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Breaking: Al Jazeera journalists ordered released, but case not dismissed

CAIRO – An Egyptian court has ordered the release of two Al-Jazeera journalists pending their retrial for allegedly supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Canadian Mohamed Fahmy was ordered on Thursday to pay bail of 250,000 Egyptian pounds ($A42,810) while Egyptian Baher Mohamed was released on his own recognisance along with other defendants. The case was adjourned until February 23. “I ...

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Terror accused vow to stab and strike

Two men arrested in Sydney on terror charges wanted to inspire other “soldiers of the caliphate” in Australia to carry out more attacks, vowing in a video to stab the kidneys and necks of enemies of Islamic State. In a chilling declaration akin to a martyrdom video, one of the accused is seen kneeling before an Islamic State flag, holding ...

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US won’t pay ransoms: Obama

Washington-Hours after confirming the death of a US hostage snatched in Syria, President Barack Obama has described the anguish of dealing with distraught families, but insists his government won’t pay ransoms. Telling loved ones he would not allow ransom payments in return for freedom is “as tough as anything I do”, Obama told BuzzFeed in an interview following the death ...

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How to Prep your Hair for Autumn

Hairdresser Nina Ibrahim offers her best tips for hair management in autumn, a season often seen as the most difficult for hair care. As we approach autumn, many of us begin to panic about our hair. It seems as the leaves fall, so too does our hair, turning dry and brittle and difficult to manage. Below are three tips to ...

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Lawyer Amal Clooney pushes for Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy’s release

Lawyer Amal Clooney has requested a meeting with Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sissi in an attempt to push for the release of Al-Jazeera reporter Mohamed Fahmy, reports The Canadian Press. Fahmy and his Al Jazeera colleagues, Australian journalist Peter Greste and producer Egyptian Baher were jailed in Cairo in December 2013 and sentenced after being convicted of supporting the blacklisted ...

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Lebanese Fashion School Scouts Talent in Refugee Camps and Orphanages

(Reuters) -It’s in the refugee camps and orphanages of Lebanon that Creative Space Beirut, a fashion school, looks for emerging talent for its three-year program taught by top Lebanese and international designers. Sarah Hermez, 28, founder and director of Creative Space, chooses ten underprivileged students from different backgrounds to join her school in the art district of east Beirut. They ...

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Jordan’s King Abdullah declares a war against ISIS

Following the release of an Islamic State group video depicting Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh being burned to death in a cage,  Jordan’s King Abdullah has declared a war against ISIS. “We are waging this war to protect our faith, our values and human principles and our war for their sake will be relentless and will hit them in their own ...

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Egypt: Al Jazeera Journalist Could be Freed Within Hours

A Qatar-based news channel has reported that jailed Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy could be free within hours. According to his family, Fahmy recently renounced his Egyptian citizenship, paving the way for his release and deportation under a presidential decree. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said late on Monday that Fahmy’s release was “imminent.” Fahmy’s Australian colleague Peter Greste was ...

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Australian Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste Freed

After 400 days of imprisonment Australian Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has been freed and deported from Egypt and flown to Cyprus. Greste was arrested in December 2013 and tried on charges that included spreading false news and collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the military in 2013. Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher ...

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BREAKING: Lebanon Takes Military Action to Protect its Border from Syrian Jihadis

Fears of facing another Islamist militant attack on the Syrian border have led the Lebanese army to preemptively attack, shelling the outskirts of the northeastern Bekaa Valley area of Ras Baalbek, reports the Daily Star. Just last month Syria-based militants, allegedly linked to ISIS, launched a surprise attack on an Army post in Tallet al-Hamr, in an early morning attack on 23 January. This ...

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