Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed stand behind bars with other defendants as they listen to the ruling at a court in Cairo

Egypt jails Al Jazeera journalists, US calls sentences “chilling”

By Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) – Three Al Jazeera journalists were jailed for seven years each by an Egyptian judge on Monday, in what Washington called “chilling, draconian sentences” that must be reversed. Cairo defended the journalists’ convictions – for aiding a “terrorist organisation” – and rejected the widespread condemnation as “interference in its internal … Read more

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague talks to journalists upon his arrival for a Council of Europe meeting in Vienna May 6, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

European Foreign Ministers discuss Ukraine as death tolls rises

European foreign ministers met in Vienna Tuesday for a diplomatic effort to defuse the Ukrainian crisis, one day after up to 30 people were feared to have been killed in fighting in the country’s east. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the annual meeting of the Council of Europe’s foreign ministers should send a message … Read more