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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.

White House calls on Egypt to free Jazeera journalists

The White House on Tuesday called on Egypt to free three Al-Jazeera television journalists who have been held for more than a month, reportedly in harsh conditions. President Barack Obama's spokesman Jay Carney said the detention of the journalists was "of deep concern" to the US administration. "The restrictions on freedom of expression in Egypt are a concern, and that includes the targeting of Egyptian and foreign journalists and academics simply for expressing their views."

White House calls on Egypt to free Jazeera journalists

The White House on Tuesday called on Egypt to free three Al-Jazeera television journalists who have been held for more than a month, reportedly in harsh conditions. President Barack Obama's spokesman Jay Carney said the detention of the journalists was "of deep concern" to the US administration. "The restrictions on freedom of expression in Egypt are a concern, and that includes the targeting of Egyptian and foreign journalists and academics simply for expressing their views."

Terror-accused Dutch journo leaves Egypt

Dutch journalist Rena Netjes left Egypt on Tuesday after being accused of being part of a "terror cell" involving Qatari-owned broadcaster Al-Jazeera, her Amsterdam-based employer said. "She has left Egypt," a colleague at BNR Nieuwsradio told AFP, asking not to be named. Netjes flew out of Cairo early Tuesday after several days in hiding, following a crackdown on the pan-Arab satellite broadcaster which Cairo accuses of backing the Muslim Brotherhood ousted from power by the military in July.

Terror-accused Dutch journo leaves Egypt

Dutch journalist Rena Netjes left Egypt on Tuesday after being accused of being part of a "terror cell" involving Qatari-owned broadcaster Al-Jazeera, her Amsterdam-based employer said. "She has left Egypt," a colleague at BNR Nieuwsradio told AFP, asking not to be named. Netjes flew out of Cairo early Tuesday after several days in hiding, following a crackdown on the pan-Arab satellite broadcaster which Cairo accuses of backing the Muslim Brotherhood ousted from power by the military in July.

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 to allow appeals against military court verdicts

Egypt said Sunday that verdicts handed down by military courts, which under the new constitution are allowed to try civilians, can now be appealed. The provision allowing civilians to be judged by the military has faced stiff opposition from rights activists. Thousands of cases involving civilians have been referred to military courts since the early 2011 uprising that toppled long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak.

In Egypt, just speaking to Brotherhood is a risk for foreign reporters

By Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) - When Hosni Mubarak was in power, a foreign journalist could spend unlimited time with members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, who roundly condemned the autocratic leader. These days the same conversation can land reporters in court on charges of aiding a terrorist group, a sign of where the country is headed three years after a popular uprising raised hopes of greater freedom.

Egypt warns social media users against inciting unrest

Egypt on Thursday warned users of social media such as Facebook and Twitter of arrests if they incited violence through their posts, saying there were being tracked. The interior ministry said 10 members of the "terrorist (Muslim) Brotherhood" had already been arrested for such acts. The authorities were using "modern technology to track" those inciting violence against police and civilians, and for posting information on how to make explosives.

Canadian journalist in Cairo faces charges that include joining terrorist group

The family of an Egyptian-Canadian journalist imprisoned in Cairo expressed shock Wednesday as authorities abruptly charged the man with being part of a terrorist group. The allegation was among a slate of charges brought against Mohamed Fahmy and 19 other employees of satellite news broadcaster Al Jazeera in what's believed to be the first time Egypt sent journalists to trial for terror related charges.
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