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Student to return to Cairo

An Egyptian student in California has agreed to return to Cairo after he wrote a threatening comment on Facebook about Donald Trump that drew the attention of the Secret Service and led to the cancelation of his student visa, law enforcement officials and his lawyer said. The student, Emadeldin Elsayed, 23, posted an article on Facebook last month about Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims from entering the US. “I literally don’t mind taking a lifetime sentence in jail for killing this guy, I would actually be doing the whole world a favor,” Elsayed wrote, according to his lawyer, Hani Bushra. After the Secret Service investigated his comments, Elsayed was expelled from flight school, which made him ineligible to continue studying on a visa, even though prosecutors decided not to charge him. Rights advocates say they are alarmed by his case and see it as another sign of the government using the immigration system as a punitive tool against people, particularly Muslims, who are perceived as threats.


Militant assault repelled

The security forces repelled a militant assault on Monday on a town near the Libyan border, killing 36 assailants in what authorities said was a thwarted effort to establish an Islamic emirate. Eleven members of the security forces and seven civilians were also killed in Ben Guerdane in what President Beji Caid Essebsi condemned as an “unprecedented” jihadist attack. It prompted authorities to close the frontier and order a nighttime curfew. Prime Minister Habib Essid, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group, said the operation’s aim had been to create a “Daesh emirate” in Ben Guerdane, but the army and internal security forces had thwarted the attackers. Essebsi, in an earlier statement broadcast on state television, said the assault was “maybe aimed at controlling” the border region with Libya and vowed to “exterminate these rats.”


Airstrike kills at least 19

An airstrike was reported to have killed at least 19 people and possibly many more at a market in the northwest on Monday, straining a cessation of hostilities agreement meant to pave the way for peace talks. In a further upsurge in violence, the Nusra Front and other Islamist insurgents not included in the US-Russian agreement attacked government forces in a neighboring province, taking over a village and at least two hilltops in their first advance for some time in the area, a monitoring group said. The agreement, accepted by President Bashar al-Assad’s government and most of his enemies, has reduced violence in Syria since it took effect on Feb. 27, the first truce of its kind in a five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and caused the world’s worst refugee crisis.


Teacher confesses to abuse

A third teacher at a school run by a Roman Catholic order in Barcelona has confessed to having sexually abused students in a video released on Monday, deepening one of the nation’s biggest pedophile scandals. The man, who is in his 70s and was identified only by his initials A.F., can be heard in the video recorded with a hidden camera apologizing to one of the victims he abused in the 1980s. “I don’t know why I did it... it was like a child’s game,” he says in the video posted on the Web site of daily newspaper El Periodico de Catalunya. The victim said he was sexually abused by the former teacher dozens of times when he was eight to 14 years old.

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