In this Dec. 12, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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US President Barack Obama spoke to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday and expressed concern over mass trials and the continued detention of journalists and peaceful activists.In early December, an Egyptian court sentenced 188 people to death for the murder of 13 police officers -- the latest in a series of mass trials launched by authorities amid a crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.Egypt has also cracked down on the press, sentencing several journalists including three from international news network Al-Jazeera to lengthy prison terms.
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