BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops captured a western town near the country's main north-south highway on Monday as the government forged ahead with a punishing offensive in a mountainous region near the border with Lebanon, state media said.
An Egyptian court sentenced three supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to life imprisonment, judicial sources said on Monday, in the latest tough ruling against opponents of the army-backed interim government. The court in Qalyubia province near Cairo sent the three men to jail for 25 years for attacking security forces, terrorising citizens, possessing firearms and damaging public and private property during a pro-Mursi protest. The sentence coincided with the first court appearance of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie for inciting violence since he was arrested in a state crackdown on the group. It came days after a court decided to release fourteen Islamist women jailed for 11 years after they demonstrated in support of Mursi, slashing their sentences in a case that had outraged opposition groups and human rights campaigners.