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Al Jazeera Journalists Remain in Jail Despite Lack of Evidence in Court

By Kevin Kriedemann London - Despite the lack of evidence shown in court in Cairo, the three Al Jazeera English journalists will remain behind bars until the next hearing on 22 April 2014.  The fifth hearing in the trial was halted after the prosecution screened video which it says supports its case against the Al Jazeera team. But the reports showed Peter Greste reporting in Kenya and extracts of his award ...

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Journalist’s father says Egypt trial ‘mental torture’

BRISBANE, Australia, April 01, 2014 (AFP) - The father of Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste said Tuesday that the Australian's trial in Egypt over alleged links to the banned Muslim Brotherhood was "psychological torture" for his family. Greste has denied charges of spreading false news and supporting the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi but was refused ba ...

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Jazeera’s Greste denies links with Brotherhood in Egypt trial

CAIRO - Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste told judges Monday he has no links to the banned Muslim Brotherhood, saying that he and fellow jailed journalists from the network pose no threat to Egypt. Greste, an Australian, and his co-defendants are on trial on charges of spreading false news and supporting the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. "The idea that I ...

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Jazeera reporters back in the dock in Egypt

CAIRO - Al-Jazeera's Australian reporter Peter Greste and fellow journalists from the satellite news channel were back in court in Egypt Monday after spending nearly 100 days in jail since their arrest. Greste and his co-defendants are charged with spreading false news and supporting the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Monday's hearing comes a day after Interior M ...

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496 dead in Egypt ‘terror’ attacks since Morsi’s ouster: ministry

CAIRO - Militants have killed 496 people in Egypt since the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, mostly soldiers and policemen, the foreign ministry said on Saturday. Attacks have surged since the army removed Morsi last July 3 and the military-installed authorities launched a deadly crackdown on his supporters. A foreign ministry "factsheet" sent to media said 252 police and 187 military perso ...

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Egypt sentences two Morsi supporters to death: judicial sources

CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced to death two supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi convicted of throwing youths off an apartment block roof, judicial sources said. One youth thrown from the building in Alexandria was killed. The court submitted its verdict for approval to the mufti, the government's official interpreter of Islamic law, the sources said. The latest death sentences com ...

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Egypt police, protesters clash over Sisi presidency bid

Cairo — Egyptian police clashed Friday with Islamists protesting against a decision by ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stand for president, state media and security officials said. Supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi took to the streets in Cairo, Alexandria and other Egyptian cities to vent their anger at Sisi who overthrew the Islamist leader nine months ago. Four people were wounded in cla ...

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Washington not backing any Egyptian candidate

Washington — The United States vowed Thursday it was not backing any particular candidate in upcoming Egyptian elections, with Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi strongly favored to win. Sisi's candidacy is being hailed by the millions of Egyptians weary of more than three years of turmoil since the overthrow of veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak. But experts warn he is certain to continue the crackdown on Islami ...

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Egypt’s Sisi ditches uniform, quits as defence minister

CAIRO - Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ditched his military fatigues on Thursday and resigned as Egypt's defence minister, a day after announcing he would stand for president. Sisi turned up in civilian clothes at the weekly cabinet meeting to submit his resignation after quitting as army chief the previous night, state news agency MENA reported. Meanwhile, General Sedki Sobhi was sworn in as the new de ...

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Sisi may revive strongman era to quell Egypt unrest: analysts

CAIRO - Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is assured of winning Egypt's forthcoming presidential vote but at the cost of reviving the era of strongman rule as he faces a dilapidated economy and rising militancy. Analysts say Field Marshal Sisi, who on Wednesday announced he was quitting the army to run for president, was certain to continue the crackdown on Islamists that started when he overthrew elected president Moha ...

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Egypt’s Sisi says he will run for president

CAIRO - Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Wednesday he had quit the military to run for president, vowing to rid the country of "terrorism" almost nine months after he toppled the elected leader. Sisi, who was also defence minister, faces no serious competition in the election, likely before June, and is expected to win comfortably riding on a wave of popularity for his law and order message. He ...

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Sisi meets Egypt army brass to quit ahead of poll: report

CAIRO - Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Wednesday called a meeting of the military's top council to tender his resignation ahead of a likely presidential bid, state media reported. Sisi's aides have said the field marshal, who toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July, will contest elections due before the summer. Sisi gathered his belongings in his defence ministry office before starting the ...

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