The Giza Criminal Court sentenced on Monday Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and fourteen others to life in prison for murder and inciting violence. The fifteen defendants were tried for violence, which occurred following the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in Giza's Bahr al-Azam neighborhood on July 15, 2013. Violent clashes broke out in the neighborhood following a pro-Morsi protest, in which five people were killed. Other defendants include Brotherhood leaders Essam al-Erian and Mohamed al-Beltagy, former Supply and Internal Trade Minister Bassem Ouda and Islamist preacher Safwat Hegazy.
French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for a global response to counter ISIS, as leaders of twenty-six countries gathered in Paris to discuss how to fight against the militant group.Tehran ridiculed the international conference on the jihadist threat that opened in Paris on Monday, insisting the Islamic State cannot be defeated without the support of its ally Damascus. Neither Iran nor Syria were invited to the meeting in the French capital, despite the Damascus government's involvement in almost daily military action against ISIS.
Reports Thursday afternoon suggested progress in talks between the government and Houthi protesters, with the government allegedly agreeing with the Houthi leadership to roll back fuel subsidy reform by twelve percent and to possibly form a new government.