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Kerry urges Egypt to drop mass trial sentencings

Relatives of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi gather outside the courthouse on March 25, 2014 in MinyaUS Secretary of State John Kerry urged Egypt Wednesday to overturn a court decision sentencing 529 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to death, warning it sent a “negative message” around the world. “I am deeply, deeply troubled by the sudden and unprecedented decision by an Egyptian court to issue preliminary death sentences for 529 citizens after a quick mass trial,” Kerry said in a statement, issued while he was on a surprise trip to Jordan.

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