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Egypt court upholds prison terms for protest leaders

An Egyptian court upheld three-year prison sentences on Monday for three prominent activists charged with violating a controversial law restricting protests. The three, including the founder of the April 6 movement Ahmed Maher, rose to prominence in the 2011 uprising that overthrew veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak. The interim government in place after the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July jailed them for violating a law it had passed banning all but police-sanctioned protests. str-se/srm

Morsi due back in court over Egypt protest deaths

Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi was due back in court on Saturday over his alleged involvement in the killing of protesters in clashes during his rule. The case is part of a relentless crackdown against Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood since the military ousted him on July 3, ending a turbulent year in office. Morsi and 14 co-defendants are charged with involvement in the killing of opposition protesters during clashes outside his Cairo palace in December 2012.

Rights group calls on U.S. to delay military aid to Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch has cautioned Washington against resuming military assistance to Egypt until its military-backed government ends alleged rights abuses and holds violators accountable. The New York-based advocacy group on Friday released a letter it had sent earlier in the week to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, following comments indicating that he would make a decision on aid resumption in the coming weeks.

Dozens injured as clashes erupt in Egypt cities

Clashes erupted Tuesday between student supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and security forces in several cities, wounding at least 33 people, the health ministry said. The violence came as registration of candidates for the May 26-27 presidential election entered its second day, with former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led Morsi's ouster last July, widely expected to win. At least 31 people were hurt when students of Al-Azhar University's branch in the southern city of Assuit clashed with security forces, officials said.

Journalist's father says Egypt trial 'mental torture'

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 bail on Monday after appearing in court in a caged dock.

Britain orders probe into Muslim Brotherhood

British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood over concerns that the group is planning radical activities from a base in London, his Downing Street office said Tuesday. The intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6 have been tasked to gather information on the "philosophy and activities" of the group after several leaders fled to London following the toppling of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi last year.

Egyptian-Canadian journalist's request to be released denied by judge

CAIRO - Three imprisoned Al-Jazeera English journalists, including an Egyptian-Canadian, directly asked the judge on Monday to release them, insisting the terrorism charges against them were unfounded. The judge denied the request for bail by Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy, Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohammed during the fourth hearing in the trial that opened on Feb. 20. The trial marks the first time journalists have been charged with terrorism-related offences in Egypt, drawing international criticism.

Jazeera's Greste denies links with Brotherhood in Egypt trial

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 have a connection with the Muslim Brotherhood is frankly preposterous," Greste, dressed in white prison uniform, told the judges from outside a caged dock.

33 Islamists jailed for 6 years over Egypt protests

An Egypt court on Monday sentenced 33 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to six-year jail terms each for committing acts of violence during an unauthorised protest, judicial sources said. The accused, deemed by the court to be members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, were found guilty of violent acts during clashes between Islamist demonstrators and opponents of Morsi in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria last December, the sources said.

Egypt court rejects Jazeera journalists' bail plea

An Egypt court Monday turned down a plea for bail by jailed Al-Jazeera journalists, who denied links with the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood in a trial that has sparked international condemnation. The journalists, who have spent nearly 100 days in jail since their arrest, are charged with spreading false news and supporting the Islamist movement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi. "Please, get us out of jail, we are tired. We've been suffering in prison," Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, the Egypt bureau chief of Al-Jazeera English, told the judges.
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