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Euphoria and outrage in Egypt as Mubarak is cleared

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was today cleared of ordering the killing of protesters during the uprising that ended with his removal from power.

Having served two years of a life sentence, Mr Mubarak was given a retrial where he was today acquitted.

His supporters were delighted but the verdict provoked fury in some quarters.

ITV News Correspondent Gareth Owen reports.


Ousted Mubarak cleared of involvement in killing protesters

An Egyptian court has cleared ousted President Hosni Mubarak of charges related to corruption, and dropped the case against him for his involvement in killing protesters during the 2011 revolt that removed him from power.

Hosni Mubarak waves to supporters inside a cage in a courtroom at the police academy in Cairo, April 2013. Credit: Reuters

Mubarak's interior minister Habib el-Adly and six aides were also cleared of charges related to the killing of protesters in 2011.

Eight missing after 'terror' attack on Egyptian vessel

An Egyptian navy ship has suffered a "terrorist" attack, leaving five servicemen injured and eight others missing, the AFP news agency reported.

Military officials said dozens of "armed assailants" attacked the vessel on Wednesday off the coast of the north-east province Damietta.

The air force helped destroy four of the boats used by the suspected militants, the military said.

Thirty-two people were arrested and are being questioned, officials said.


PM stresses importance of Egypt's role in tackling extremism

David Cameron has urged Egyptian president El Sisi to "ensure human rights are respected" in the country and stressed the importance of their role in tackling Islamist extremism.

The Prime Minister met President El Sisi today in New York.

The Prime Minister stressed Egypt's pivotal role in the region, both economically and in the fight against Islamist extremism. He stressed the UK's wish to see a stable, prosperous and democratic Egypt as Egypt's biggest foreign investor.

– Number 10 spokesperson

"He urged Egypt to ensure human rights are respected in Egypt in the fight against extremism, including addressing the large numbers of people in custody and the widespread use of death sentences," the spokesperson added.

Ex Egyptian leader Morsi charged with leaking secrets

Former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi has been charged with endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive documents to Qatar.

Former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi. Credit: Reuters

Qatar had supported Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood and security sources said last month that Egypt was investigating him in connection with documents they said were leaked to Qatar and its Al Jazeera news channel.

Egypt urges resumption of Gaza ceasefire talks

Egypt has called on Israel and the Palestinians to halt fire and resume ceasefire talks.

Violence continued unabated with Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip and Hamas militants firing rockets at the Jewish state.

A view of what witnesses said was an explosion caused by an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza City Credit: Reuters

A senior Egyptian diplomat said Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas had informed Sisi that Hamas was prepared to come to Cairo for further talks, but Hamas has not immediately confirmed the report.

Gaza health officials said five people, including two children, were killed in an Israeli strike on a house in central Gaza.

Four more Palestinians were killed in other strikes.

The Israeli military said Gaza militants had fired more than 40 rockets at Israel and no Israeli casualties were reported.

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