Thousands of police officers from across North America packed a church and spilled onto streets outside Saturday to honour a slain New York officer as a devoted family man, aspiring chaplain and hero, though an air of unrest surrounding his ambush shooting was not completely pushed aside.
The gleaming, seven-story U.S. mission in Havana is suddenly is poised to become an even more important presence in Cuba as the two countries negotiate the first phase of their historic detente as the building is transformed into a full embassy.
The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April and other troubling ones this year in Ohio and Arizona gave capital punishment opponents a flicker of hope that areas of the U.S. that most enthusiastically support the death penalty might have a change of heart. They didn't.
An Egyptian appeals court on Saturday upheld the conviction of eight men for "inciting debauchery" for appearing in an alleged same-sex wedding video, but reduced their sentences from three to one year in prison, a court official said.
Syrian state-run TV said Saturday that the government is prepared to take part in peace talks hosted by Russia next month, but the unnamed foreign ministry official it cited suggested the scope of the negotiations would be limited to "preliminary" talks meant to pave the way for a conference in Syria itself.