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World news briefs — compiled March 23

EGYPT

Activist ordered freed on bail

An Egyptian court on Sunday ordered the release on bail pending trial of a prominent activist charged with breaking a new law that heavily restricts protests, after he spent nearly four months in jail. The case against Alaa Abdel-Fattah and 24 other defendants was criticized by rights groups. It was seen as part of a sweeping clampdown by authorities on dissidents, widening an already ongoing crackdown on Islamist supporters of the ousted President Mohammed Morsi to include the secular opposition. Egyptian authorities arrested Abdel-Fattah, a leading figure in the 2011 uprising against autocrat Hosni Mubarak, in November. He was charged with organizing a protest without permission and assaulting police.

GUINEA

Samples test positive for ebola

Samples from victims of a viral hemorrhagic fever that has killed more than 50 people in Guinea have tested positive for the ebola virus, government officials said Sunday, marking the first time an outbreak among humans has been detected in this West African nation. Government spokesman Damantang Albert Camara said the virus was found in tests conducted at a laboratory in Lyon, France.

JAMAICA

Pennsylvania vacationer drowns

An American vacationer drowned while swimming off a popular resort town on the western side of the Caribbean island, police said. The Jamaica Constabulary Force identified the dead man as David McCormick, 43. A Sunday police statement said McCormick was swimming off the beach town of Negril when he got into difficulties and “drowned before help could reach him.”

Compiled from wire reports.



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