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SYDNEY (AP) — Australian authorities say the man who held 17 people hostage in a Sydney cafe saw himself as a martyr. They say 50-year-old Man Haron Monis came to Australia as a refugee from Iran, complained of being tortured in prison for his political beliefs, and said he was fighting for Islam and for peace. Monis and two of his hostages died early Tuesday in a barrage of gunfire, when police stormed the cafe.

NEW YORK (AP) — Camille Cosby is standing by her comedian husband who's accused of having drugged and sexually assaulted more than a dozen women years ago. The woman who's been married to Bill Cobsy for 50 years says the man his accusers describe is "a man I do not know." At least 15 women are accusing Cosby, including one who says he molested her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was just 15 years old.

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. prosecutors want to use letters recovered during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden to bolster their case against a terror suspect on trial in federal court in New York. The prosecutors say the letters show that Abu Anas al-Libi actively participated in al-Qaida. Al-Libi was nabbed in Tripoli in October 2013 and brought to the United States to face trial in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats are asking President Barack Obama to sign legislation that would slap new sanctions on Russia and provide weapons and other assistance to Ukraine. The widely popular legislation cleared Congress late Saturday, but the White House has remained noncommittal about whether Obama will sign it into law. Administration officials say the president is evaluating the measure, which would target Russia's energy and defense industries.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The family of an Ohio inmate put to death during a prolonged execution is suing the state's former expert witness on lethal injection. The expanded lawsuit alleges that Dr. Mark Dershwitz knew that inmate Dennis McGuire would suffer during the January execution but helped create the state's new lethal injection policy anyway. Dershwitz, a University of Massachusetts anesthesiologist and pharmacologist, said in June that he would no longer act as an expert witness for states defending their lethal injection methods.

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