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Hundreds to protest over Al Jazeera journalist jailings

Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed before they were each jailed for seven years yesterday for helping the Muslim Brotherhood. Credit: Reuters

Hundreds of journalists are to protest In London later today over the jailing in Egypt of colleagues from Al Jazeera which has provoked outrage around the world.

Staff from the BBC and other news organisations will hold a one minute silent protest outside New Broadcasting House in London at 9.41am-the time of yesterday's sentencing.

Australian-born Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohammed Fahmy, and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed were each sentenced to seven years in prison over alleged terrorism charges.

The imprisonment of the journalists on charges relating to terrorism provoked Foreign Secretary William Hague to summon the Egyptian ambassador in London for a meeting yesterday.


Foreign Office advises tourists to stay indoors in Cairo

The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice in light of recent bombings in Egypt surrounding the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising:

25 January is the 3rd anniversary of the 2011 revolution. A number of groups have called for demonstrations to mark the anniversary.

Protests and disruption to travel around the country are likely in the days before and after 25 January.

You are strongly advised to stay inside during this period in Cairo.

Across the country you are also advised to take particular care in the vicinity of government buildings, and to avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings.

Anger on streets of Cairo after police station bombings

Protesters supporting the Egyptian army have taken to the streets of Cairo after the capital's police and state security buildings were targeted in three separate bombings, which killed at least five people and injured dozens.

The early morning blast at the Cairo Security Directorate brought damage to the nearby Museum of Islamic Art. Credit: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
The suicide car bomb claimed the lives of four people, including three policemen, before two later blasts occurred, claiming one more life. Credit: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Protesters filled the street outside the damaged Directorate and shouted slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood. Credit: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh


Cairo car bombing followed by second deadly blast

Witnesses told state television gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on buildings after the explosion at the Cairo Security Directorate. Credit: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

An early morning suicide car bombing that killed at least four people in the Egyptian capital Cairo has been followed by another deadly blast in the city.

At least one person has been killed in the second blast, state television reported.

Security sources said around 50 people were wounded in the earlier blast, which targeted the Cairo Security Directorate, a headquarters for police and state security. The dead included three policemen.

No claim has yet been made for the bombings, which form one of the most high-profile attacks on the state in months, and comes a day before the third anniversary of the uprising that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.

Large explosion outside Cairo's police headquarters

A blast that shook central Cairo on Friday morning took place near police headquarters, state television reported.

Reuters witnesses heard gunfire after the explosion. State television quoted witnesses as saying gunmen opened fire on buildings after the blast. Smoke was rising over the city centre.

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