the Context

Human rights in Egypt

A court in Egypt sentences 75 people to death for participating in a pro-Morsi sit-in protest in a Cairo suburb in 2013. The breakup of that protest at Rabaa Square by Egyptian authorities resulted in over 600 deaths. Of the 739 defendants, Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 46 others are sentenced to life in prison, 374 receive 15-year jail terms, 22 are sentenced to 10 years and 215 people, including Mahmoud Abu Zeid (Shawkan), to five years in jail.

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 75 people to death, including top leaders of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, for their involvement in a 2013 protest that was broken up by security forces in an operation that killed at least 600 people.

Human rights in Iran

Iran's judiciary executes three Iranian Kurdish prisoners, including Ramin Panahi, for terrorism offences. Two United Nations special rapporteurs condemn the executions and Amnesty International alleges their trials were unfair, due to the denial of legal counsel and confessions obtained through torture.

Iran executed three Iranian Kurdish men accused of belonging to a militant group and taking part in attacks against civilians and security forces in the Kurdish region of western Iran, the judiciary's news service reported on Saturday.

2018 Middle East respiratory syndrome outbreak

A South Korean man is diagnosed with the potentially deadly MERS virus and is being treated at a hospital in Seoul, the first such case in three years.

A South Korean man, 61, was diagnosed with the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and is being treated at a hospital in Seoul, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Saturday.

Prime Minister of Abkhazia

The Prime Minister of Abkhazia Gennadi Gagulia dies in a car accident in Abkhazia after returning from a trip to Syria.

The prime minister of the Russia-backed breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia has died in an automobile accident, the separatist government says.


A bus plunges into a ravine in Sukabumi, West Java, Indonesia, resulting in 21 deaths.

Twenty-one people were killed Saturday when a tourist bus plunged into a ravine on Indonesia's main Java island, officials said. The bus was carrying a group of employees from a private company from the West Java province town of Bogor to a tourist destination in West Java's Sukabumi...


At least 15 people are killed and 25 others wounded when a passenger bus collides with a truck in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Officials said the crash happened at about 6am when a passenger bus and truck collided in Zhari district.


15 people died and 13 were injured when a truck carrying potatoes crashed into five vehicles in Mbeya, Tanzania.

Truck carrying potatoes crashes into five vehicles.


A pneumonia outbreak in Brescia and Mantova, Italy, infects at least 150 people. The deaths of two other people are suspected connected to the disease. The cause is a suspected bacterium in the water.

2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake

The death toll from the earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan, rises to 39. More people remain missing.

The death toll from the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that rocked southern Hokkaido last week rose to 39, authorities said Sunday, as work to restore air and ro


The WTC–Cortlandt subway station in lower Manhattan opens for the first time since being destroyed in the September 11 attacks in 2001.

Nearly 17 years after the Cortlandt Street subway stop was destroyed on Sept. 11, a new station opened in Lower Manhattan.


Taliban insurgents attacked a checkpoint in the western province of Afghanistan of Herat killing 9 and injuring 6 the militants suffered 10 losses as well.

Provincial governor's spokesman says attack late Saturday ignited a gunbattle in which about 10 insurgents were killed and five wounded