1. Qaradawi among eight defendants handed death sentences
An Egyptian military court on Sunday issued preliminary death sentences against eight defendants on a charge of murdering a senior police officer in Cairo in 2015, the court said in a statement.
The court referred the eight defendants to the Grand Mufti, the country’s top religious authority, for his opinion on the sentences. The Mufti is usually consulted before death sentences become final. His opinion is, however, not binding.
Defendants in the case include prominent Islamic scholar Yusef Al-Qaradawi, who heads the International Union for Muslim Scholars, as well as senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The case includes 52 defendants, eight of whom were handed down preliminary death sentences.
2. Tehran demonstration, January 1
Chants: “Down with dictator. Down with the Mullah regime of Iran.”
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4. Gunman kills two Christians at alcohol store south of Cairo: security sources
CAIRO (Reuters) - A masked gunman shot dead two Christian brothers at their alcohol shop south of Cairo on Monday, security sources said.
The incident took place just days after attacks on a Coptic church and another Christian-owned shop also south of the Egyptian capital that killed more than 10 people, as security forces brace for attacks against the Arab world’s largest Christian minority ahead of Orthodox Christmas celebrations.
The gunman used a rifle in the attack, shooting at the shop from outside after pulling up on a motorcycle, two security sources said. The attacker fled the scene afterwards.
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6. Trump, Haley: America Stands with Iranian People After 12 Killed in Protests
President Donald Trump expressed support for “the great Iranian people” on Monday morning as reports confirmed that 12 people have been killed in the Iranian uprising so far.
Trump’s public affirmation followed that of U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley who declared Sunday that the United States stands behind the Iranian people and that she prayed “freedom and human rights will carry the day.”
“In the New Year, our hopes and prayers are with the millions of people who are suffering terribly from oppressive governments in North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, and especially in Iran, where the long-repressed Iranian people are now finding their voice,' Haley said in her statement.
7. People police kiosk on fire in the Iranian city of Kermanshah
#IranProtests: People set ablaze the Police kiosk in the city of #Kermanshah - Western #Iran, January 1, 2017 https://t.co/6XEUwQdhr3 #RegimeChange #IranianProtests #FreeIran #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/p0jJK1b1gE— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) January 1, 2018
8. Defiant Iran protesters steal Revolutionary Guard's trousers even as death toll mounts
The Basij militiaman, a paramilitary storm trooper of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, was reportedly swinging an electric shock baton when the crowd of angry protesters closed in around him.
“They got a Basij, hold him!” one man shouted as the demonstrators pulled away the militiaman’s baton and knocked him to the ground in the largely Kurdish city of Kermanshah.
But rather than beat the man to death, the crowd struck a different kind of blow against Iran’s authoritarian regime: they stripped him of his trousers and sent him stumbling and humiliated into the cold night.
“The protesters wanted to show that they are peaceful but that they are not weak and they are not afraid,” said Raman Ghavami, an Iranian analyst who has been tracking the protest.
9. Iran: Protestors drag bodies after being shot by Iranian authorities
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