Three militants, including one wearing an explosive belt, approached the entrance to the Temple of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt, this morning but were stopped by police. The temple is a popular tourist attraction. While no tourists were hurt, the militant did detonate his bomb, wounding two police officers and two civilians, per The BBC.
On Saturday, an American citizen, Mohamed Soltan, was sentenced to life imprisonment in Egypt for his support of an Islamist protest in the summer of 2013, the New York Times reports. The presiding judge sentenced more than 35 other defendants in the case to the same penalty, while fourteen senior members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to death, Reuters reports.
Newly-inaugurated Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says he will not pardon the three Al Jazeera journalists sentenced to jail yesterday for conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to report false news. "If we desire [strong] state institutions, we must respect court rulings and not comment on them even if others don't understand these rulings," he said last night, according to the Associated Press.
Three Al Jazeera journalists were convicted this morning in Cairo of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast false news. Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Peter Greste were sentenced to seven years in jail, and Baher Mohammed was sentenced to 10 years—the three additional years were for "possession of ammunition."
Egyptian authorities have asked YouTube to remove a video of a 19-year-old student being sexually assaulted by at least seven men and dragged through Tahrir Square during the weekend's inaugural celebrations. A spokesman for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi confirmed to Reuters that the victim herself wants the video to be taken down.