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An Egyptian court on Sunday took a step towards imposing the death penalty on 11 men for involvement in deadly soccer stadium violence in 2012, in a court session shown on television. The judge referred the sentencing to Egypt's Grand Mufti, the country's most senior religious authority, a step towards the death penalty, which could be imposed at a later court hearing on May 30. Soccer matches are often a flashpoint for violence in the country but the Port Said incident was Egypt's worst ever soccer disaster, killing more than 70 fans and injuring at least 1,000. The Grand Mufti's decision is not binding but referral is needed in order to impose a death sentence.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Shanghai GM, a joint venture between General Motors and Chinese automaker SAIC Motor Corp , plans to spend 100 billion yuan ($16.14 billion) over the next five years to develop new vehicles, Shanghai GM President Wang Yongqing said on Sunday. The business aims to launch 10 "new-energy models" as it seeks to establish a 10 percent share of the Chinese market, Wang told reporters ahead of the Shanghai autoshow, which begins on Monday. (Reporting by Jake Spring; Editing by Lee Chyen Yee and David Goodman)
Poland has summoned the United States' ambassador in Warsaw over an article written by a top U.S. intelligence official on Poland's alleged responsibility for the Holocaust during World War Two, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Sunday. The article by FBI director James Comey, published in the Washington Post earlier this week, prompted an outcry in Poland and drew condemnation in the media and from politicians. A foreign ministry spokesman said on his Twitter account that the U.S. ambassador would be summoned to the ministry over the article, and that Poland would demand an apology. Comey said in the article: "In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn’t do something evil.