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Court issues death sentences for over 180

Egypt

Court issues death sentences for over 180

The Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader and over 180 others were sentenced to death Saturday by an Egyptian court in the latest mass trial following last year's overthrow of the country's Islamist president. The ruling by the southern Minya Criminal Court is the largest confirmed mass death sentence to be handed down in Egypt in recent memory and comes from Judge Said Youssef, who earlier presided over the mass trial. It is the second death sentence for the Brotherhood's supreme guide, Mohammed Badie, since the crackdown against his group began. The court acquitted more than 400 others. The case stems from an attack on a police station near the southern city of Minya on Aug. 14 that killed one police officer and one civilian. Similar revenge attacks swept across Egypt after a security force crackdown on Cairo sit-ins supporting toppled President Mohammed Morsi that killed hundreds. The charges in the case included murder, joining a terrorist organization, sabotage, possession of weapons and terrorizing civilians.

Washington state

Search suspended for outdoors writer

Rescuers at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state on Saturday suspended their search for a well-known, 70-year-old outdoors writer who hadn't been seen since she separated from her hiking partner Wednesday. The National Park Service didn't give an explanation and said it would release more information as it could. Karen Sykes was reportedly working on a story when she and her partner encountered snow about 5,000 feet. Her partner stayed as she went on, with the idea that they'd reconvene, but she never turned up.

South Korea

Sergeant kills 5 fellow soldiers

A South Korean army sergeant killed five of his fellow soldiers and wounded five others Saturday when he opened fire along the border with North Korea, military officials said. A hunt for the soldier was under way. It was not known what drove him to kill his colleagues. In 2011, a marine corporal who investigators say was bullied by other marines in his barracks killed four marines and wounded a fifth.

Washington

Guest preacher is transgender priest

An openly transgender Episcopal priest is set to preach at Washington National Cathedral today. The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, will be a guest preacher. He'll be the first openly transgender priest to preach from Canterbury Pulpit at the cathedral, part of its celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month.

Elsewhere

Washington: The House Ethics Committee on Friday ordered Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, to use personal money to pay a fine of about $60,000 for using campaign money for personal purposes and for accepting "impermissible gifts."

Italy: Pope Francis strongly denounced organized crime syndicates in Italy during a Saturday Mass, saying members of the Calabrian mobsters were "excommunicated from the church."

Pakistan: The Pakistani army on Saturday said at least 30 militants were killed after fighter jets bombed their hideouts in two tribal districts in the northwest. According to the military, more than 250 militants have been killed in the nearly weeklong operation.

Times wires

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