Egypt Sentences 683 to Death, Including Muslim Brotherhood Leader

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_7eb204fb85.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (BEIRUT) -- An Egyptian court sentenced 683 people to death on Monday. They are alleged supporters of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood as well as one of its most senior leaders, the spiritual guide. These verdicts can be appealed and must be approved by Egypt's religious authority, the grand mufti. Last month, the same judge sentenced 529 Islamists to death. Of those, 37 were upheld on Monday while the rest were reduced to 25-year sentences.

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President Obama: US Troops to Philippines, But No US Bases

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_0ea41d1db7.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza (MANILA, Phillipines) -- President Obama said a new defense agreement with the Philippines will return American troops back to the island country, but only on a temporary and rotational basis. Seeking to counter concerns about the expanded U.S. military footprint, part of a 10-year deal, Obama said bluntly, “the US is not trying to reclaim old bases or build new bases.”

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Obama Imposes New Sanctions on Russia, But Not Putin Directly

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_96d3f1c671.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza (MANILA, Phillipines) -- President Obama said his administration will Monday impose a new round of sanctions on Russia, targeting an “expanded list of individuals and companies,” with particular focus on some high-tech defense exports. The president, speaking during a joint press conference with President Benigno Aquino, said the sanctions will “remain targeted,”  applied in coordination with European allies, though will not hit Russian President Vladimir Putin directly.

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Israel Doubts Sincerity of Abbas' Denunciation of the Holocaust

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_05cbce6471.jpgUriel Sinai/Getty images (JERUSALEM) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' condemnation of the Holocaust was met with skepticism by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday. Abbas released his declaration on the website of the official Palestinian news agency WAFA ahead of Israeli memorial day, which began at sundown. The Holocaust, Abbas said, represents the "concept of ethnic discrimination and racism which the Palestinians strongly reject and act against," adding that it was "the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era."

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Two Popes Officially Declared Saints by Current Pope

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_7555ff9066.jpgFranco Origlia/Getty Images (VATICAN CITY) -- The double canonization of two popes Sunday, the first time that has happened, delighted Roman Catholics the world over. Pope Francis proclaimed John the 23rd and John Paul the Second as saints at a ceremony in St. Peter's Square attended by an estimated one million people as well as Pope Benedict the 16th, who retired in 2013.

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