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Missing Russian passenger jet believed to have crashed in Egypt

A Russian passenger jet which reportedly went 'missing' with more than 200 people on board may have crashed in Egypt, according to officials.

Russian passenger jet is believed to have crashed in central Sinai Credit: Google Maps

The Airbus A-321 jet, which was travelling from Egypt to Russia disappeared from radar screens whilst in Cypriot airspace, according to Russia's RIA news agency.

A statement released by the Egyptian Prime Minister's office confirmed that a Russian passenger plane had crashed in central Sinai.

Egyptians begin voting in parliamentary election

Egyptians living abroad have begun voting in the nation's first parliamentary election since the military's 2013 ousting of Egypt's first freely elected president.

Egyptians begin voting in first parliamentary election. Credit: APTN

Voting began on Saturday and will continue on Sunday, the first of two days of voting in 15 provinces, including Cairo's twin city of Giza. Voting in Egypt's 13 other provinces will be on November 22-23.

Many analysts and observers expect a low turnout and a chamber that will support the policies of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi who was elected in 2014 after the ousting of Mohamed Morsi.

Some 300,000 police and soldiers are deployed to ensure the security of the vote.


Footage shows Al-Jazeera journalist hearing of pardon

Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste was visibly emotional as he learned one of his colleagues was to be freed.

Greste was filming an Australian comedy show when he discovered colleague Mohamed Fahmy had been pardoned in Egypt.

Egyptian authorities released the Canadian journalist and his Egyptian colleague Baher Mohammed on Wednesday after a presidential pardon.

Greste was sentenced in absentia, along with Fahmy and Mohammed, for airing what a court described as "false news" and biased coverage.

Egyptian forces kill 12 after shooting at tourist convoy

Egyptian security forces mistakenly kill 12 tourists in shoot out. Credit: REuters

Egypt's police and military killed 12 Egyptians and Mexicans and injured 10 when they accidentally shot at a Mexican tourist convoy whilst engaging militants in the country's western desert, the ministry of interior said in a statement.

A joint force from the police and military, whilst chasing terrorist elements in the oasis area of the western desert tonight, accidentally engaged four four-wheel drives belonging to a Mexican tourist group.

The incident resulted in the death of 12 Mexicans and Egyptians and the injury of 10 others who have been transferred to hospitals.

– Statement from Egypt's ministry of interior

Yesterday, the so-called Islamic State released a statement it had repelled an attack by the Egyptian military in the western desert leading to heightened security in the area.

The Mexican foreign ministry has confirmed two Mexican nationals were among those killed.

Mexico's president Enrique Peña Nieto has condemned the attack and demanded a full investigation into the incident by the Egyptian government.


UK ambassador 'summoned over Al-Jazeera verdict remarks'

Two of the journalists were led away after the verdict, while a third was sentenced in absentia. Credit: Reuters

Egypt's foreign ministry has summoned the British ambassador over comments he made on a court's decision to hand down prison sentences for three Al-Jazeera journalists, state television reported.

John Casson has suggested that Egypt's stability should be built on freedom of the press and freedom of expression.

On Saturday, the journalists were sentenced to three years for operating without a press licence and broadcasting material said to be harmful to Egypt.

Mohamed Fahmy a naturalised Canadian who has given up his Egyptian citizenship, and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were led away from court after the verdict.

Australian Peter Greste was sentenced in absentia after he was deported from the country in February.

United States 'deeply disappointed' by Al-Jazeera verdict

Three Al-Jazeera English journalists were given three year sentences in Egypt. Credit: Reuters

The US State Department has said it is "deeply disappointed" by the verdict handed down to three Al-Jazeera English journalists in the Egyptian court today.

We urge the government of Egypt to take all available measures to redress this verdict, which undermines the very freedom of expression necessary for stability and development.

– Statement from the US State Department

The journalists were sentenced to three years in prison for operating without a press license and broadcasting material said to be harmful to Egypt.

Minister criticises Egypt over Al-Jazeera sentences

Canadian Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy talks to media before the verdict. Credit: Reuters

The Government has called on Egypt to take urgent action to resolve the position of two British reporters caught up in legal cases against journalists in the country.

Minister for Middle East and North Africa Tobias Ellwood spoke after an Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison for broadcasting false news.

Two British journalists, Sue Turton and Dominic Kane, have previously been tried in their absence, and found guilty.

I am deeply concerned by the sentences handed down today against journalists in Egypt. These sentences will undermine confidence in Egypt's progress towards strong long term stability based on implementing the rights granted by the Egyptian constitution.

We have repeatedly raised this case and the restrictions on freedom of expression in Egypt with ministers and senior officials. It is vital that the Egyptian authorities take urgent action to resolve the position of the two British nationals in this case.

– Tobias Ellwood

Greste 'shocked and outraged' after Egypt verdict

Journalist Peter Greste has reacted angrily after an Egyptian court sentenced him and two al-Jazeera colleages to three years in prison for broadcasting "harmful" material.

Mr Greste was sentenced in absentia after being deported in February but Mohamed Fahmy a naturalised Canadian who has given up his Egyptian citizenship, and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were led away from court after the verdict.

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