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Morsi trial over Egypt jailbreak set for Jan 28

Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi and 130 others including Hamas members will go on trial on January 28 over a jailbreak during the 2011 uprising, judicial sources said Thursday. The prosecution said last month that the defendants have also been accused of murdering police officers. It said almost 70 of the defendants were members of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

Hamas rejects Egypt branding of Brotherhood as 'terrorist'

Gaza's Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya rejected on Tuesday Egypt's branding of the Muslim Brotherhood a "terrorist" organisation, saying his Islamist movement would not abandon its links with the Brotherhood. "No one can push Hamas to reject its ideology or its history," he told a news conference, stressing he "rejects the description of the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorists". "We don't expect a country like Egypt, which is a safe place for the Palestinian people and resistance, to abandon its (principles) and rank Hamas as a terrorist organisation," he said.

Kidnapped French priest freed in Cameroon

A French Roman Catholic priest held hostage for seven weeks by Islamic militants in Cameroon arrived home in France on Wednesday a day after his release, hailed as a New Year's gift. Georges Vandenbeusch, 42, who was freed on Tuesday, said he had not been mistreated by his captors despite being kept in "rustic conditions". Smiling, and freshly shaven, the priest was greeted in Paris by President Francois Hollande and a group of loved ones.

Kidnapped French priest freed in Cameroon arrives home

French President Francois Hollande praised the "courage" of a Roman Catholic priest held hostage for seven weeks by Islamic militants in Cameroon as the cleric arrived home to a joyous welcome on Wednesday. Hollande greeted Georges Vandenbeusch, who was freed on Tuesday, on the 42-year-old's return to Paris. Vandenbeusch had been kidnapped on November 13 by heavily armed men who burst into his parish at night in the far north of the central African country and took him to neighbouring Nigeria. Hollande hailed the priest for his "courage" and "self-sacrifice".

Hamas rejects terror label of Egypt Islamists

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The Palestinian group Hamas condemned on Tuesday Egypt's designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group last week, reaffirming its solidarity with the ousted movement despite a crippling blockade imposed by Cairo. Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the Hamas Gaza government, also snubbed calls by some rival Palestinian factions to sever its connections with the Brotherhood.

Egypt orders 7 Brotherhood members held on terror charges

Egyptian prosecutors ordered seven Muslim Brotherhood members, including an ex-lawmaker, held on accusations of belonging to a terrorist group, a day after the government blacklisted the movement, state media reported. The seven include the son of a deputy leader of deposed president Mohamed Morsi's movement, which the government declared yesterday a terrorist organisation, the official MENA news agency reported. se/al

Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood supporters under terror law

CAIRO (Reuters) - Police arrested 16 Muslim Brotherhood supporters on Thursday, the state news agency said, the first arrests on charges of belonging to a terrorist organization since the group was declared one by the government. The men were arrested in the Nile Delta province of Sharkiya on suspicion of crimes including "promoting the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood group, distributing its leaflets, and inciting violence against the army and police".

Egypt declares Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

Egypt's military-installed rulers declared the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted president Mohamed Morsi a "terrorist" organisation Wednesday, signalling a wider crackdown after blaming it for a deadly police compound bombing claimed by a jihadist group. A Muslim Brotherhood leader lambasted the decision and said the organisation would keep up its protests across Egypt despite the unprecedented move against the 85-year-old group, the country's oldest and largest Islamist movement.

Egypt declares Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

Egypt's military-installed government declared the Muslim Brotherhood movement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi a "terrorist" group Wednesday, banning all its activities, including demonstrations, ministers said after a cabinet meeting. Deputy prime minister Hossam Eissa said the movement has been declared a "terrorist" group and social solidarity minister Ahmed al-Borei said the government would ban all its activities, including "protests." bur-se/jk

Egypt declares Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

Egypt's military-installed rulers declared the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted president Mohamed Morsi a "terrorist" organisation Wednesday, signalling a wider crackdown after blaming it for a deadly police station bombing claimed by jihadists. A Muslim Brotherhood leader lambasted the "drastic" decision and vowed the movement would keep up its protests across Egypt, despite the move which is unprecedented for the 85-year-old movement.
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