September 1st, 2013
05:32 PM ET

Egypt to try former President Mohamed Morsy for inciting murder

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy will stand trial on charges of incitement to conduct murder and "thuggery" relating to clashes near the presidential palace late last year, state-run MENA reported Sunday.

The country's general prosecutor ordered Morsy to stand trial along with 14 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the news agency said.

No date was given for the trial.

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September 1st, 2013
06:21 AM ET

Obama's recoil on Syria strikes draws heat

What appeared to be imminent U.S. military action against Syria will have to wait - at least for another week.

Now that U.S. President Barack Obama is asking for Congress' approval before launching strikes, he must wait until at least September 9, when lawmakers come back from recess.

In the meantime, he's getting heaps of criticism from both sides of the debate around the world.

"We can't understand how you can promise to help those who are being slaughtered every day in the hundreds, giving them false hope, then change your mind and say let's wait and see," said the Syrian National Coalition, a key group of Syrian dissidents.

But Iran, a staunch supporter of the Syrian regime, warned the United States will pay a price if it strikes Syria.


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September 1st, 2013
04:54 AM ET

Nelson Mandela released from hospital

Nelson Mandela has been discharged from the Pretoria hospital where he had been receiving treatment since June, the South African president's office said Sunday.

He will continue his recovery at home.

"Madiba's condition remains critical and is at times unstable," the president's office said. "Nevertheless, his team of doctors are convinced that he will receive the same level of intensive care at his Houghton home that he received in Pretoria."

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September 1st, 2013
04:25 AM ET

Fukushima radiation levels spike, company says

here's been a sharp spike in radiation levels measured in the pipes and containers holding water at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan.

But the company in charge of cleaning it up says that only a single drop of the highly contaminated water escaped the holding tanks.

Tokyo Electric Power Company said it is confident it can provide safety for workers dealing with the problem.

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September 1st, 2013
02:50 AM ET

Nyad doing 'well' in Cuba-Florida swim

Diana Nyad was 18 hours into her trek from Havana to the Florida Keys early Sunday morning, and things are going swimmingly.

"This is the first time we've ever reached international waters without a crisis," her handler Bonnie Stoll was quoted as saying, which is blogging Nyad's attempt.

Nyad is attempting to become the first person to swim the 103 miles without the benefits of a shark cage, flippers or wet suit.

It's the fifth try for the 64-year-old - and she has said it will be her last.

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