Egyptian court sentences three Al Jazeera journalists to prison

CAIRO - An Egyptian court sentenced three Al Jazeera TV journalists to three years in prison on Saturday for operating without a press license and broadcasting material harmful to Egypt, a case that has stirred an international outcry.

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With rhythm and reverence, New Orleans marks 10 years since Katrina

NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans, a town renowned for staging big celebrations, faces a tricky challenge on Saturday, 10 years to the day from when Hurricane Katrina slammed into southeast Louisiana and triggered flooding that would leave 80 percent of the city under water.

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Protesters begin to gather in Beirut before major rally

BEIRUT - Protesters waving Lebanese flags started gathering in Beirut on Saturday for a major rally against a government they say is incompetent and corrupt, the latest in a wave of unrest.

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Hollande, Merkel, Putin back ceasefire plan for eastern Ukraine: France

PARIS - France, Germany and Russia back plans for a complete ceasefire in eastern Ukraine from Sept. 1, the French presidency said after their respective leaders spoke by telephone on Saturday.

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Malaysia's Mahathir joins protesters calling for PM to go

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's former leader Mahathir Mohamad made a surprise appearance on Saturday among tens of thousands protesting to demand the resignation of the prime minister over a multi-million-dollar payment into an account under his name. | Video

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Obama heads north to Alaska, where drilling decision looms large

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean under what he said were rigorous standards, fending off criticism by environmental groups. | Video

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