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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.

Journalists protest Egypt jailing of Jazeera colleagues

Scores of supporters of Al-Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt demonstrated on Tuesday in Kenya, the base of one of the detained reporters. "Being a journalist is not a crime," the crowd of around a 100 shouted outside the Egyptian embassy in Nairobi, in a peaceful protest watched over by armed police. The detained journalists, who have been locked up for more than a month, include Peter Greste, an award-winning Australian reporter who previously worked for the BBC and who lives in the Kenyan capital.

Journalists protest Egypt jailing of Jazeera colleagues

Scores of supporters of Al-Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt demonstrated on Tuesday in Kenya, the base of one of the detained reporters. "Being a journalist is not a crime," the crowd of around a 100 shouted outside the Egyptian embassy in Nairobi, in a peaceful protest watched over by armed police. The detained journalists, who have been locked up for more than a month, include Peter Greste, an award-winning Australian reporter who previously worked for the BBC and who lives in the Kenyan capital.

Two roadside bombs wound policeman in Cairo

Two roadside bombs exploded near a passing patrol car in a Cairo suburb on Friday, slightly wounding one policeman, an Egyptian interior ministry statement said. The attack came as Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi called for protests after the weekly Friday prayers. Cairo has been rocked by several bombings and shootings targeting police over the past week.

Three killed as clashes erupt in Egypt

At least three people were killed as supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi clashed with police and opponents in three cities Friday, security officials and medics said. Thousands of the Islamist's backers had rallied across the country before police intervened to disperse the protests with tear gas and birdshot. The protests came after an Islamist alliance backing Morsi called for demonstrations ahead of a new hearing in Morsi's trial on Wednesday.

Three killed as clashes erupt in Egypt

At least three people were killed as supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi clashed with police and opponents in two cities Friday, security officials and medics said. Thousands of the Islamist's backers had rallied across the country before police intervened to disperse the protests with tear gas and birdshot. The protests came after an Islamist alliance backing Morsi called for demonstrations ahead of a new hearing in Morsi's trial on Wednesday.

Officials misleading public on 'Lizard King'

Opposition lawmakers in Malaysia claimed Wednesday to have proof notorious wildlife trafficker Anson Wong is linked to a company selling pythons and other animals, accusing authorities of "misleading the public". An Al Jazeera report last month alleged that Wong, dubbed the "Lizard King", and his wife Cheah Bing Shee were still involved in the wildlife trade through a company called Rona Wildlife. This was despite the government revoking Wong's licenses after he was jailed in 2010 for attempting to smuggle 95 boa constrictors to Indonesia.

Egypt to try Islamists over alleged 'torture'

Egypt will put on trial eight people including Islamist leaders and an Al-Jazeera journalist on charges of inciting "torture" during the 2011 uprising, judicial sources said Wednesday. A date has yet to be fixed for the trial of the eight, who also include a former minister, the sources said. The group has been accused of "inciting the torture of a lawyer in Tahrir Square after accusing him of being an officer of the state security" during the uprising that ousted longtime president Hosni Mubarak in January 2011.

Malaysia's 'Lizard King' back in business

A notorious Malaysian wildlife trafficker dubbed the "Lizard King" for his smuggling of endangered reptiles is back in business, according to an Al Jazeera report that prompted outraged wildlife activists Friday to demand action. Anson Wong was arrested in August 2010 at Kuala Lumpur's international airport while attempting to smuggle 95 endangered boa constrictors to Indonesia. He was sentenced to five years in jail, but a Malaysian appeals court freed him in 2012, sparking an outcry.

Egypt prosecutor refers former minister to trial

Egypt's public prosecutor Wednesday referred a former minister to trial for offering state television equipment to a satellite channel broadcasting demonstrations backing ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, judicial sources said. Salah Abdel Maqsud, who was information minister under Morsi, and an official from state television, have been referred to trial, the sources said.
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