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US 'concerned' by Egypt court ruling on Al-Jazeera reporters

Al-Jazeera journalists, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy (R) and Egyptian Baher Mohamed (C), react as they attend their trial in the capital Cairo on August 29, 2015The United States said it was “deeply disappointed and concerned” after an Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera reporters to three years in prison Saturday, calling for the ruling to be overturned. “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,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. Washington added its heft to growing international outrage at the ruling after the Cairo court said the trio had broadcast “false” news that harmed Egypt.

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