidence implicating the defendants in any terrorist-related activity. Police arrested Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, all employees of Al-Jazeera, on Dec. 29 on charges of aiding terrorists and threatening the country's national security, prosecutors said.


Medal of Honor for Army sergeant

President Barack Obama will award Sgt. Ryan Pitts, 28, the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony on July 21, the White House announced Monday, for his actions during a deadly battle in Afghanistan six years ago. He will become the ninth living recipient to be so honored for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.


Washington: At the White House Summit on Working Families, President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothers of newborns.

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    Human Interest


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