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Egypt has no plans to send ambassador back to Qatar: cabinet

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's ambassador to Qatar, who was recalled to Cairo last month over political tension between the two Arab states, will not go back to Doha for now, the cabinet said on Thursday. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain withdrew their envoys from on Qatar on Wednesday in a dispute reflecting their suspicions of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is supported by Doha. Egypt has declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group.

Parents of Australian reporter held in Egypt petition for his release

BRISBANE, Australia (Reuters) - The parents of an Australian journalist held on terrorism-related charges in Egypt have launched an online petition calling for his release days before his trial is due to start in Cairo. Al Jazeera reporter Peter Greste has been charged, along with several colleagues, with publishing lies that harmed Egypt's national interest. Greste's parents, Lois and Juris, have collected more than 30,000 signatures calling for Peter to be set free via their petition on campaign website avaaz.org.

Egypt's Morsi trial adjourned to March 1

An Egyptian court on Wednesday adjourned the murder trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to March 1, to review video evidence against the Islamist. Morsi and 14 co-defendants, some of them former aides, are charged with inciting the killings of opposition protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012. The court also postponed witness testimony scheduled for Wednesday's session, after Morsi's defence requested more time to prepare for cross examination.

Egypt former top officer to testify in Morsi trial Wednesday

An Egyptian court will begin hearing testimonies in the murder trial of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi from Wednesday, when a former top military officer will give evidence. In the brief session on Tuesday, the court decided to convene again on Wednesday to hear testimony from the former head of the military's Republican Guard, the unit tasked with providing security for Egypt's presidents. Morsi was present in the court, inside a soundproof glass dock to prevent him from interrupting proceedings with defiant outbursts, as he had done in previous hearings.

Egypt summons Qatar diplomat to demand wanted Islamists

Egypt's foreign ministry said it summoned Qatar's charge d'affaires in Cairo on Tuesday to demand the handover of Islamist fugitives in exile in Doha. Relations between the countries deteriorated with the Egyptian military's overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and its subsequent crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood movement, which Qatar backs. Egypt had summoned the Qatari ambassador last month in protest at Doha's criticism of the crackdown on Islamists. He was not in the country on Tuesday.

Egypt court adjourns trial of Brotherhood leader

An Egyptian court on Monday adjourned to February 15 the trial of the Muslim Brotherhood's supreme guide over violence that left two people dead, judicial sources said. Along with 47 leaders and members of the Islamist movement, supreme guide Mohamed Badie is accused of inciting violence that erupted in the Nile Delta city of Qaliub, days only after the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July, the sources said.

Egypt court adjourns trial of Brotherhood leader

An Egyptian court on Monday adjourned to February 15 the trial of the Muslim Brotherhood's supreme guide over violence that left two people dead, judicial sources said. Along with 47 leaders and members of the Islamist movement, supreme guide Mohamed Badie is accused of inciting violence that erupted in the Nile Delta city of Qaliub, days only after the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July, the sources said.

Egypt charges journalists with aiding "terrorists"

Cairo, Jan 29 (EFE).- Three Al Jazeera journalists are among 20 people bound over for trial on charges of supporting terrorism, Egyptian prosecutors said Wednesday. The journalists - Australian Peter Greste, Canadian citizen Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed - are accused of "broadcasting false information and rumors to convince the international community that Egypt was undergoing a civil war."

Egypt to try 20 Al-Jazeera journalists

Egyptian prosecutors Wednesday referred to trial 20 journalists working for Al-Jazeera television, including four foreigners accused of "airing false news." The Qatar-based news channel, which has incensed Egypt's new military-installed authorities by its coverage of their crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, said the charges are baseless and "silly." The 16 Egyptians have been charged with belonging to a "terrorist organisation... and harming national unity and social peace," a prosecution statement said.

Egypt announces early election a day after carnage

Egypt Sunday announced early presidential elections likely to anoint the general who overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, as the country reeled from a weekend of violence that killed dozens of people. Interim president Adly Mansour announced the poll in a televised address, a day after 49 people died in clashes between Islamist protesters and police and thousands rallied in support of military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
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