Al-Jazeera Journalists Await Appeal After 1 Year in Egyptian Jail
Three Al-Jazeera journalists are marking one year since they were arrested in Egypt on charges of supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood, as they look toward a court date Thursday to appeal their case.
Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy are in prison on seven-year sentences, while their Egyptian colleague Baher Mohamed is serving a 10-year sentence.
Greste's brother Michael told reporters Monday that the family has to be hopeful the court appeal will lead to the journalists' release.
Egyptian President Mohamed Fattah el-Sissi said after the journalists were convicted in July that the decision must be respected and he would not interfere.
Al-Jazeera has insisted its workers were simply doing their jobs reporting the news, and the news agency called the verdict against them "shocking."
South Korea Proposes Talks With North Korea
A senior South Korean official has offered to hold ministerial-level talks with North Korea to discuss "mutual concerns," including a reunion of families separated by the Korean War.
Ryo Kihl-jae, the South's unification minister in charge of North Korean affairs, told a news conference Monday that a formal request had been sent to Pyongyang. He said he is willing to discuss any issues of mutual concern.
If agreed to, the talks would take place next month in Pyongyang with Ryo's counterpart, Kim Yang Gon.
The two countries had agreed on high-level talks scheduled for two months ago after a surprise visit to Seoul in October by a high-powered delegation from the North. However, North Korea angrily backed out when activists in the South sent anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border via balloons.