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Egypt Jailed Australian Journalist's Parents Say 'Grave Injustice'

Australian journalist Peter Greste is "coping well" in jail since his conviction by an Egyptian court, his parents said Thursday, but said the family were devastated by the many months he has already spent behind bars.

"In his mind, and in ours too, there’s absolutely no way he’s going to be there for the next seven years," his mother, 75-year-old Lois Greste, said, while accompanied by her husband, Juris Greste, 78.

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Three Dead in Egypt as Planned Bomb Attack Fails

Three people were killed when two bombs they were carrying in a pick-up truck went off prematurely south of Cairo, Egyptian government and security forces announced on Wednesday.

The three, who were allegedly planning an attack, were killed outright when the truck was completely blown apart in the village of Shurafa.

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Rocket Attack Kills Girl in Egypt's Sinai

A nine-year-old girl was killed on Monday when a rocket hit the ground outside a house in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, in an apparent attack targeting soldiers, security officials said.

Another girl, 10, was wounded in the blast south of the town of Sheikh Zuwaid in northern Sinai.

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Egypt Slams 'Excessive' Israeli Force against Gaza Civilians

Egypt on Monday condemned Israel for using what it said was "excessive force" against civilians in the Gaza Strip.

It also urged Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian movement that dominates the Gaza Strip, to abide by the "humanitarian truce" proposed by Cairo and backed by the United Nations to end the 21-day conflict.

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Abbas to Head 'Joint Team' for Gaza Ceasefire Talks

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is to head a team including Hamas for talks in Cairo on sealing a Gaza ceasefire between the Islamist movement and Israel, an official said Monday.

"Abbas is forming a Palestinian delegation including Hamas and Islamic Jihad representatives to meet Egyptian leaders and discuss a halt to Israel's aggression against Gaza," said the senior official in the West Bank city of Ramallah where the Abbas-led Palestinian Authority is based.

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Morsi Salutes Palestinian 'Resistance' in Gaza

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has praised the Palestinian "resistance" over the 21-day conflict with Israel in Gaza that has killed more than 1,030 people, mostly Palestinian civilians.

The Islamist leader, overthrown last July by Egypt's then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is on trial on charges for which he faces the death penalty.

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Libya Denies Egyptians Killed in Tripoli Attack

Libya on Monday denied claims from Cairo that Egyptian nationals were among those killed in a rocket attack on a house in Tripoli at the weekend.

Egypt's foreign ministry had said a rocket hit a house in the capital on Saturday, killing 23 people, including several Egyptians.

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Egypt Army Destroys 13 More Gaza Tunnels

Egypt's army said Sunday it has destroyed 13 more tunnels connecting the Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip, taking to 1,639 the overall number it has laid waste to.

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Egypt Prosecution Refers 20 'Militants' to Trial

Egypt's prosecution on Saturday referred to trial 20 alleged militants from shadowy jihadist group Ajnad Misr, over several attacks in which six policemen and a civilian were killed.

Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) is one of the main jihadist groups to have targeted the security forces since the army ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July last year.

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Mortar Attack Kills Four Children in Egypt's Sinai

Four children were killed on Saturday in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula when a mortar round hit their home, in an apparent attack by militants targeting soldiers, security officials said.

The attack took place in the northern Sinai town of El-Joura, believed to be a bastion of Islamist militants who have killed scores of police and soldiers over the past year.

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