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An Egyptian court Tuesday sentenced ex-president Mohamed Morsi to 20 years over abuses of protesters but acquitted him of charges that would have seen the Islamist leader face the death penalty. In the first verdict in a series of trials he is facing, the Cairo court convicted Morsi of ordering the arrest and torture of protesters involved in clashes in 2012 when he was president. Egypt's first freely elected leader, Morsi came to power following the 2011 ouster of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood has been blacklisted and targeted in a government crackdown that has seen hundreds killed and thousands thrown in jail.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will deploy the army to the township of Alexandra in the country's biggest commercial city of Johannesburg, the Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Tuesday. Mapisa-Nqakula said a Zimbabwean couple was shot at in the township on Monday night. A Mozambican national was also killed in the area on Saturday in latest wave of anti-immigrant violence that has so far claimed seven lives.
By Christopher Johnson LONDON (Reuters) - Brent crude oil steadied around $63 a barrel on Tuesday, not far below the 2015 high, supported by worries that a civil war in Yemen could destabilize the Middle East, affecting oil supplies. Oil has climbed around 15 percent this month due to concern over the conflict in Yemen, Saudi Arabia's southern neighbor. The seaways around Yemen are some of the most important for the international oil trade with access points to the Red Sea and Suez Canal as well as the Middle East Gulf. Brent crude for June was down 30 cents at $63.15 a barrel by 1105 GMT.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a U.S. bishop who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected priestly child abuser in the first known case of a pope sanctioning bishops for covering up for pedophiles.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities from municipalities across Greece will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday after the government ordered reserves from state enterprises to be placed in a common account to help the country meet its financial obligations and avoid default.