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Journalist demands $100m compensation from Al Jazeera

A lawyer representing an Al Jazeera journalist on trial in Egypt said the man has filed a lawsuit in a Canadian court accusing his employer of negligence and has demanded $100 million in compensation.

Journalist on trial demands $100m compensation from Al Jazeera. Credit: PA

Mohamed Fahmy, who spent more than 400 days in an Egyptian jail on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation, suggested Al Jazeera's actions landed him in jail.

Egyptian tribes join fight against extremist militants

Thirty tribes based in the Sinai region of Egypt have today pledged their support to security forces battling extremist militant groups in the Middle East.

The Sinai Tribal Federation held a meeting today and agreed to work with "relevant agencies and institutions of the formal support the state and the armed forces in their war against terrorism".

It comes after security sources revealed the Sinai Province militant group, which supports Islamic State, had executed prominent members of the tribes.


Egypt's ex-president Mubarak sentenced to three years

An Egyptian court has sentenced former president Hosni Mubarak and sons to three years in jail in the retrial of a corruption case.

Hosni Mubarak waves to supporters during a court appearance in April 2013. Credit: Reuters

Mubarak was sentenced to three years in prison last May for diverting public funds earmarked to renovate presidential palaces and using the money to upgrade family properties.

His two sons were given four-year jail terms in the same case.

Ousted Egypt president Morsi sentenced to 20 years

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in jail over protester deaths in 2012, in a televised court decision.

It is the first verdict to be issued against the country's first freely-elected leader.

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi Credit: Reuters

The Cairo Criminal Court issued the verdict as Morsi and other defendants in the case - mostly Muslim Brotherhood leaders - stood in a soundproof glass cage inside a makeshift courtroom at Egypt's national police academy.

The case stems from violence outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

Deadly bomb attacks on Egypt's Sinai peninsula

A car bomb targeting a police station in Egypt's Sinai peninsula killed at least two people and wounded as many as 30 others.

Reuters report that it is the second bomb attack in the region in a day.

The attack on the took place in the city of al-Arish on Sunday. Earlier, a roadside bomb killed six soldiers in the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid.


Two killed and dozens injured in bomb attacks in Egypt

Two people have been killed and more than 30 others injured in two attacks in Egypt, including one where a suicide bomber tried to ram a water tanker into a police barracks.

The attacks come just days before a major investment conference in the popular tourist resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, which Egyptian authorities hope will help pump billions into the economy.

Police opened fire on the tanker, which exploded before it reached the barracks in al-Arish in North Sinai.

One civilian was killed and two others injured, along with 30 police officers.

In a second attack, a roadside bomb exploded near a security checkpoint in southern Arish, killing one army officer and injuring three others.

Trial adjourned of 'terror'-accused Al Jazeera journalists

The trial of two Al Jazeera journalists charged with aiding a terrorist organisation in Egypt has been adjourned.

Canadian-based Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, from Egypt, spent over a year behind bars in the country before being released on bail last month.

Cameraman Baher Mohamed, left, and Mohamed Fadel Fahmy Credit: PA

A third journalist, Peter Greste, was released and deported back to Australia earlier in February.

Both men deny the charge.

The trial will resume on March 19.

Egyptian court lists Hamas as terror group

An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, Egyptian state television said.

Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013.

An Egyptian court decision to list Hamas as a terrorist organization is "shocking and dangerous," the Islamist group said in a statement.

"The Egyptian court's decision to list the Hamas movement as a terror organization is shocking and is dangerous, and it targets the Palestinian people and its factions of resistance," the statement said.

"It will have no influence on the Hamas movement, which enjoys the respect of all the nation and the leaders of the nation."

One dead and five injured after five bombs explode across Cairo

One Person was killed and five others wounded after five bombs went off in the Egyptian capital. One of the five bombs exploded outside a Vodafone shop. Credit: Reuters

Five bombs exploded in Cairo today killing one person and wounding five others.

Three police officers were injured when one of the bombs went of near a police station in the district of Alwaraq, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said in a statement.

One person was killed and a further two wounded when one of the devices went off outside a restaurant in a residential district of the Egyptian capital.

The other three bombs resulted in damage to businesses, including a Vodafone shop, but there were no reports of injuries in the middle-class district of Mohandeseen, where most of the attacks took place.

Egypt has experienced an influx in violence since General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (now President Sisi) overthrew Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Most of the ensuing violence has taken place in the restless Sinai Peninsula.

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