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An Egyptian court has sentenced for-
mer president Hosni Mubarak and his two
sons to three years in prison each on cor-
ruption charges, in a retrial that could
brand Mubarak as a convicted criminal
four years after being driven from office.
Mubarak, an autocrat who ruled Egypt
for 30 years, and sons Gamal and Alaa
have already spent at least three years in
prison on other charges. It was not clear
yesterday whether the 87-year-old for-
mer president, ousted in a 2011 uprising,
would spend further time in jail.
The case was a retrial accusing the
Mubaraks of embezzling millions of dol-
lars earmarked for the renovation of pres-
idential palaces. Prosecutors said the
money was instead used to upgrade
Mubarak's private properties.
A court earlier dropped murder charges
against Mubarak linked to an alleged 2011
conspiracy to kill protesters in Cairo's
Tahir Square, at the height of Arab Spring
protests that rocked North Africa and
parts of the Middle East.
Prosecutors have appealed that acquit-
tal, and an appeals court is expected to
rule within weeks. (Voice of America)
Egypt's Mubarak, sons, draw prison sentences in retrial
MOSCOW---Russia marked 70 years since
the victory over Nazi Germany yesterday
with a spectacular parade in Moscow, fea-
turing some 16,000 soldiers, 200 armored
vehicles and 150 planes and helicopters.
This is expected to be the last major anniver-
sary of the conflict when significant numbers
of World War II veterans are still alive to take
part. Presidents including China s Xi Jinping,
India s Pranab Mukherjee and Venezuela s
Nicolas Maduro joined their Russian counter-
part, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow s Red Square
for the parade.
Many Western leaders have chosen to miss
the event, however, in protest of Russia s alleged
military involvement in the ongoing conflict
Moscow is accused by Kiev and the West
of backing and equipping pro-Russian sepa-
ratists in eastern Ukraine. It also annexed
Ukraine s Crimea region a little over a year
Also absent was North Korean leader Kim
Jong Un, who had been expected to attend
until Moscow announced ten days ago that
"domestic affairs" would instead keep him at
home. North Korean state media reported yes-
terday that the country had carried out a suc-
cessful underwater test of a ballistic missile.
Putin pays tribute to veterans
Victory Day, marking the day that Germany
surrendered to the Soviets in 1945, is a major
holiday in Russia.
In a speech in Red Square, Putin paid tribute
to those who died in the conflict and in Nazi
concentration camps before holding a moment
of silence. He said the veterans present were
the "main heroes" of the commemorations.
"Today your children or grandchildren are
grateful to you for this victory, working for the
future of the country," he said.
As the parade got under way, ranks of soldiers
carrying standards and flags marched through
the cobbled square, accompanied by impeccably
choreographed military bands.
Making its debut in the parade of military
vehicles was Russia s new main battle tank,
the Armata T-14.
Keen observers of military hardware got a
sneak preview recently as the tank was rolled
out in practice sessions for yesterday s event.
Europe, US mark Victory Day
Ukraine was also holding Victory Day com-
memorations yesterday, led by President Petro
Poroshenko, in Kiev.
Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, eastern
Ukraine, and Sevastopol in Crimea, were plan-
ning to stage their own military parades.
Other European nations and the United
States marked the 70th anniversary of the
Allied victory in Europe on Friday.
In Washington, DC, more than two dozen
World War II-era fighters and bomber planes
took part in a flyover of some of the nation s
most famous monuments, watched by hun-
dreds of World War II veterans.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John
Kerry laid a wreath at the tomb of the
Unknown Warrior at the Arc d Triomphe in
Paris, alongside French President Francois
"Today, as we reflect on the past, we accept
our responsibility to maintain that commit-
ment to justice, to uphold the rule of law,
and to work as Allies and friends to defend
the rights and dignity of every human being,"
Kerry said in a statement.
In London, Prime Minister David Cameron
and other political leaders laid wreaths at the
Cenotaph, hours after general election results
came through giving Cameron s Conservative
Party an unexpected majority. (AP)
in Iraq prison break
Forty inmates in a prison in northeastern
Iraq, including some convicted of terrorism
charges, escaped amid a riot that killed at
least six police officers and 30 prisoners,
authorities said yesterday.
There were conflicting casualty reports
on the attack at the Khalis prison in Diyala
province. Two provincial police officials and
a medical official put the toll much higher,
saying 51 inmates and 12 policemen were
killed, while more than 200 inmates es-
caped. They spoke on condition of
anonymity as they were not authorised to
release the information.
Brig Gen Saad Maan Ibrahim, the Interior
Ministry spokesman, put the death toll at
36, including six police officers and 30 pris-
oners, and said 40 inmates escaped.
Ibrahim said that a fight broke out among
the inmates of the prison and when guards
went to investigate, they were overpow-
ered and had their weapons taken. Some of
those who escaped were wanted on terror-
ism charges, Ibrahim added. He said secu-
rity forces had cordoned off the area and
were hunting for the escaped inmates. (AP)
3 police killed in clashes
with armed group
Three police officers were killed and at
least 20 others were injured in clashes early
yesterday between security forces and an
armed group in the town Kumanovo in
northern Macedonia, local media reported.
The TV station Telma said three officers
were killed in an exchange of gunfire. The
station said it had confirmed the deaths
with family members of the deceased.
Interior Ministry spokesman Ivo Kotevski
earlier said police had clashed a "well-
trained terrorist group" which had entered
Macedonia from an unspecified neighbour-
ing country with a plan to "perform attacks
on state institutions."
He refused to give details about possible
casualties, saying the operation was still
However, the US Embassy in Skopje is-
sued a statement saying it "deeply
regret(s) the loss of life."
"We are following the situation and are in
close contact with the authorities and polit-
ical leaders. We urge citizens to remain
calm and allow the facts to be established,"
the embassy said in a statement.
The incident came a day after thousands
of opposition supporters joined nationwide
protests against alleged police brutality in
The protests started after opposition
leader Zoran Zaev --- citing illegally recorded
conversations --- accused the government
of trying to cover up the 2011 police killing
of a 22-year-old man. (AP)
...Europe marks 70 years since Nazi defeat
Russia stages massive
WW2 victory parade
From left, Venezuela's President's Nicolas Maduro and his wife, Cilia Flores, Kazakhstan's
President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, China's President Xi Jinping,
Mongolia's President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan, United Nations
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other officials take part in a wreath laying ceremony on the
Victory Day by the Kremlin walls in central Moscow, Russia, yesterday. AP PHOTOS
Holding a World War II-era photograph of
herself, Elizabeth Copp, 96, of Falls Church,
Virginia, who was a sergeant in the Women's
Army Corps during the war, watches as
vintage aircraft fly over the World War II
Memorial in Washington, in remembrance of
the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.
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