Jailed Al Jazeera Journalist Abdullah Elshamy Speaks Out: The VICE News Interview

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On August 14, 2013, Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy was arrested in Egypt. Though he was never charged, he was accused of helping the Muslim Brotherhood by writing stories that were “harmful to national security.” While awaiting trial, Elshamy was transported through four jails in the country — including a maximum security facility — and put in solitary confinement. After going on a hunger strike in January that lasted 147 days, he was released on medical grounds on June 18, 2014 — 307 days after his initial arrest.

VICE News Editor-in-Chief Jason Mojica interviewed Abdullah Elshamy about his experience in Egyptian prison, and his thoughts on the future of press freedom.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – July, 07 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Egypt sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader, the Taliban sets oil tankers ablaze in Afghanistan, Al-Shabaab kills 29 on Kenya’s coast and Bolivia to allow 10 year-olds into the workforce.

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EGYPT
An Egyptian court has sentenced the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood to life in prison for inciting violence in protests last year.

AFGHANISTAN
On Saturday, Taliban fighters set fire to about 200 oil tanker trucks that were supplying fuel for US-led NATO forces.

KENYA
Two raids by Al-Shabaab on Kenya’s coast left 29 people dead, including one foreign tourist and one police officer.

BOLIVIA
Bolivia has passed a new law, allowing child workers as young as 10 years old to enter the workforce.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – June, 6 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt face 15 years in prison, Kenyan police seize hundreds of elephant tusks, Thai military sweeps the country for weapons, and Brazil’s ‘love hotels’ are refurbished for the upcoming World Cup.

EGYPT
Prosecutors Seek Maximum Sentences for Al Jazeera Journalists
The three, accused of supporting the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, face 15 years in prison. Read more here: http://bit.ly/Uh8dli

KENYA
Police Seize Elephant Ivory in Mombasa
Authorities intercepted the parts as they were being prepared for export.

THAILAND
Army and Police Round up Weapons
Hundreds of weapons have been confiscated since authorities declared martial law month.

BRAZIL
Rio’s ‘Love Hotels’ Updated Ahead of World Cup
Rooms outfitted with more traditional decor to appeal to a broader clientele.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – May, 7 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Ukraine says troops from Russia and Crimea are fighting alongside separatists in the east of the country, Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Fattah El-Sisi says the Egyptian people will ‘put an end’ to the Muslim Brotherhood if he is elected, Iran’s hardline Revolutionary Guard says it builds then sinks replica American warships for practice, and French forces release video of their battle with rebels in the Central African Republic.

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UKRAINE
Government Says Russia has Troops in Embattled East
Officials report casualties on both sides as fighting intensifies between government troops and separatists.

EGYPT
Sisi Says Egyptians Will ‘Put an End’ to the Muslim Brotherhood
The former army chief gives his first national television interview since announcing his run for presidential office.

IRAN
Replica U.S. Ships Built and Destroyed for Target Practice
Naval chief’s comments showcase how different the Revolutionary Guard’s tone is from the more moderate President Hassan Rouhani.

C.A.R.
French Army Releases Video Of Fierce Fighting
French forces engaged in an hours-long battle with rebels believed to have killed aid workers and civilians last month.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – April, 29 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Egyptian courts hand down hundreds of death sentences and outlaw a pro-democracy youth movement, a pro-Russia mayor is shot in Ukraine’s second largest city and a rally in Donetsk turns violent, deadly attacks on an aid clinic and peacekeepers convoy are reported in the Central African Republic, and the government and rebels of South Sudan give peace another chance.

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EGYPT
Hundreds Sentenced to Death, April 6 Youth Movement Outlawed
More than 600 receive death sentences including the Muslim Brotherhood leader, and a Cairo court outlaws activities of the group that helped organize protests spurring the 2011 uprising.

UKRAINE
Pro-Russia Mayor Shot, Pro-Ukraine Rally Turns Violent
Kharkhiv mayor Gennady Kernes in critical condition after failed assassination attempt, and violent confrontations are reported at a pro-Ukraine rally in Donetsk.

C.A.R.
Deadly Attacks on Aid Clinic and Peacekeepers Convoy
Rebel assault shuts down Doctors Without Borders operations after at least 16 are killed, and a convoy is attacked while transporting hundreds of Muslims fleeing the violence.

SOUTH SUDAN
Peace Talks Resume Between Government and Rebels
Leaders of the two sides meet in the Ethiopian capital with hopes to restore the broken ceasefire.

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