Mubarak gets three-year prison term

A Cairo court sentenced Egypt's deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to three years in prison on corruption charges — a punishment that authorities may deem as having already been served but one which, if it withstands appeal, would officially establish Mubarak as a convicted criminal years after the 2011 popular uprising that toppled him. The case was a retrial charging that Mubarak and sons embezzled millions of dollars' worth of state funds over the course of a decade, diverting money meant to pay for renovating and maintaining presidential palaces to instead upgrade their private residences. Mubarak had originally been sentenced to three years over the matter, and his sons to four, but they appealed.


Papuan political prisoners pardoned

The leader of Indonesia pardoned five political prisoners in Papua province as part of an effort to address human rights abuses in the country's restive eastern region. Since taking office in October, President Joko Widodo has vowed to improve economic conditions and address decades of abuses by the Indonesian military. The five men were serving prison sentences ranging from 19 years to life for a raid on a military weapons arsenal in 2003 that killed two soldiers.


Castro's daughter advances gay rights

The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro sponsored a blessing ceremony for gay couples on an island where gay marriage remains illegal. Nearly two dozen gay couples held hands or embraced as Protestant clergy from the U.S. and Canada blessed them as part of official ceremonies leading up to the Global Day against Homophobia on May 17. Castro's daughter Mariela heads Cuba's Center for Sex Education, which has been pushing for gay rights.


Police killed by armed attackers

An armed group attacked police with automatic guns, snipers and bombs amid a political crisis that has raised concern about the stability in the Balkan nation. Three police officers were killed and at least 20 others were injured in an exchange of gunfire in Kumanovo. Interior Ministry spokesman Ivo Kotevski earlier said police had clashed with a "well-trained terrorist group" which had entered Macedonia from an unspecified neighboring country.


Earthquake shakes the Big Island

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said a magnitude-4.5 earthquake jolted the Big Island. The quake struck at 2:18 a.m. Saturday. It was centered about 5 miles north of the small town of Naalehu at a depth of 6 miles. There were no reports of damage or injury.


First lady extols Tuskegee airmen

Michelle Obama invoked the storied history of Tuskegee University as she urged graduates to soar to their futures, saying the past provides a blueprint for a country still struggling with the "age-old problems" of discrimination and race. She gave the commencement address at the historically black university, describing how the Tuskegee airmen, the famed first African-American pilots of World War II, endured humiliating slights as they shattered stereotypes about the capabilities of black men and how the university's students in the 1800s made bricks by hand to construct campus buildings.

News services