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Egypt’s ex-PM Morsi sentenced to three years for insulting the judiciary

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Morsi has spent several years behind bars (file pic) Egypt’s former president has been sentenced to three years in prison for insulting the judiciary. Mohammed Morsi already holds other jail terms including a life sentence. He is awaiting a retrial on a separate charge of conspiring to commit terrorist acts, for which he was previously sentenced to death. The death sentence was lifted on appeal. Mr Morsi was overthrown by the military in 2013 and has been detained since. He is currently in a high-security prison. He has also been fined a million Egyptian pounds (£42,000; $56,000) relating to a speech given in 2013. Also sentenced on Saturday were 17 co-defendants, including fines for political blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah and broadcaster Tawfiq Okash...

What special counsel has offered publicly signals long year ahead in Russia probe

As 2017 — the year of the Donald Trump presidency, further Russian interference in American politics, and the special counsel investigation into it all — comes to a close, there is continued speculation about where Robert Mueller‘s sprawling probe now stands. In an interview with The New York Times published Thursday, Trump insisted it has already “been proven that there [was] no collusion” between his associates and Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential campaign. However, the status of Mueller’s probe has remained elusive as so much of what his investigators are up to is done in secrecy and behind closed doors. One thing is clear: Their work is far from finished, and it’s going to stretch well into the new year. And the little that has happened in p...

‘The Wire’ Star Wendell Pierce’s Assault Case Finally Closed

‘The Wire’ Star Wendell Pierce Assault Case Closed 12/30/2017 12:20 AM PST EXCLUSIVE Wendell Pierce is happily closing out 2017 by officially — and finally — kissing a bizarre 2016 episode goodbye. The Fulton County State Court tells TMZ … the assault case against “The Wire” star is now closed after Wendell successfully completed a diversion program that included community service and counseling classes. TMZ broke the story … the ‘Wire’ star was arrested in May 2016 for allegedly assaulting a Bernie Sanders supporter after a heated argument turned physical at an Atlanta hotel. Wendell was ultimately arrested for simple battery … but it’s now a thing of the past.

Joey Bada$$ Commissions Custom Jewelry to Honor Late Friend

Joey Bada$$ Forever Chained to his Late Friend 12/30/2017 12:30 AM PST EXCLUSIVE Joey Bada$$ found a way to memorialize his late best friend and still look like a baller. The rapper commissioned a custom piece to honor his boy, Capital STEEZ, who at 19 committed suicide on Christmas Eve 5 years ago. We’re told JB hit up celebrity jeweler Mr. Flawless a few months back to make the piece that features 14k gold and VVS diamonds. Final price … around $50k. The tedious process included sculpting Capital’s face in gold … a 2-month job. The back features the hip-hop Pro Era group logo “47” … of which Bada$$ is a member and Capital founded. And because you’re probably thinking it … the “47” logo does indeed look like the Nazi flag, ...

Rachel Uchitel Slays the Butt Selfie

Rachel Uchitel Slays the Butt Selfie 12/30/2017 12:35 AM PST You didn’t forget about Rachel Uchitel did you? We didn’t.  The smokeshow who was famously connected with Tiger Woods during the whole cheating scandal hit up Palm Beach for some Winter sun … and put her butt selfie skills on display.  By the way, Uchitel is about to turn 43 … and she’s straight FIRE!!!! Rachel is out of the Vegas nightlife biz these days — she’s now running a childrens clothing boutique in NYC … but she’s damn … is it too late to become a bikini model????

Holiday gifts from teammates to NFL offensive linemen: Boots, watches, more

8:07 AM ET ESPN.com staff Picture an NFL offensive lineman standing in front of a Big Green Egg grill in customized cowboy boots, wearing a onesie and a limited Hublot watch while drinking a glass of Johnnie Walker Blue and listening to his favorite music on Bose headphones. Now you have some idea of the types of gifts extended to the grunts up front by appreciative teammates during this holiday season. Here’s a quick look at how NFL players show their gratitude: Joe Flacco always has taken care of his linemen. In the past, he has given them a variety of gifts, including expensive watches and gift cards. Last year, he gave his linemen a virtual-reality system. This season, he rewarded a unit that overcame numerous injuries yet still provided quality protection by appealing to their h...

Barkley sticks up for Shaq after Isaiah Thomas’ kids called him fat

© Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Shaquille O’Neal attends Carpool Karaoke: The Series launch event at the Chateau Marmont Hotel on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. ORG XMIT: CAPS110 Only Charles Barkley gets to call his NBA on TNT co-host fat. The show’s cast responded to Isaiah Thomas’ kids (adorably) learning about Kobe Bryant’s retirement from their dad, news which produced a bit of confusion for one of the Cavs’ guards young children because Bryant isn’t “fat” like … Shaquille O’Neal. LOL @SHAQpic.twitter.com/1yrEG23Plf – Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) December 20, 2017 Despite the fact that Thomas’ kids are maybe the cutest people ever and they are, well, kids, Barkley (jokingly we’re sure) threatened to punch t...

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North Korea: We’re not backing down on nuclear development

© From Rodong Sinmun Images of the North Korea missile launch on November 28 taken from Rodong Sinmun, North Korea’s official newspaper. North Korea will remain committed to the country’s nuclear development in 2018, according to a report released Saturday by state-run news agency KCNA. “Do not expect any change in its policy,” the report read. “Its entity as an invincible power can neither be undermined nor be stamped out. The DPRK, as a responsible nuclear weapons state, will lead the trend of history to the only road of independence and justice, weathering all tempests on this planet,” the report continued, referring to North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The report, titled “No Force Can Prevail ov...

Nepal bans solo climbers from Mount Everest under new rules

Image copyright AFP Image caption A view from the summit of Everest, where more than 200 people have died since 1920 Nepal has banned solo climbers from scaling its mountains, including Mount Everest, in an attempt to reduce accidents. The new safety regulations also prohibit double amputee and blind climbers from attempting to reach the summit of the world’s highest peak. A tourism official said the law had been revised to make mountaineering safer and to decrease deaths. A record number of climbers have tried to climb Everest this year. But among the record-breaking attempts, there has been the familiar tally of casualties. The death toll so far this season stands at six, including 85-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan, who died attempting to reclaim his title as the world’s oldes...

How the news media distorts black families

(Erin K. Robinson for The Washington Post) During his campaign for the U.S. Senate, former Alabama judge Roy Moore answered a question about what it means to “make America great again.” According to Moore, America was great “at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery. They cared for one another. People were strong in the families.” The claim that black families are in disarray and were better off under slavery is not new. During the GOP presidential primary race in 2011, candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum both signed a pledge against same-sex marriage that stated children born during slavery were more likely to be raised by a mother and father in a two-parent home than children are today. On the campaign trail in 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump describe...