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Sunday 17 December 2017

Retrial for journalists

Egypt will retry two Al-Jazeera English journalists beginning on Thursday.

Many believed Mohammed Fahmy, the satellite channel's Cairo bureau chief who recently gave up his Egyptian citizenship, would be deported like Australian Peter Greste, who faced the same charges of terrorism as Fahmy and his Egyptian colleague Baher Mohammed.

Police arrested the three journalists in December 2013 but at trial no real evidence was presented against them.

Greste and Fahmy received a seven-year prison sentence while Mohamed received a 10-year sentence for being found with a bullet casing.

Teen opens fire in mall

A teenager who police say opened fire at a Pittsburgh-area mall, shooting his intended target as well as two bystanders, was arrested early yesterday.

Gunfire erupted inside the Macy's department store at the Monroeville Mall about 7.30pm on Saturday, sending panicked shoppers running.

The gunman fled but police say they were able to identify him from CCTV.

Schwarzenegger call

Former California governor and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger has called for more to be done to combat climate change, saying it is "the issue of our time".

Speaking to a small group at the Munich security conference, where he introduced a new policy paper The Future Of Energy, Schwarzenegger said his experience in California was that the adoption of green energy creates jobs and leads to energy independence.

Iran nuclear vow

Iran's supreme leader hinted at a compromise in nuclear talks and gave his strongest defence yet of President Hassan Rouhani's decision to negotiate with the West, a policy opposed by powerful hardliners at home.

As his foreign minister met counterparties in the talks at a conference in Munich, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he "firmly" backed a fair nuclear deal.

He said any workable deal would mean both sides easing their demands.

Dying OAP robbed

The family of a dying pensioner whose purse was stolen have urged the culprit to give himself up.

Manchester Police have described the theft from 82-year-old Irene Ditcher as a "disgusting" crime.

The pensioner was hit by a lorry near her home and died at the scene.

Officers were told by witnesses that after the accident a man stole her purse before leaving.

Irish Independent

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