Egyptian court sentences 529 to death

A court in Egypt has sentenced 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death, sparking outrage from relatives and protests in Cairo.

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Egypt to build new 45 mile canal alongside Suez

Egypt is to build a new 72-km (45 mile) canal alongside the Suez Canal, the chairman of the Suez Canal Authority said.

The Suez Canal in Egypt.
The Suez Canal in Egypt. Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

"This giant project will be the creation of a new Suez Canal parallel to the current channel of a total length of 72 kilometres," Mohab Mamish told a conference in Ismailia, a port town on the Suez Canal.

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State TV: Three dead in Egypt car bomb blast

Three people have been killed in a car bomb blast in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt's state-run Nile Television says.

Another state news outlet, Al-Ahram, quoted a police officer who said those killed were inside the car and were likely to have been on their way to carry out a "terrorist operation".

Journalist Peter Greste to appeal against jail sentence

Jailed Al Jazeera and former BBC journalist Peter Greste is to appeal against his conviction on terrorism-related charges in Egypt, his brother has said.

Australian journalist Peter Greste was jailed for seven years by an Egytian court for alleged terror offences, which he denies.
Australian journalist Peter Greste was jailed for seven years by an Egytian court for alleged terror offences, which he denies. Credit: Reuters

Egyptian authorities accuse Al Jazeera of backing the Muslim Brotherhood, which was recently ruled a terrorist organisation.

Mr Greste's sentencing sparked outrage around the world when he was jailed along with fellow journalists Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed last month.

Andrew Greste's brother Mike said during a press conference in Brisbane that the family would be appealing the conviction.
Andrew Greste's brother Mike said during a press conference in Brisbane that the family would be appealing the conviction. Credit: PA

Today Mr Greste's brother Mike told reporters in the family's hometown of Brisbane that they "have to have faith in the Egyptian system."

He added: "We have to exhaust all legal channels prior to ... taking other strategies," referring to options including appealing to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi for clemency.

At least 21 Egyptian soldiers dead in checkpoint attack

Gunmen killed 21 Egyptian soldiers at a security checkpoint on Saturday.

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Security forces have been targeted by militants since Mohammed Morsi was ousted over a year ago. Credit: Reuters

Officials said a weapons storage facility was blown up by a rocket-propelled grenade during the attack in Wadi al-Gadid governorate in western Egypt.

Security officials said the attackers were smugglers but an army spokesman said the assailants were "terrorists".

Two of the gunmen were killed in the clashes.

Smugglers kill 15 Egyptian border guards near Libya

A gang of armed smugglers have killed 15 Egyptian border guards near the frontier with Libya, security officials said.

Initial reports suggested up to 10 more guards may have been wounded in the attack.

The attack took place in Wadi al-Gadid governorate, which borders both Sudan and Libya.

Local media said three smugglers were killed in clashes with the guards, Reuters has reported.

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Journalists show support for jailed Al Jazeera reporters

Journalists across the world have shown their support for the Al Jazeera reporters who have now been imprisoned in Egypt for 200 days.

ITN journalists show their support for the Al Jazeera journalists.
ITN journalists show their support for the Al Jazeera journalists. Credit: ITN

ITN journalists, including ITV News presenter Mark Austin, wore a #FreeAJStaff gag in protest against the decision by Egyptian authorities to jail Al Jazeera reporters.

Mark Austin shows his support for the campaign.
ITV News' Mark Austin shows his support for the campaign. Credit: ITV News

Muslim Brotherhood leader 'sentenced to life in jail'

Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie (R) Credit: Reuters

An Egyptian court has sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie to life in prison, the court's judge said, for inciting violence that erupted after the army deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last year.

According to Reuters, the court also upheld death sentences for 10 other Brotherhood leaders and supporters, of whom eight were charged in absentia, on the same crimes.

Read: Kerry in Cairo for talks on Muslim Brotherhood crackdown

Egypt president defiant over imprisoned reporters

Parents of jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste, Lois, left, and Juris Greste speak to the media in Brisbane Credit: PA

The Egyptian president will not interfere in court rulings that sentenced three al Jazeera journalists to seven years in prison amid and international outcry.

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaking in a nationally televised speech during a military graduation ceremony, said Egypt has an independent judiciary and urged people to stop commenting on or criticising rulings by courts.

"We will not interfere in court verdicts," he said.

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