Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Digest

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Ex-Egyptian leader gets 20-year term

Egypt's ousted Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, was convicted of using force against protesters and sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday, the first verdict against him since he was removed by the military nearly two years ago.

The case was the latest in a series of mass trials on a range of charges against Morsi and other members of his Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt's government has vowed to crush, branding it a terrorist organization. Amnesty International denounced Morsi's trial as a "sham" as rights groups have called many of the trials over the past two years.

Saudis revise mission in Yemen * Saudi Arabia declared an end on Tuesday to its nearly monthlong "Decisive Storm" air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen, and announced the start of a more limited military campaign aimed at preventing the rebels from operating.

Speaking at a news conference in Riyadh, a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri, said the campaign of heavy airstrikes would be scaled down, but did not confirm whether they would stop altogether. "There might be less frequency and the scope of the actions might be less, but there will be military action," Asiri said.

U.S. lets in Thai fish caught by slaves * Fourteen years after the U.S. first criticized Thailand for labor abuse in its annual trafficking report, seafood caught by slaves on Thai boats is still slipping into the supply chains of major American stores and supermarkets. The U.S. has not enforced its own law banning the import of goods made with forced labor since 2000 because of significant loopholes, The Associated Press has found. It has also spared Thailand from sanctions slapped on other countries with similar records because of a complex political relationship that includes cooperation against terrorism. …

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