US calls for Morsi's release

The US State Department has called on Egypt to release the deposed president Mohamed Morsi from detention.

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Egyptian military closes three Islamist-run TV stations

Egypt's military-led authorities shut down three Islamist-run TV stations on Wednesday including one operated by the Muslim Brotherhood.

The security forces also raided the offices of Al Jazeera's Egyptian news channel and detained at least five of its staff, said Karim El-Assiuti, one of its journalists. Four of them were later released, the channel said.

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The New York based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists, said it was "concerned by reports that authorities are shutting down television coverage based on political perspective".

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