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World in brief February 21, 2019

EGYPT: Nine people were put to death yesterday after being convicted of involvement in the assassination of the chief prosecutor Hisham Barakat in 2015.

The nine were members of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose elected president Mohammed Morsi was overthrown by the army in 2013.

Amnesty International said their confessions were suspect as it had reason to believe they had been tortured.

CHINA: Fang Fenghui, the country’s most senior general before being stripped of his rank and expelled from the Communist Party last year, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for corruption, Xinhua said yesterday.

Mr Fang had chaired the Joint Staff of the People’s Liberation Army, which co-ordinates China’s ground, sea, air, rocketry and cyber forces. He was tried for possessing “large amounts of property whose origins he could not account for.”

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