Egypt Relaxes Penalties for Insulting the President

GETTY_42213_Adly Mansour.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1375777807468KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images (CAIRO) -- Egyptians no longer have to be afraid they'll go to jail for insulting their president. However, a few bad words about their leader could hit them deep in the pocketbook. Interim president Adly Mansour, who took over for Mohamed Morsi last month, formally ended a decree under the old regime that meant jail time for people who insulted the president.

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Monsoons Proving Deadly for Afghans and Pakistanis

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_cde812886b.jpgASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Dozens of Afghans have been killed by flooding caused by monsoons in recent days with more rain expected in the coming week. While not nearly as catastrophic as the monsoon floods that devastated Pakistan three years ago, this season's heavy rain has spread into eastern Afghanistan with reports of at least 80 deaths.

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Numerous US Diplomatic Posts to Remain Closed for the Week

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_3dfb6f8ba0.jpgMAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department announced on Sunday that U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 cities, primarily in the Muslim world, would remain closed through Saturday due to what it called credible security threats. A senior U.S. official tells ABC News intercepted messages from al Qaeda terror cells in Yemen indicate known terrorists are planning a major attack aimed at U.S. or Western interests.

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Trial Ordered for Muslim Brotherhood Officials

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_7f9dd71a9d.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(CAIRO) -- A court in Cairo ruled on Sunday that three leaders of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood will stand trial on charges of inciting followers to attack rioters in front of the group’s headquarters during the turmoil that led to President Mohamed Morsi’s July 3 ouster, The New York Times reports. The group’s spiritual leader, his deputy and another key figure will go on trial Aug. 25.

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Lady Gaga, Madonna Facing Punishment in Russia

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_3585d0e2bd.jpgGareth Cattermole/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Pop stars Lady Gaga and Madonna are facing punishment in Russia after authorities determined they violated their visas when they held concerts there last year. Technically, the artists were not allowed to work in Russia on their tourist visas, but experts say it appears the visa warning is a veiled attempt punish the pop stars for their vocal support of gay rights in Russia.

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