Egypt court sentences 23 pro-democracy protesters to 3 years

An Egyptian court sentenced 23 pro-democracy activists on Sunday to three years in prison for holding an unlicenced protest, after international calls to free the defendants.

The rights activists include Yara Sallam and Sanaa Seif, described by Amnesty International as "prisoners of conscience." The Cairo court also ordered each of the 23 defendants to pay a 10,000 Egyptian pound (about $1,390) fine.