U.S. citizen gets life prison sentence

An Egyptian court sentenced an American citizen, Mohammed Soltan, 27, to life imprisonment for supporting an Islamist protest against the military ouster of President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in the summer of 2013. The presiding judge, Mohammed Nagi Shehata, sentenced more than 35 other defendants in the case to the same penalty and also confirmed death sentences in the same case for about a dozen defendants. Members of the Soltan family have said they will appeal the decision.


Workers killed in separatist attack

At least 20 workers were killed by gunmen in what officials said appeared to have been an attack by Baluch separatists. The killings took place in a remote area in the Turbat district of Baluchistan province, where a separatist movement has operated for decades. Baluchistan is the country's largest province by area and is rich with mineral resources and natural gas deposits.


Islamist convicted of war crimes executed

Authorities in Bangladesh executed a senior Islamist party official convicted of crimes against humanity during the country's 1971 independence war against Pakistan, triggering a call for a nationwide general strike by the condemned man's supporters. Mohammad Qamaruzzaman was put to death by hanging. Prosecutors said Qamaruzzaman headed a militia group that collaborated with the Pakistani army in 1971 and was behind the killings of at least 120 unarmed farmers.

Washington, D.C.

Prison terms sought in Baghdad killings

Federal prosecutors called on a federal judge to impose lengthy prison terms at sentencing Monday for four Blackwater Worldwide guards convicted in the 2007 shooting that killed 14 unarmed Iraqis and injured others in a Baghdad traffic circle. Paul Slough of Keller, Texas; Evan Liberty of Rochester, N.H.; and Dustin Heard of Knoxville, Tenn., were found guilty by a federal jury in October of multiple counts of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter.

Suicide prompts lockdown at Capitol

A precautionary lockdown of the U.S. Capitol was lifted after about two hours following a suicide by a man carrying a protest sign. The man died after shooting himself on the west front of the Capitol, Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said. No one else was hurt. No one was allowed to leave or enter the Capitol or the visitors' center during the lockdown, and some streets around the area were closed. Police said the man had a suitcase and a backpack and held a sign that mentioned "social justice."


Medical marijuana law considered

Even as a key court decision looms, the state Senate is pursuing an alternative plan to get medical marijuana to patients. A law approved by the Legislature last year legalized an oil form of non-euphoric marijuana to treat children with epilepsy and a few other conditions. But the state's attempts to create a system to grow, process and distribute the drug has bogged down in court. A Senate committee last week sent a bill to the Senate floor that would replace much of last year's law and eliminate the need for state regulations. It could be voted on Tuesday.


Vaccination bill debate heats up

A bill that would sharply limit vaccination waivers after a measles outbreak at Disneyland has generated such an acidic debate that the proposal's author was under added security last week. Authorities wouldn't specify the extra protections around state Sen. Richard Pan. Opponents have flooded the Capitol to stand up for parental rights.

News services